The Green Bay Packers fired their now-former head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, just three hours following their loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Packers president Mark Murphy released a statement, “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”
McCarthy’s Packers have a record of 4-7-1 after Sunday’s 20-17 loss and are in danger of not making the playoffs for a second straight year, something that has not happened while their franchise quarterback was healthy. McCarthy has an overall record of 125-77-2 in his 13 seasons at the helm of Green Bay. This is Aaron Rodger’s second season that he might not make the playoffs, the first was his first season as a starter. The Green Bay offense has struggled all season, relying on some incredible comebacks inspired by Rodgers to even have the record they do.
“We haven’t played very well,” Rodgers said after the game. “We’ve put up some yards at times and taken care of the football pretty well. Usually, over the years, the success that we’ve had, we’ve taken really good care of the football, but we’ve paired that with efficiency in the passing game and big plays and explosive gains. This year we’ve had the taking care of the football, but we haven’t had the consistent explosive gains.”
Offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin, has been chosen to be the interim head coach until a new head coach is hired. He had previously been with the Packers for 9 years before leaving to the Miami Dolphins to be the head coach from 2012 to 2015. He returned to be offensive coordinator this season.