McCarthy firing as much about culture as performance

Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy after another loss

Packers part ways with Mike McCarthy

Green Bay now sits at 4-8-1, which makes them one of the most disappointing teams in the league this season, given all the talent on their roster, and one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history - Aaron Rodgers - under center.

"Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons.We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers".

Following the game the team announced it will be relieving coach Mike McCarthy of his duties for the remainder of the season, naming Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin as the interim coach.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has interest in the Green Bay Packers, according to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson.

Knowing full well that they would have to win out this season in order to play postseason football, the Packers laid an absolute egg at home against the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Packers fans must wait and hope the next coach will light a fire under Rodgers and not put him further away from another Lombardi trophy.

"I think it's a sad deal", Zimmer said.

Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to "play with that pride" and focus on the next four games. The Packers would also look at McDaniels' disastrous turn as Denver's head coach in 2009 and 2010, and his last-minute spurning of the Colts after he had the job last February.

McCarthy was always the excuse when Rodgers didn't perform well.

Troy Aikman just went off on a reporter accusing him of being "cliche" for defending Mike McCarthy. clapping back at the guy and saying, "Is that cliche enough for ya?!"

This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. This is where it became evident that the Packers had settled into constantly relying on Rodgers to bail them out, and if the QB was a little off, it would be hard for McCarthy to get the rest of his team to respond. With an offense built on man-beater routes, Packers receivers - through injuries and bad drafting - were no longer able to beat their man. Expectations were high for the Pack this year after Rodgers missed almost all of last season with a broken collarbone.

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