It was a day to forget for the Green Bay Packers, as Mike McCarthy was fired and their play-off hopes faded following a 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, which leaves them with a record of four wins, seven losses and one draw fot the season.
The 55-year-old was dismissed with just four games of the regular season left and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will now take over, starting with a game at home against the Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday.
McCarthy was a fantastic servant for the Wisconsin-outfit, who he led to SuperBowl glory, courtesy of a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2011. He had also helped Green Bay reach the play-offs in eight successive seasons, but that has now come to an end following his sacking, which has ended his reign as Packers head coach.
Following his sacking, he has been thanked for his contribution to the franchise in a statement from the official Green Bay Packers website.
It reads the following:
“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.”
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 3, 2018
They will now begin their search for a new head coach in what will be a transitional phase for the Packers, as they look to get back on track in the NFC North next season, in a division that also contains the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.
And with Aaron Rodgers at quarter-back and Aaron Jones out of the backfield, they could be vying for a play-off spot this time next year with a new coach, who will bring fresh ideas to the table.
The problem for the head coach coming in will be to sort out the Packers defensive frailties, which has let them down massively throughout the course of the season and it has majorly impacted their chances of reaching the post-season.
(Featured image: Mike Morbeck)