Huber: Packers "Did McCarthy A Favor"

Bill Huber isn't a fan of firing coaches in the middle of the season. But with Mike McCarthy, it made perfect sense

Ferrall On The Bench
December 04, 2018 - 9:49 am

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It’s safe to say that Mike McCarthy probably didn’t want to be fired as Green Bay Packers head coach. But it may have been a blessing in disguise.

“I had never been a big fire-the-coach-in-the-middle-of-the-season kind of guy,” PackerReport.com’s Bill Huber said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Frankly, I didn’t see the point of it. But when you lose at home to the Cardinals, you’ve quit. And if you’ve quit as a football team, you might as well move on and just get rid of all the distractions about asking McCarthy for the next four weeks and the players for the next four weeks about McCarthy’s future. You might as well stop all the nonsense and make a move.”

The Packers (4-7-1) lost, 20-17, to Arizona (3-9) at Lambeau Field on Sunday. They have lost six of eight overall and could finish with a losing record for the second straight year for the first time since 1990-91.

“I think they did McCarthy a favor by sparing him all the nonsense and they probably did the players in the locker room a favor too by sparing them four weeks of the same old crap from us,” Huber said. “I know McCarthy said he was surprised by it, but I think he’s probably relieved here in retrospect that he doesn’t have to deal with it.”

McCarthy went 125-77-2 in 13 seasons in Green Bay and was 10-8 in the playoffs. He made four trips to the NFC Championship and won a Super Bowl. The Packers, however, are 11-16-1 over the last two seasons.

“I believe it is a bad team,” Huber said. “Well, it’s not a bad team; it’s a mediocre team. The 2016 draft class, there’s nobody on the roster. That group should be among the core group of the team. They don’t have a single guy on the roster. They were a draft-and-develop franchise. That was all well and good when you’re drafting good. But when you’re not drafting good and you’re ignoring free agency, then you’re screwed.”