Reaction, analysis following Mike McCarthy firing

Mae Harvey
December 3, 2018

The firing of Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday brought joy to many across the state of Wisconsin, as his release appeared inevitable after the team's very bad start to the 2018 season.

McCarthy had a 125-77-2 record over nearly 13 seasons as the Packers' head coach, with a Super Bowl win after the 2010 season.

Translation: A one dollar bet could net you $1,000 if team president Mark Murphy did the unthinkable and hired Favre to coach Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay's choice of a new coach. The Packers are now using their offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their interim head coach.

Besides Green Bay's Super Bowl XLV win over Pittsburgh in February of 2011, McCarthy presided over six NFC North titles and Packers reached the postseason nine times under his command.

Crosby pushed his kick wide right, with the flags atop Lambeau Field blowing in toward the field at the time of the kick. The 42-year-old shows up on just about every list of head-coaching options, and it stands to reason Green Bay would be no different. Add in his frequent in-game strategic gaffes this season, and it was clear that Murphy had to make this move. Specifically, according to the SI report, McCarthy took issue with Rodgers' propensity to improvise - a trait that often conflicted with his own play calling.

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GettyMike Mc Carthy was fired following a stunning 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday

Whoever that replacement is, he must give Rodgers more schematic opportunities to succeed.

Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal for Arizona with 1:41 left for what proved to be the game-winning points, but the win didn't come without some drama first.

It would be fitting for them to team up and wage those wars together. They struggled on third down, going 3 for 14 in the continuation of a season-long theme. Rodgers found Cobb for a 36-yard completion on third-and-11, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty on right tackle Jason Spriggs. "Had nothing but praise for the Packers organization", he said. It was Green Bay's longest punt return of the year and helped set up the Packers' first scoring drive of the afternoon. With the momentum changing, the Packers got too conservative running instead of putting the game in Rodgers' hands.

"Yeah, a lot probably".

"I think it's a sad deal", Zimmer said. Guys have battled, but we just haven't played well enough offensively.

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