Sunday's abysmal performance against the Arizona Cardinals sealed the fate of coach Mike McCarthy, who was sacked by the Green Bay Packers roughly three hours after his team limped to a 20-17 defeat at Lambeau Field. General Manager Brian Gutekunst also will be heavily involved, along with a committee, though Murphy will make the decision. And all of it against an Arizona defense that surrendered 45 unanswered points in a 45-10 loss to the Chargers the previous week.
McCarthy's final game wasn't a pretty sight. "To come out at home, in this particular situation, against a team we felt we should beat". "We haven't played very well". "It was not a good performance".
Yet with what the Packers have become recently and where they appeared headed at 4-7-1 in a season when NFC wild-card berths are up for grabs, it probably was the correct move to let McCarthy go.
"Aaron was not part at all in the decision to move on from Mike", he said.
"Growing up you see how dominant Green Bay is in December, especially at home", said Cardinals rookie running back Chase Edmonds, who rushed for both Arizona touchdowns in a breakout game, "but you know coach Wilks talked about it all week, we're going up there to win a football game and nothing else".
Two-touchdown underdogs, Arizona's victory cost Packers coach Mike McCarthy his job.
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Although many fans are upset by the abrupt, mid-season dismissal of McCarthy, others on Twitter agreed that McCarthy's termination was long overdue. Joe Philbin will serve as the team's interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
For what it's worth, I believe the Packers will look elsewhere for their next head coach. It is frustrating because you get to seven losses now and you start to think about the possibilities - or the lack of possibilities - and you go over in your head a number of times what's gone wrong and it is frustrating because I really like our squad.
Philbin, who is in his first year in his second stint as the Packers' offensive coordinator, said he will continue to call the offensive plays.
Up next, the Packers will take on the lowly Atlanta Falcons (4-8). And on the same night his longtime coach received a pink slip, the Packers quarterback enjoyed a surprise murder mystery party, thrown by girlfriend Danica Patrick, per Terez Owens. Aaron Rodgers completed 31 of 50 passing attempts for just 233 yards and a single touchdown, but they still had an opportunity to win in overtime before Crosby missed.
It hasn't only been Crosby, as kickers across the league have been missing at an exorbitant rate. His field goal percentage dropped to 75.9 percent.