The fire under Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy's seat has gotten a bit hotter after his team fell to a disappointing 24-17 loss on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
It was the Packers' fourth loss in their last five games, including each of their first six road games of the season that have put the franchise in a tough spot to earn a place in the playoffs. Following Sunday's tilt, McCarthy voiced that he needs to do his part and coach better, as shared by Brian Jones of 247 Sports.
“I understand why you’re asking the questions. That’s part of the deal. We’re about winning football games. We didn’t do enough. I didn’t do enough. I need to coach better.”
Green Bay is now in the position where the team has to win out the final five games of the regular season in order to even have a shot at earning one of the two Wild Card spots. They are currently in a six-team battle for those two positions for the rest of the season.
The Packers have struggled to find any level of consistency on the field and that was on full display during Sunday's loss to the Vikings. They had plenty of difficulty moving the ball against the Vikings defense.
Granted, Minnesota does possess a talented defensive unit, but there wasn't fluidity offensively from the Packers. They had 254 total yards with 14 first downs, converted just 2-of-10 third downs, and had a turnover.
Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was unable to play effectively as he completed 17-of-28 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. He orchestrated just one scoring drive in the second half with a field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Ultimately, the writing may already be on the wall for a coaching change this upcoming offseason.