Green Bay Packers coach fired after 13 seasons
The Green Bay Packers on Sunday fired head coach Mike McCarthy and named offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach after a surprising 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
President Mark Murphy announced the moves in a written statement, saying 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."
The process of replacing McCarthy, who was in his 13th season as coach, would begin immediately, Murphy said.
"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," Murphy added.
The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season. He finishes with a record of 125-77-2.
The separation comes on the birthdays of both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Aaron Jones. Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals left neither of them feeling like celebrating.
"I hate to repeat myself, but it's applicable. ... We're not executing the right way," Rodgers said after the game but before McCarthy's departure was announced. "It's poor throws, not on the same page with receivers, wrong depth, protection. ... We all have a part in that, and we've all picked our time to mess up a third down."