COMMENTARY | Professional football is like any big business in the sense that corporate politics are a huge component of daily life. And as many people are likely well aware, politics often dictate the ultimate destination of both credit and blame.
The Green Bay Packers fielded one of the worst defenses in the NFL during the 2013 season and to date not one person in the organization has stepped up to accept responsibility.
As of right now, it appears that the Packers' brass are made of Teflon as it has been virtually impossible to stick any of them with the blame for the team's 25th defensive ranking this year.
After getting tuned by the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, head coach Mike McCarthy implied that big changes were coming on defense. What materialized was the release of Jerron McMillian, a backup safety in his second year -- hardly a notable change.
This week, after losing to the 49ers in the playoffs, McCarthy went the opposite direction of dramatic change and effectively reiterated his support for Dom Capers by calling him an "outstanding football coach," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
If that statement is to be taken seriously, McCarthy appears to be implying it was the personnel on Green Bay's defense that didn't meet the minimum acceptable standard in 2013, not the coaches.
As of today, Jerron McMillian is the only player or coach to be singled out for the Packers' defensive problems in 2013. To think that McMillian deserves any more than a minuscule portion of blame this year for the team's defensive woes is both unthinkable and reprehensible.
Instead, the Packers and their fans might question why a bigger fish in Green Bay hasn't stepped up to the plate to accept responsibility for the team's defensive fuitility, which extends much further back than the current season.
As of now all we have is McCarthy on record praising Capers as a top-notch defensive coordinator.
While the team is probably just starting its evaluations of what went wrong in 2013, it's likely they already have a pretty good sense of the main culprits.
If they aren't going to lay the blame at the feet of Capers in terms of scheme, then they need to specifically articulate that general manager Ted Thompson did not provide an adequate arsenal of talent. They also need to highlight which specific positions require an immediate upgrade.
The first step in improving is admitting there's a problem to begin with. That means someone in Green Bay needs to step into the spotlight and accept responsibility for the travesty that has been Packers' defense in recent years.
After taking the bull by the horns, the organization can then lay out their strategy and tactics for improving in the future. That comprehensive plan should include measurable goals with key responsibilities tied to specific people within the organization.
Future evaluations can then be made as to the success or failure of that effort and executives, coaches, and players can be held accountable.
The current void in responsibility-taking is simply unacceptable. Fans of the team deserve to know that the organization is still functioning effectively and not sweeping glaring problems under the proverbial rug.
As of now, there's reason to believe that the main stewards of the team are simply avoiding the difficult questions. If that is indeed the case, team CEO Mark Murphy may have to get involved in the process and ensure the Packers' best interests are being sought.
Andrew Prochnow is a derivatives trader by day and a Green Bay Packers fan by night. He is a regular contributor at Yahoo Sports and The Bleacher Report. Tweet him @AndrewProchnow.
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