The Inexperienced Bay Packers introduced Sunday that they’d fired head coach Mike McCarthy, hours after the staff misplaced at dwelling to the Arizona Cardinals.
“The 2018 season has not lived as much as the expectations and requirements of the Inexperienced Bay Packers,” staff president and CEO Mark Murphy mentioned in an announcement. “Consequently, I made the tough determination to alleviate Mike McCarthy of his function as head coach, efficient instantly.”
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was named the Packers interim head coach. Murphy mentioned the method of hiring the storied franchise’s subsequent head coach would start instantly.
Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Cardinals — who entered the sport with a 2-9 report — dropped the Packers to 4-7-1 and dealt a crippling blow to the staff’s possibilities of making the playoffs. It was the primary time Inexperienced Bay had misplaced to the Cardinals at dwelling since 1949, when the Cardinals franchise was based mostly in Chicago.
McCarthy was in his 13th season as Inexperienced Bay head coach, making him the third-longest tenured coach within the league on the time of his dismissal — trailing solely Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals and Invoice Belichick of the New England Patriots.
Throughout his tenure, the Packers gained their fourth Tremendous Bowl championship following the 2010 season. However current years had seen the staff endure prolonged struggles and an growing reliance on star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, with whom McCarthy appeared to have a strained relationship.
In 2016, the Packers began 4-6 however gained eight straight video games to get to the NFC title sport, shedding to the Atlanta Falcons. Inexperienced Bay completed 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2017, when Rodgers missed intensive time with a damaged collarbone.
McCarthy shook up his teaching workers, together with bringing Philbin again as offensive coordinator and hiring Mike Pettine to exchange Dom Capers as defensive coordinator. Totally different issues emerged.
This 12 months, Rodgers harm his left knee within the season opener, although he’s feeling higher now. Receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison have missed time with accidents. The identical points stored popping up for the offense, most manifestly, empty third downs and a scarcity of explosive performs.
Rodgers was requested after the sport — however earlier than McCarthy’s firing was introduced — how a lot blame offensive gamers ought to get if the Packers made a training change after the season.
“Yeah, lots most likely. We’ve not performed very properly,” Rodgers mentioned. “All of us participate within the disappointments and the failures that we have had this season. We have had a lot of alternatives. It is not like we’re getting blown out in a bunch of video games. We’re in video games.”
McCarthy recorded a 125-77-2 common season report with the Packers and went 10-Eight within the postseason. The Packers made the playoffs in 9 of his 12 full seasons, together with eight consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2016.
The Related Press contributed to this report.