Packers Fire Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Joe Philbin Named Interim


'Just one man's opinion'.

I don't care how many Super Bowls you didn't reach with Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, if you lose to the Cardinals at home, you're getting the boot.

Joe Philbin will be the interim head coach. But then the Packers were shellshocked by a fake field goal TD that got the Seahawks on the scoreboard, and McCarthy's team became discombobulated for the final 15 minutes and overtime.

For those unaware, John DeFilippo is in his first year as Minnesota's offensive coordinator.

And yet, the Packers' Sunday decision to fire him seemed like the only thing to be done.

Sunday's loss to the Cards was the final straw for the Packers organization with McCarthy as the long-time head coach was sacked.

The Pats' OC almost became the Colts' head coach this past offseason before he changed his mind to stay with New England.

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Reports have surfaced in recent weeks about McDaniels still showing interest in leaving the Patriots to be a head coach elsewhere, and apparently his spurning of the Colts isn't going to stop that from possibly happening. But there would be no sniff of going back-to-back, as the team was immediately upset in the playoffs by the eventual new Super Bowl-champion Giants.

The Packers' crushing 2014 NFC Championship game defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, when they blew a 12-point lead with just 3:52 remaining and lost in overtime, is a prime example of their failures in the playoffs.

The deeper problems in Green Bay stem from years of injuries to key players, particularly on defense, that approach an epidemic. But the Packers needed a fresh voice, and there will be plenty of coaches who want to work with Rodgers even if he can be hard.

Look, Nick Saban doesn't need to prove anything.

"I desperately want to be coached", Rodgers told Peter King in 2015.

The very next week following a win over the Buffalo Bills, Rodgers had this to say about the offense: "It was as bad as we've played on offense with that many yards in a long time".

The problem with running any fly-by-night offensive "genius" into that job is that Rodgers is as smart as any National Football League quarterback, and he has an estimable history to back up how he believes the game should be called.