Packers fire Mike McCarthy following shocking home loss to Cardinals

Packers fire Mike McCarthy following shocking home loss to 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 made a decision to part ways with head coach Mike McCarthy.

Arizona is now 3-9 on the season while Green Bay fell to 4-7-1 and by all metrics have fallen out of playoff contention.

Well, now the question is who the Packers will hire as a replacement head coach in the offseason.

Joe Philbin was named interim head coach, President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy announced. 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. Nevertheless, this was the right time for the move. Until Sunday, their only other victory this season came on the road against the 49ers.

After that defeat, criticism of McCarthy's play-calling seemed to grow louder each season.

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Gonzalez just joined the team this week after Phil Dawson was placed on injured reserve. Rodgers then out-dueled Dak Prescott to take down the top-seeded Cowboys, but they needed every bit of his heroics, as McCarthy's team almost blew a 28-13 fourth-quarter lead reminiscent of the Seahawks debacle.

Whoever that replacement is, he must give Rodgers more schematic opportunities to succeed. And McCarthy's offense didn't avoid their "unfortunate, typical lull", as Rodgers said a week after the Packers' loss at Minnesota. It was a pathetic performance in all three phases, as the team mustered only 325 yards of offense, and somehow allowed rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to win his first career National Football League road start.

And before Rodgers took over as the Packers starting quarterback, he was being groomed by McCarthy. 'We're not executing the right way and it's the same stuff: poor throws, not on the same page with receivers, wrong depth, protection'.

"Yeah, a lot probably. Honest to God, I think that's part of your job when you're an assistant coach, when you're a coordinator, when you're an assistant offensive line coach", Philbin said, when asked what his job was in his second stint with the team, as quoted on 247 Sports. Guys have battled, but we just haven't played well enough offensively.