When Mike McCarthy was fired after losing to the Arizona Cardinals with 4 games left in the 2018 season, most fans weren’t surprised that a move was made.
The Packers were facing their 2nd straight year missing out on the postseason, but according to the 2nd winningest coach in Green Bay’s history, when the change was made, was tougher than why. In an interview with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky McCarthy said:
“If we missed the playoffs, I expected change might happen, but the timing surprised me. Actually it stunned me. It couldn’t have been handled any worse.”
It seems as if McCarthy’s firing has changed his attitude from indignity to contemplation.
“Time provides the opportunity for reflection and clarity and that’s where I’m at now. And it’s clear to me now that both sides needed a change.”
In the story, McCarthy also reflected on his relationship with Aaron Rodgers.
“In football, there are things that are said on the sideline that stay on the sidelines for players and coaches alike. As far as that situation, I honestly am not aware of it. Aaron has always been heavily involved in game-planning each week and scheme design each year. I entrusted him and empowered him more than any other quarterback I’ve ever been around, especially at the line of scrimmage. As far as coaching him, I’d use a lot of words. He’s challenging, very rewarding and fun. We had a lot of fun. Some of my greatest one-on-one conversations, accomplishments, adjustments and adversity we fought through have been with Aaron. The difficulty in coaching a Hall of Fame quarterback is keeping that connection, the efficiency and the fluency with the other players on offense. They want to do more. They’re capable of doing so much more, but the reality is you have to remember is it’s the coordination of 11 men on every play. But yeah, it’s pretty fun to go through your entire offensive playbook and know you can run everything in there with your quarterback. I mean, that’s a joy. His job was to score as many points as he can. My job was to make it all work. We can all grow personally and professionally, but because of the experience I had not only with Aaron but with all my players, I know I’m a much better person and a better coach than I was 13 years ago. I hope Aaron and all the players I coached, I hope they feel the same.”
McCarthy also took the high road in many ways, thanking all of the people within the Packers organization who helped him along the way while putting things in perspective.
“As a coach, your season is defined by wins and losses. This year is about family moments and how many family moments put us in position to grow. That’s my scoreboard.”