There have been numerous reports that Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy were not on the same page prior to the head coach being fired by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but Rodgers insists the relationship between the two was - and still is - in a good place.
The Packers dropped to 4-7-1 following the home loss to the Cardinals (3-9), a team they were favored to beat by 14.5 points.
"The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers".
"As a result, I made the hard decision to remove Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately. As a result, I made the hard decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately", Murphy said. According to Jeff Saturday (via Mike Freeman), Rodgers questioning McCarthy goes back to 2012. They hadn't won at Green Bay in 49 years, which was pre-Lambeau. He finished with a record of 125-77-2.
Regarding the decision to fire McCarthy, who will be replaced on an interim basis by Joe Philbin, Murphy said, "I think we all would have preferred to do this after the season, but the performance on Sunday made it clear a coaching change was necessary". "He's been a head coach in the league".
And no matter what - the ups and downs, the frustrating times - Rodgers will always respect McCarthy.
But offensive struggles this year followed a 2017 season in which Rodgers broke his right collarbone and the team missed the postseason. The same issues kept popping up for the offense, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.
"Yeah, a lot probably".
Both Murphy and Gutekunst said they would accept Rodgers' input on the hiring of the next coach but that he would not be part of the selection process.
"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". We've had a number of opportunities.
The Cardinals moved on to get the game-winning 44-yard field goal from Gonzalez, signed by the team just a week earlier.
-Quarterback Aaron Rodgers attempted 50 passes on Sunday (completing 31).
"I hate to repeat myself, but it's applicable".
"I've said it before, this guy's a pro's pro", Wilks said.
"It's poor throws, not on the same page with receivers, wrong depth, protection", he added. He's part of the most successful teams we've had here.
The opening play of the fourth quarter was a flawless example of Green Bay's offensive struggles.
"Like I said, it's tough".
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst explained that it was time to make the move in a press conference held Monday.
Players said that this is a business and these things happen.
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