A Season of Losses: Coach McCarthy Gets Fired
Date Posted: December 3, 2018
Three hours after the Green Bay Packers’ home loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, December 2, the Packers franchise fired its 13-year coach Mike McCarthy. By the end of the game at Lambeau Field, the score for the night concluded at 17-20.
On behalf of Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, @packers tweeted a photo of the franchise’s statement regarding the team’s parting ways with McCarthy. The post read:
“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. 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.”
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 3, 2018
The Pack’s assigned head coach for the meantime is the team’s offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. He was the head coach for the Miami Dolphins between 2012 and 2015.
When asked about the coaching change, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers chooses to focus more on getting the team past the next four games. He said:
“I’m just thinking about these next four games and realizing how important leadership is in the tough times, trying to get guys to dig deep and play with that pride. The conversations will take care of themselves down the line. I know my role is to play quarterback the best to my abilities. That will be my focus the next four weeks, and then we’ll go from there.”
Green Bay’s Season of Losses
The Packers’ loss against the Cardinals was a disappointment for fans all over as the Wisconsin team was the one expected to win last Sunday’s game. The Vegas Stats & Information Network gave Green Bay -800 odds and Arizona +140 odds.
The game between the two teams was such an upset for the Packers as they supposedly had the upper hand. The current season is Steven Wilks’, the Cardinals’ head coach, first year with the team. Also, the Arizona team had a rookie quarterback on their side – Josh Rosen. So, compared to the Green Bays’ roster with a veteran head coach and two-time NFL MVP quarterback, it was not a surprise for the bookies to expect a win from the Packers.
Green Bay fell to a 4-7-1 crippling their chances of entering the playoffs. The loss added to the Green Bay Packers’ record of defeats this season. The Pack had already lost to the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins. Meanwhile, Arizona is now at 3-9 after Sunday’s event.
McCarthy’s Team History
Aside from this season’s letdown, McCarthy did bring pride to the Packers by winning the Super Bowl championship in 2010. He also took the team three times to the NFC Championship Games in 2007, 2014, and 2016.
However, in recent years, McCarthy depended on his star quarterback Rodgers. The Bays missed the playoffs last year when Rodgers was out of the game most of the time due to a broken collarbone.
For a team to excel, a respectful relationship between the quarterback and the coach should be present as both members are vital in play-calling. But given the speculations about the strained relationship of Rodgers and McCarthy, the team was deemed for downfall. Both parties no longer see eye-to-eye which led to issues in offense, lack of explosive plays, and empty third downs.
McCarthy and Rodgers are not a right match anymore as one would observe the team’s deflating record. The franchise cannot let go of Rodgers’ talent which is why finding the right coach to lead better offense was the best option for the team.
With a McCarthy-less team, the Bays are to face the Atlanta Falcons on December 9. Like the Packers-Cardinals game, Green Bay still has higher odds of winning. Ladbrokes gave the Packs -225 odds and the Falcons +187 odds.
Coach McCarthy has served the Bays 13 good years, and it was time for both parties to part ways as the lack of chemistry is reflected on the team’s performance. As Wild Card Weekend nears, fans can only hope the Green Bay Packers makes its way into this season’s bracket with McCarthy out of the team.