Two coaches on a very hot seat
It is hard to predict for sure, but I would say that University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and Green Bay Packers mentor Mike McCarthy are sitting on hot seats today.
Now, the two skippers aren’t necessarily in as much peril as they were just a week ago.
But the events of the past few days have cast some very serious doubts about their future.
In Harbaugh’s case, the 62-39 thrashing suffered at the hands of Ohio State was the worst possible scenario for him.
In winning 10 of 11 games this fall, the Wolverines were starting to resemble the powerhouses assembled in past seasons in Ann Arbor.
They had a defensive unit ranked as the best in the NCAA. They also had acquired a No. 1 quarterback in Shea Patterson, who thanks to the NCAA, was spirited over from Mississippi State.
And they appeared to have recovered the swagger that dominant UM teams always had.
But the hated Buckeyes quickly destroyed that swagger with a passing attack that blitzed the Maize and Blue.
Harbaugh, who makes a much money coaching as any coach (Nick Saban in Alabama is the lone exception) had promised the world to UM fans.
He may not fare as well with his bosses, now.
McCarthy could be in deeper trouble in Green Bay after the most recent loss to Minnesota.
Many Packer fans will tell you that any coach who has All-World Aaron Rodgers at quarterback should be in the Super Bowl every other season.
That has not been the case this year.
The Packers, including Rodgers, have struggled on offense at times. And they have had to deal with injuries on the defensive side of the ball.
Trading away veteran defensive back Ha-Ha Clinton Dix was a real head-scratcher.
Unlike the futile Detroit Lions, who always shoot themselves in the foot, the Packers still have a shot at the playoffs this season.
But it is a good bet that McCarthy will not be back in Titletown next year, if they do not.