McCarthy Firing From Packers As Much About Culture As Performance

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst right speaks as team president Mark Murphy looks on during a press conference at Lambeau field in Green Bay Wisc. Monday Dec. 3 2018. The Packers fired head coach Mike Mc Carthy after a loss to the A

However, a 20-17 home loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday proved to be the final straw in a disappointing season for the Packers, who look set to miss the playoffs.

"The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers", team president and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. In 13 seasons with Green Bay, he reached the playoffs nine times, finished with a 127-77-2 record and won a Super Bowl. As for McCarthy, he could land in Cleveland with former Packers scout John Dorsey (they are not tight, but they are friends), and the Jets could want the guy who coached Brett Favre at the end and Aaron Rodgers at the beginning to mentor Sam Darnold. Instead, they could be looking for a veteran National Football League coach that the leaders in the front office are familiar with: Mike McCarthy.

Packers fans must wait and hope the next coach will light a fire under Rodgers and not put him further away from another Lombardi trophy. "Honest to God, I think that's part of your job when you're an assistant coach, when you're a coordinator, when you're an assistant offensive line coach", Philbin said, when asked what his job was in his second stint with the team, as quoted on 247 Sports. "We haven't played very well", Rodgers said.

Should Patriots head coach Josh McDaniels decide to test the waters next season, he'd be an interesting hire in that he's run every kind of offense under Bill Belichick, and he's managed to stay on Tom Brady's good side. But the Packers needed a fresh voice, and there will be plenty of coaches who want to work with Rodgers even if he can be hard. Meanwhile, McCarthy's press conferences had started to become a broken record of him telling reporters he needed to coach better.

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The Packers' defense did its job much of the day, but Larry Fitzgerald hauled in a miracle 32-yard grab to extend what would be Arizona's game-winning drive.

The report was initially made by Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast, followed by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter shortly after. Whoever that might be, the least of his problems is quarterback, barring more injuries to Rodgers, who turned 35 on Sunday.

Many had publicly criticized McCarthy for what they perceived as his out-dated style. Expectations were high for the Pack this year after Rodgers missed almost all of last season with a broken collarbone.

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