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Packers Fire McCarthy

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The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with Head Coach Mike McCarthy following a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals all but ended the team’s playoff hopes. Joe Philbin has been named interim head coach.

“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately,” Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement on Packers.com. “Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”

Murphy has been the Packers’ head coach since 2006, amassing a record of 135–85–2 and winning Super Bowl XLV in 2011. The 2018 started strong, including a 20-point comeback against the Bears on September 9. But with quarterback Aaron Rodgers hampered by a knee injury and a defense unable to get key stops, the Packers have limped to a disappointing 4-7-1 record and currently sit in third place in the Central Division.