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The decision came following Green Bay’s 20-17 loss at home against the Arizona Cardinals, which dropped its record to an abysmal 4-7-1. Former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will serve as the interim head coach.
McCarthy possessed nearly two decades of experience as an assistant, but he had never been a head coach when the Packers hired him in January 2006.
The 55-year-old Pennsylvania native proceeded to lead Green Bay to a 125-77-2 record during the regular season and a 10-8 mark in the playoffs. Four of those 10 wins came in a single postseason when he led the Packers to a triumph in Super Bowl XLV, the team’s fourth Super Bowl title and 13th championship.
While the Packers won at least 10 games eight times in McCarthy’s first 11 seasons, their drop in performance over the last two years led to his departure.
Green Bay finished 7-9 in 2017 and is on the outside of the playoff picture looking in again in 2018.
The inability to make substantial progress toward another championship with Aaron Rodgers still at or near the peak of his superpowers—most NFL title-contending rosters are built around a high-end quarterback in his prime—has now cost McCarthy his job.
“I need to be better,” McCarthy told reporters following the 2017 season.
Whether his individual performance on the sideline improved in 2018 is subjective, but the fact that the Packers failed to showcase the necessary improvements was evident.
Now they begin the process of trying to find a new head coach while Philbin occupies the role with four games remaining in the season.