In the midst of his 13th season as head coach, the Packers have parted ways with Mike McCarthy. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will fill in as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
The Packers loss to the Cardinals all but knocked Green Bay out of playoff contention. After the game the team’s leadership quickly made the decision to fire McCarthy, a move the now former Packers head coach was not expecting, according to a report by ESPN.
“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately,” said team president Mark Murphy in a statement.
Firing Mike McCarthy, as Packers did, is almost unprecedented. Former Colts HC Don McCafferty was only HC prior to McCarthy with a SB win to his credit to not finish a season he started. Colts fired McCafferty five games into 1972 season after winning Super Bowl with him in 1970.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2018
“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”
Packers president Mark Murphy made the decision to move on from Mike McCarthy in tandem with GM Brian Gutekunst. Today, the conclusion became obvious. And pulling the trigger now allows the team to start its search, and McCarthy to set up his future.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 3, 2018
During McCarthy’s run in Green Bay he led the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2010, and reached the NFC Championship Game twice more. McCarthy also led Green Bay to eight straight playoff appearances. A streak that came to an end last season.
Speculation about McCarthy’s job security increased over recent weeks as Green Bay dropped four out of five games to the likes of Los Angeles, New England, Seattle, and Minnesota.
After Sunday’s 20-17 loss to Arizona the Packers are now 4-6-1 on the season. The worst record for a Green Bay team at this point in the season since McCarthy’s first season as head coach in 2006.
Just talked to Mike McCarthy. Had nothing but praise for the Packers organization. “Im proud I was part of the Packers family, proud to be part of such a great organization.” Said his main focus tonight is his family.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 3, 2018
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