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Trouble In Paradise McCarthy and Rodgers

Mike McCarthy , Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy are bound together for better or worse. Like a marriage it only works if both are invested in the relationship. The best relationship a quarterback and coach had recently was in the 80s with Bill Walsh and Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers. They won four Super bowls together.

If Rodgers and McCarthy ever want to have a chance to get another Super bowl I believe they need at least three things that any good relationship has.

The first area is communication. In the matter of Rodgers and McCarthy’s relationship it is about play calling. Rodgers is an elite quarterback. Also, sometimes arrogant in his belief he can make a play. It was evident when he throw that pass to Cobb in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati. It doesn’t matter who called that play that ended in an interception. What matters is that McCarthy and Rodgers were not on the same page. If they were on the same page they both would have realized a run was the better choice. Rodgers and McCarthy need to communicate effectively and take what the defense will give them. They were on the same page against the Redskins and Rodgers had one of his best career days as a Packer.

The Second area is trust. McCarthy does trust Rodgers to make a play. Does Rodgers trust McCarthy to call the play? I am not so sure about that. I have seen Rodgers point to McCarthy, and pat McCarthy on the butt when the play calling is going well. When McCarthy is not calling a good game. I have seen Rodgers go to the bench and pout.
What happened in Cincinnati is new. I haven’t see Rodgers go after McCarthy like that before. Any relationship that the trust dissolves in. You see couples challenging one another. Rodgers has been in this offense long enough to know what is going to work and what is not going to work. If Rodgers and McCarthy want to be able to trust one another. They have to be able to let one another earn the trust by calling a game plan that ends in a victory.

The third area is respect. Rodgers is the leader of the team. If he doesn’t respect McCarthy the team probably won’t either. Rodgers did say after the side line spat in Cincinnati that him and Mike are fine. They talked it out and resolved it. McCarthy has to earn Rodger’s respect. It is not easy with Rodgers. He still has a chip on his shoulder from all the scouts, fans, press, and NFL personnel who didn’t believe in him. The only way McCarthy can do that is by winning. That’s easier said than done in today’s NFL where parity is goal of the league.

Relationships are not easy. They are full of ups and downs. It takes a lot of work. For better or worse McCarthy and Rodgers are the key to winning more Super bowls

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