“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.” –Vince Lombardi
This famous quote from Green Bay Packers legendary head coach Vince Lombardi is associated with influencing others that the only thing that matters is to never give up and to always try your hardest. Vince Lombardi’s influence increasingly transpired into today’s culture, but the legacy is not just football, it’s with life itself, the mentality for how to live it the right way.
Now besides the fact the Super Bowl trophy is named the “Lombardi Trophy”, his legacy has even transpired way greater than that. The late Jimmy V famously incorporated Lombardi’s words into his own speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards about fighting cancer, inspiring others to “never giving up” no matter what circumstance presents itself.
The legacy of Lombardi now is worldwide, but that does not compare to the amount of pride his legacy has within the city of Green Bay, state of Wisconsin, and especially with Packers fans.
At the moment, the Packers’ backs are against the wall sitting with a record of 4-6-1 with just five games remaining on the schedule. Unless Green Bay wins out, as well as with some other help from contending NFC wild card teams losing, this appears to be the conclusion of the ‘Mike McCarthy era’.
Although McCarthy has a Super Bowl victory sitting right at the top of his coaching resume, one Super Bowl appearance in a thirteen-year span (with arguably one of the most talented quarterbacks of all-time) is absolutely unacceptable. You can point to an array of different excuses to maybe why it’s not entirely “all his fault”, but at the end of the day; the Packers as a whole have lost their fire and energy in their play which made them great.
The fact of the matter is this is starting to become an organization that as of late has not by any means lived up towards Vince Lombardi’s standards. The past few seasons they’ve lost that winning edge to be the absolute best, and now it’s more than time to make the change with hopes to bring that winning edge back and.
Currently, Mike McCarthy is the new betting-odds favorite to be fired according to (side note: it’s pretty absurd that you actually can profit off somebody else losing their job). Now, my intentions are not to just sit here and bash Mike McCarthy, but what I want is to be realistic by creating some speculation on a possible replacement candidate.
We are at the point where it’s not speculating whether McCarthy will be fired, but rather who makes sense as a possible replacement. There always is a wish list of coaches ready to take an available opportunity if it presents itself. Typically, up and coming coordinators for champion-contending organizations, or some big-name college and former NFL head coaches always seem to highlight the list.
The Packers can go a ton of different routes with this, but ultimately their best interest would be somebody that could create the best possible situation for Aaron Rodgers, but as well as bring back Lombardi’s foundation of winning and competing at your hardest level possible.
I’m proposing a speculative theory which I have not seen yet anybody else mention, in which the Packers maybe can at least consider. If you want to bring back the Lombardi standard; well how about considering a coach who actually happens to be in the Lombardi bloodline?
Joe Lombardi is the 47 year-old grandson of the legendary Vince Lombardi, and currently is the quarterback coach for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees has been dominant for the past decade, which includes five (on pace for six) 5,000 yard seasons, as well as the and the NFL record for passing yards in a season and career passing yards & touchdown passes.
Since Joe Lombardi took over as Brees’s coach in 2009, all but one of those 5,000 yard seasons has been under Lombardi. This includes their 2010 Super Bowl victory which was his first year as the QB coach. Lombardi left the Saints for one season in 2014, where he took the job as offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions under former head coach Jim Caldwell.
As amazing as Drew Brees is, the fact that he is still continuing to improve his game each year despite approaching his 40th birthday, should at least exemplifies Joe Lombardi’s success and direct impact as Brees coach. It should also highlight the fact that Lombardi has obviously had a great dynamic with Brees, which makes it very encouraging he could create that same dynamic with Aaron Rodgers.
Although, I am not 100% saying he is the “perfect guy” for the job, mainly due to nobody actually would know cause he’s never been a head coach before, but that ironically possibly can be viewed as a positive thing. Some recent notable successful head coach hiring’s such as Sean McVay, Doug Pederson, Frank Reich, Kyle Shanahan have all never had previous head coaching experience prior, and neither was McCarthy when he was hired from San Francisco.
The reason these coaches have been so successful is not just because they offer a brilliant football mindset towards implementing the right schemes, but they possess a winning pedigree influencing other’s to be great. Somebody who the players want to play and win for, practically convincing them to willingly “run through a wall” for them.
Therefore, there really is no reason for why the Packers should not at least consider and interview Joe Lombardi to replace Mike McCarthy as the next head coach. Considering a successful offensive-minded coach at just 47 years-old, along with the experience within a winning football organization, and the family bloodline of which the street of Lambeau Field is named after and a statue in-front of does not sound to be too crazy of an idea.