Green Bay Packers: Comparing Mike McCarthy and Jason Kidd

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 10: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers walks onto the field prior to a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on August 10, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 10: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers walks onto the field prior to a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on August 10, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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1. The team falls apart without a superstar

Antetokounmpo is a superstar. One of the biggest issues with the Bucks the last few years is that the team would just crumble when he wasn’t on the floor. Some signs of good coaching are positive player development, using players to their strengths and scheming to put players in positions to succeed.  Looking at the on/off numbers for Antetokounmpo the past few years is a clear indicator that the coaching was a big issue. Per this FanSided article, the Bucks had a negative net rating with Antetokounmpo off the floor each of the last three years:

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Fast forward to this year under Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks have a +7.6 net rating when Antetokounmpo is off the floor, which, according to the article, is “dominant”. The Bucks’ schemes and coaching this year is giving them an advantage compared to previous years when Antetokounmpo was so good that he was overcoming bad schemes to make the Bucks a playoff team.

Rodgers is also a superstar and might be the best quarterback of all time. And one thing that is pretty obvious to probably every Packers’ fan is they aren’t very good without him.

Rodgers has missed significant time in both 2017 and 2013.  He missed a combined 16 games those years and the team, under McCarthy, went 5-10-1. An excellent coach should be able to scrape together a .500 record even without a superstar QB, but McCarthy wasn’t even close to that.

This again points to the Packers current coaching not providing a schematic advantage and not putting players in a potion to succeed. It also points to the fact that Rodgers can make a mediocre team a playoff team.