Mike McCarthy was relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers immediately following the team’s defeat to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, 17-20.
After taking charge in 2006 McCarthy won 125 games, lost 77 and drew twice through his 204 games as head coach. This makes for a win percentage of 61%.
In what was a fairly unceremonious departure, McCarthy will remain a hot topic within the NFL as many franchises look to rebuild under new leadership.
Although the move felt like it was destined to arrive, many were shocked to realise that the Packers board, who are generally stout supporters of their management unit, sacked Mike McCarthy before the season concluded.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy released a statement which justified the decision. He stated: “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.”
He then expressed his gratitude for McCarthy’s contribution to the team on and off the field. “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 would like 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.”
What Happens Now?
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will assume the rule of head coach temporarily whilst the Packers board seeks a permanent replacement.
It is most likely that the Packers will seek a coach who mirrors the ability and philosophies of Aaron Rodgers. With that in mind, young offensive talent John DeFilippo could get the gig. He is the current offensive coordinator in Minnesota, as well as having considerable experience as the Eagles’ quarterback coach. Thus, he could be compatible with Rodgers.
Other rumours have circulated regarding former Cardinals HC, Bruce Arians. He may be the most suitable mind to join the Packers as he boasts great intelligence of the game and is often considered an offensive minded coach. However, he did state that he would only consider returning to the game as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and the Browns only.
Regardless of who gets the opportunity, Mark Murphy asserted that they are beginning the hunt for a new coach with immediate effect.
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