I don’t know too much about the Packers FO, true that Wolf and Ted Thompson basically did 100% of the personnel decisions in terms of drafting, hit on a couple real big stars, including picking up Rodgers at 24th overall (Alex Smith was drafted before him). I don’t know about the FO too much, but I assume they pretty much wield the same amount of power as before, as McCarthy was never the final say in personnel decision making.
Rodger’s story is pretty fantastic. He was great in high school, setting divison records, but no D1 schools would take him, he ended up playing for Butte community college, and after a stellar year there, he finally got picked up by Cal. Where he continued to play in an NFL level passing offense, until he was overlooked for Alex Smith.
So yeah, the guy definitely has a chip on his shoulder, and he plays like it.
And… oh boy, are things already looking like a circus.
Idiotic packers fans will probably balk at hiring the HC from Michigan, who absolutely smoked the Packers with Colin Kaepernick as the head coach of the 49ers. The hatred is strong in packer country.
The 49ers were 44-19-1 with Harbaugh in charge, with five playoff wins, three NFC title game appearances and a perfect 4-0 record against McCarthy, including two playoff victories.
But I say, fuck it, rather him than some system guy. If he is willing to build an explosive offense around Rodger’s talents, bring the guy in.
Josh McDaniels makes a lot of sense too. Jumping from the Patriots to Indy? Obviously that wasn’t what he wanted, but jumping from the Patriots to coach Aaron Rodgers in the wide open NFC North (forget the scary-ness of the Bears next year) That seems attractive. Getting a QB just as capable as Tom Brady, without the weird cult-science B.S. trainers? Sounds like a win.
Though, the record of the Bellicheck coaching tree leave a lot to be desired, but McDaniels is probably the closest to being the real deal, even though his HC stint in Denver wasn’t great. He was with the Patriots for every one of their Super bowls with Bellicheck.
I honestly would prefer Harbaugh. Given those 2 options. Get somebody different in, not another Patriots system guy, it really depends on who can maximize the 4-5 years of Rodgers has left of near peak play.