Packers fire Mike McCarthy after stunning loss

Packers fire Mike McCarthy after stunning loss

Packers fire Mike McCarthy after stunning loss

The Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday after falling 20-17 to the Cardinals.

Sputtering Green Bay (4-7-1) has lost three straight and five of six. "As a result, I made the hard decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately", Murphy said.

Following the game the team announced it will be relieving coach Mike McCarthy of his duties for the remainder of the season, naming Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin as the interim coach.

While the Cincinnati Bengals were losing several starters to injuries and losing to the Denver Broncos, the Packers were losing to the then-two-win Arizona Cardinals and firing their head coach.

For McCarthy, a tenure highlighted by a Super Bowl win in the 2010 season ends with a loss to Arizona (3-9), one of the worst teams in the league. But Green Bay's offense had stagnated - as we noted recently the Packers were always going to have to make changes after this season. The same McCarthy who helped nurture Aaron Rodgers into a seeming shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Green Bay are not mathematically eliminated from the postseason, but the team now sits in 11th place in the NFC with four games to play.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that the Packers brought McCarthy in after Sunday's loss and relieved him of his duties. Rodgers must shoulder some of the blame for his sub-par play this season, but with so many seasons of a near-perfect quarterback hindered by square, old-fashioned play-calling.

Some said the move was a long time coming. We've had a number of opportunities.

This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now. "This is a hard place to get a win and we needed it badly".

After posting back-to-back 10-6 records in 2015 and 2016, Green Bay finished a disappointing 7-9 previous year.

Nine playoff appearances in 13 seasons.

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