The Green Bay Packers have officially fired head coach Mike McCarthy, the team announced shortly after their inexcusable 20-17 loss (on Lambeau Field turf, no less) to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The 55-year-old McCarthy leaves the Packers organization with a 125-77-2 record in 13 seasons as the team’s head coach, and with one Super Bowl victory (Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers).
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who served as an NFL head coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2015 and compiled a 24-28 record before his dismissal, will serve as Green Bay’s head coach on an interim basis.
And though this is the last time anybody will care about the 4-7-1 Packers this year, it will certainly be interesting to see if McCarthy’s dismissal opens the door for Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels to potentially leave New England this offseason.
McDaniels backed out of the head coaching gig with the Indianapolis Colts last year at the 11th hour to stay with the Patriots as an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, as well documented, but it’s hard to think McDaniels could ever find an easier transition than going from having Tom Brady as his quarterback to having Aaron Rodgers as his guy.
MMQB’s Albert Breer told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich earlier this season that he could see McDaniels replacing McCarthy, and it was reported just last week that McDaniels has an interest in becoming a head coach in 2019.
In the meantime, there’s no doubt that this fan in attendance at Sunday’s Cardinals-Packers fan is smiling even wider today.