Packers don't wait to fire McCarthy

The Green Bay Packers parted ways with longtime coach Mike McCarthy early Sunday evening, less than three hours after their worse loss of the season.
It had to be a kick in the guts for McCarthy. But let's face it. We all knew his days were numbered. We just thought it would be after the final regular-season game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 30.
I, like many, believe there is plenty of blame to be shared for a team that is 4-7-1 this season. It's not just the head coach. However, the "main man" is always held to the highest degree and usually becomes the first to go, especially after the humiliating  20-17 loss to the hapless Arizona Cardinals in Lambeau Field.
The stars were aligned for a Green Bay mauling. The weather and field conditions were on its side. The Packers were favored by 14 points against the 2-7 Cardinals, a warm-weather dome team. Toss in the fact that the Cardinals, the least productive offense in the NFL, boast a rookie coach and rookie quarterback. Yet, Green Bay managed a measly 17 points.
Coaches don't play offense or defense or special teams. However, McCarthy and his coaching staff are responsible for getting their team ready each and every week. That wasn't happening this year.  Give McCarthy credit. In 13 years, his Green Bay teams compiled a 135-87-2 record including a 10-8 record in nine postseason appearances. And we all remember the McCarthy-led 2010 Super Bowl championship team.
McCarthy, 55, will find a new NFL head coaching home down the road if he wishes. And you can bet the Packers' job will attract several high profile coaches. Green Bay is the dream job of many former and current coaches. It is guaranteed to be one of the hottest coaching vacancies in the NFL.
Just who will get the Packers head coaching position is a ways off. It's offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's job for the interim. Philbin was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-2015. His Miami teams compiled a 24-28 record in 3-plus seasons. He was fired in 2015 after the Dolphins got off to a 1-3 start. Philbin was also the offensive coordinator of the Packers from 2007 to 2011, helping them win Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He returned to the Packers this season, but don't look for him to become "permanent" head coach.
McCarthy now is a member of an elite club of coaches who have been fired after winning a Super Bowl. It's a group that includes Tom Landry, Mike Ditka, George Seifert, Mike Shanahan, Brian Billick and Jon Gruden.
I feel somewhat sorry for McCarthy who has a street named for him outside of Lambeau Field. However, the NFL, like all pro sports, is  results oriented. McCarthy's offense was predictable, stagnant. The message in the clubhouse was getting old. Something had to be done. The culture had to change.
Packers president Mark Murphy obviously felt the time was now.

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