— No head coach’s seat in the NFL is hotter than that of Mike McCarthy’s.
The frontman of the Green Bay Packers’ operations on the field for the past 13 seasons could be out of a job in the near future, according to OddsShark.
Updated odds to be the next NFL head coach fired (@betonline_ag):
Mike McCarthy +400
Todd Bowles +425
Steve Wilks +450
John Harbaugh +500
Vance Joseph +700
Dirk Koetter +700
Doug Marrone +800
Adam Gase +1000
Pat Shurmur +1000
Sean McDermott +2500 pic.twitter.com/shxsYTarwa
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) November 27, 2018
The Packers, who currently sport a 0-6 road record this season and have lost four out of their last five games, are in a familiar position where they need to engineer a miracle run just to be in the playoff conversation.
Due to their excessive struggles, McCarthy’s job has been under the limelight of heavy scrutiny. Dating back to 2015, the Packers are 4-13 in the month of November. They’ve managed just one November win in each of the past four seasons.
It’s fair to say that the final five upcoming games — starting Sunday with the Arizona Cardinals — will determine McCarthy’s future with the Packers and whether or not OddsShark’s proclamation holds true.
It is, however, entirely certain that the Packers will allow McCarthy to finish the season regardless of the outcomes of each game. It does make sense given McCarthy’s track record during his tenure in Green Bay, which includes delivering a Super Bowl title in 2010.
The Packers’ list of candidates to replace McCarthy, if the time calls for it, will also be luxurious. There won’t be any shortage of popularized names to pair with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been the starter for 11 of McCarthy’s 13 seasons.
Rodgers, who turns 35 this Sunday, will have to find a way to mesh with a new face entering the early twilight of his career.
McCarthy signed a one-year contract extension with the Packers before the season began that runs through 2019, but that doesn’t mean his job security is secured. The Packers offered McCarthy’s predecessor, Mike Sherman, an extension in 2005 that ran for three seasons but relieved him of his duties after one.
A hot streak into January could help McCarthy remain in Green Bay. Or the Packers could opt to replace the second-winningest coach in the team’s history regardless of how the culmination of 2018 looks. Either way, McCarthy’s destiny is far from being in his own control.