Greg Jennings the former wide receiver with the Green Bay Packers took aim once again at his former team. This time, Jennings blamed head coach Mike McCarthy for being the primary reason the Packers have won just one Super Bowl since Aaron Rodgers became the starting quarterback.
While he also blamed some of the team’s shortcomings during the postseason on the lack of Packer defense, Jennings pointed to the potent offense of the New England Patriots behind signal caller Tom Brady and said the most obvious difference between the Packers and Patriots is that Packers coach McCarthy was far from being Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
This week Jennings said that he would just come out and say that if the team was in the lead, the issue was not the defense, but it was McCarthy. He made his remarks during a Fox Sports show in which he is an analyst.
He added that when you watch the Patriots play while in the lead, they go for their opponent’s throat and do not relax. He continued by saying they have one of the greatest quarterbacks, but what they also have is arguably the best NFL head coach in Belichick.
It is common knowledge that Jennings often criticizes the Packers, as he does Rodgers as well, since his split from the team in 2013. He played seven seasons in Green Bay prior to playing two in Minnesota with the Vikings and one in Miami with the Dolphins.
McCarthy has been heavily scrutinized for the playoff losses Green Bay has suffered over the years, especially after the team lost a very closes NFC Championship Game during the 2014 NFL season to the Seattle Seahawks, after leading the game 16-0.
Prior to the start of the 2016 season, McCarthy would respond to the frequent criticism by saying he did not consider himself a conservative coach.
In his eleven seasons as the head coach of the Packers, McCarthy is 114-61-1 for a winning percentage of 64.8%, but in the playoffs his teams are just 10-8 which is a mediocre 55.5%. He won his only Super Bowl as the head coach of the Packers following the 2010 season.
Green Bay is once again expected to battle for the NFC North crown with Minnesota being its biggest rival this season. Both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are expected to finish either third or fourth in the division.
Rodgers returns for his 13th season playing for Green Bay. The former All-Pro signal caller threw 40 touchdown passes and just 7 interceptions last season.