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Packers fire head coach McCarthy after loss to Arizona Cardinals

03 December 2018
Packers fire head coach McCarthy after loss to Arizona Cardinals

Just hours after the Green Bay Packers fell to 4-7-1 on the season after a loss to the miserable Arizona Cardinals on Sunday - the organization chose to part ways with head coach Mike McCarthy.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, McCarthy was brought in to a meeting following a 20-17 home loss to the Cardinals and fired.

But the firing came on the heels of a 4-7-1 record and three consecutive losses while spoiling the talents of an elite quarterback. "As a result, I made the hard decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately", Murphy said.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field.

Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.

Despite much success during the McCarthy era, Green Bay fans have grown increasingly frustrated with him over the last few seasons. He finishes with a 125-77-2 regular-season record while going 10-8 in the postseason, leading the team to a Super Bowl XLV win following the 2010 season. After Sunday, that won't be the case anymore.

McCarthy took over the reins in 2006 and went on to win six NFC North division titles during his tenure.

McCarthy's axing also comes amid reports of tension between the 55-year-old and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "We haven't played very well", he said.

This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now. "We were a little above halfway at halftime, and then toward the end of the game, I wasn't coming out".

"I hate to repeat myself, but it's applicable".

The Browns sound like they are ready to be aggressive in going after him, and now it's up to McCarthy if he wants to come in right away or hang back and spend some time enjoying the roses after getting fired.

The opening play of the fourth quarter was a flawless example of Green Bay's offensive struggles. Is players' health not being vetted properly before they join the team?

As for McCarthy, we don't know what the immediate future will hold.

Should Patriots head coach Josh McDaniels decide to test the waters next season, he'd be an interesting hire in that he's run every kind of offense under Bill Belichick, and he's managed to stay on Tom Brady's good side.