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Sunday, December 02, 2018

The Packers fire McCarthy

The Green Bay Packers have certainly disappointed this year, but this is a surprisingly ruthless firing. At the very least, one would have expected Green Bay to let a Super Bowl-winning coach finish the season.
The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with Head Coach Mike McCarthy & named Joe Philbin interim head coach.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 3, 2018
The best guess is that everyone wants the next Sean McVay and the supply is limited. By pulling the trigger so quickly, Green Bay will have first crack at whoever the next offensive genius is supposed to be.

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Blogger Hammerli280 December 02, 2018 7:41 PM  

Damn. Firing a head coach in mid-season is normally a desperation move.

Yes, the DC Perpetual Losers (once known as the Washington Redskins) have done it, but desperation is routine for them.

Blogger Dave December 02, 2018 7:54 PM  

Florio at PFT over two weeks ago:

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/11/14/aaron-rodgers-mike-mccarthy-relationship-inching-closer-to-implosion/

Blogger van helsing December 02, 2018 7:54 PM  

they should fire crosby too. he singlefootedly lost the detroit game for them. suppose rodgers is hurting worse than they let on also. i knew something was up when the montgomery event happened... today they were favored by 14 against a horrible AZ team, with crappy weather on their side, and lost. they will be lucky to stay out of last place for this season.

Blogger Unknown December 02, 2018 7:57 PM  

Hopefully John DeFilippo does well enough in interviews for Green Bay to take him off our hands. Those quick screen passes to Diggs on first down have been testing my anger issues all season.

Blogger VD December 02, 2018 8:10 PM  

Those quick screen passes to Diggs on first down have been testing my anger issues all season.

We were talking about that tonight during the game.

3-15 = four yard pass in the flat.
4-11 = five yard pass in the middle.

Ridiculous.

Blogger Johnny December 02, 2018 8:12 PM  

Could be he was fired because of Aaron Rogers. They have been at each other a little. Off season Rogers became the highest paid player in the league, got injured early on, and seems to be playing with a little hesitation.

A low blow for McCarthy. He has been effective.

Blogger jjc December 02, 2018 8:12 PM  

It's a ruthless business, and Karma is cruel.

https://nypost.com/2015/02/16/unforgiving-packers-cut-backup-who-muffed-onside-kick/

Blogger JAG December 02, 2018 9:05 PM  

At least they hold people accountable. Even though my team is winning right now, they should have parted ways with the coach years ago.

Blogger Azimus December 02, 2018 9:39 PM  

I'm going to put my bet here - Aaron Rodgers is also a spent force. It doesn't matter who the next coach is, he's just burned out. He won't hurt the Packers, but he's lost the fire. I don't know if its an aging body, his relationships, his strange ethos or what, but unless they surround him with elite - and I mean elite - players, I don't see him getting back to MVP numbers again. I could be dead wrong - but last year when he checked out of week 17 because a playoff run was no longer possible, it just didn't seem like his heart was in it anymore.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 02, 2018 9:42 PM  

What Azimus wrote, power running game and a stout D, but I won't hold my breath

Blogger Rough Carrigan December 02, 2018 10:25 PM  

The Packers played the Patriots earlier this year and the Patriots radio announcers were shocked at how vanilla and basic the Packers offense is. Paraphrasing one of them, "they're completely relying on their quarterback to make great plays rather than trying to open things up and get mismatches so that he doesn't have to run for his life and throw 30 yard strike on a receiver's hands every play."

Blogger HoosierHillbilly December 02, 2018 10:36 PM  

@9 My shareholder buddy was discussing this over some wings and beer. He wanted to ride out with McCarthy over Rodgers for much the same reason. Rodgers still is top-tier, but the writing seems to be on the wall in 3-4 years. Buddy wanted to stick with McCarthy for the long-term play.

But, he's a good old farmer...we'll see if his instincts are right.

Blogger Daniel December 02, 2018 10:49 PM  

At least Green Bay looks like a complimentary defense and offense, even though they don't have any talent. Minnesota's identity appears to be heavily influenced by a vague but firm belief in "close enough."

Blogger Jack Amok December 02, 2018 11:41 PM  

Whatever else there is to say about McCarthy, I sure noticed a lot of bone-head plays by his special teams over the years. From Bostick forgetting his job was to block for Jordy Nelson in the '14 NFCCG against the Seahawks to Ty Montgomery not taking a knee like he was told, McCarthy's special teams were special in the short-bus sense of the word.

Blogger Revan December 02, 2018 11:56 PM  

They will go after Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, but I don't think he will leave.

Blogger bob kuk mando ( everything has Consequences. that what makes them Consequences ) December 03, 2018 12:03 AM  

Vox Day on Huge Pianist?

will wonders never cease?

Blogger pyrrhus December 03, 2018 12:16 AM  

In the game tonight Rodgers looked like he was fed up...Kept making gestures after pass plays that didn't connect.

Blogger Dave W. December 03, 2018 12:29 AM  

Philbin as interim? As a Dolphins fan, I can confidently say that putting him in charge won't end well.

Blogger Thad tuiol December 03, 2018 12:37 AM  

As a bears fan, I chortle momentarily at all this talk of a Packers implosion, then I remember how much pain they have inflicted on us in recent years and it turns into full-blown schadenfreude. Fuck them. Bear Down!

Blogger momnotmom42 December 03, 2018 2:19 AM  

Been a Packers fan since the Lombardi Super Bowls; I thought that McCarthy was a great offensive mind, but his game management has always been a problem- I would have fired him after their timid decisions (and getting owned on the fake field goal even I could see was coming) in the NFC Championship game against the Seahawks. Special teams have been an issue, but Crosby's reliability until this year papered over some of those shortcomings. This year, Rodgers is not playing well, injured or otherwise, and the overall lack of talent and also depth in the roster lately has been exposed by injuries. Green Bay has always tried to build primarily through the draft, rather than free agency, which is fine, but you better draft well in that case, and they haven't for the past few years. They got a new GM this year; maybe he and the new coach can turn things around before Rodgers hangs it up. I will say that while I think McCarthy should have gone, they should at least have waited until they were mathematically eliminated, if not the end of the season. They owed him that much.

Interesting to note that if the wheels come off completely in Chicago and Minnesota loses out but beats the Bears on the last day, and the Packers win out, they could still win the division. Not that it will happen, but I wonder how they would explain that one?

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Blogger Dirk Manly December 03, 2018 5:14 AM  

"Does this rag smell like ether?"

Blogger Skyler the Weird December 03, 2018 7:00 AM  

Is Rogers still dating the affirmative action race car driver? She seems to be a big distraction for him.

Blogger RobertDWood December 03, 2018 8:18 AM  

No

Blogger John Russo December 03, 2018 8:56 AM  

Yet Marvin Lewis remains employed.

Blogger electricsheeple December 03, 2018 12:34 PM  

The Browns front office are ex Packers (GM John Dorsey and Asst. GM Elliot Wolf). I believe the Packers were doing McCarthy a favor by dumping him early so the Browns could lock him up. Rodgers has been passive aggressively ripping McCarthy for awhile. There are rumors that Rodgers is changing the plays way too often and McCarthy can't get into a groove anymore.

One of them had to go.

Blogger electricsheeple December 03, 2018 12:37 PM  

I'm a life long Packer fan and I love McCarthy. Looks like this could be Death by Sigma (assuming Rodgers isn't a Lambda).

Blogger Andrew December 03, 2018 12:45 PM  

Is the NFL still a thing?

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