Fired head coach McCarthy returns, speaks to Packers

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2018

"He was emotional about it, we were all emotional about it".

"I was happy to see him", linebacker Clay Matthews said.

Given everything McCarthy did for the organization over the past 13 years, it was a no-brainer in Philbin's mind to allow him that opportunity for closure with the football team.

"I do believe that family and fame and success can be really complicated if their dreams are connected to your success", Munn said. I'm sure he did from a closure standpoint. "Obviously, we gave him the respect he deserved and sent him off with some final words". While he's been instrumental in the direction of the offense during his six seasons as coordinator, Philbin said Sunday's game against Atlanta will mark his first time calling plays since his time at Northeastern in 1996.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback spoke to reporters Monday following a home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on December 2, Rodgers' 35th birthday.

Less than three hours after the game ended, the team announced McCarthy's firing.

According to Rob Demovsky of, McCarthy also went by Tuesday to speak to his former staff, with the permission of team officials including team president Mark Murphy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst. Not just about football and winning football games, but his passion. "His passion for the team and his love for the players was clearly evident".

"I found out I'm sure the same way most of you found out".

Munn said she did not think "either side of the road is clean, but I do think it's not OK when you try to stand on someone's shoulders and then throw dirt in their face, which is what I think they did with him".

The Packers reached the playoffs eight consecutive seasons spanning 2009 through 2016, a streak at the time matched only by the New England Patriots.

Having an all-time great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers should have added up to more than one Super Bowl appearance - at least that's the conclusion reached by a FiveThirtyEight analysis. The return of Rodgers for this season failed to return the Packers to championship contention and, ultimately, cost McCarthy his job.

He even got a standing ovation. "It was great that he had that opportunity". It's been like that for 100 seasons, I would guess. Changes happen. This is a business, at the end of the day.

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