NFL: Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy

GREEN BAY – It didn’t take long after Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals for Green Bay Packers President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy to release a statement saying the organization has parted ways with coach Mike McCarthy.

Just a few hours after the Packers fell 20-17 at Lambeau Field, Joe Philbin was announced as interim head coach to finish out the 2018-19 season that will likely see the Packers miss the playoffs.

“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers,” Murphy said in the release. ” As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.

“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. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities.”

Murphy said the Packers will begin searching for McCarthy’s replacement immediately. He did not say whether Philbin is in the running.

McCarthy coached Green Bay to a victory in the 2011 Super Bowl but the team hasn’t returned to prominence. While key injuries played a significant role in the downfall, his record over the last two seasons was 11-16-1. The Packers are 1-5 in their last six games.

Fox NFL’s Jay Glazer tweeted Sunday that McCarthy had nothing but praise for the Packers and his time with the club. R.

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