Packers Fans "Absolutely" Blamed McCarthy

Green Bay fired Mike McCarthy on Sunday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 03, 2018 - 11:16 am

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The Green Bay Packers (4-7-1) fired Mike McCarthy on Sunday, this after a 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals (3-9).

Many Packers fans couldn’t be happier.

“Oh, absolutely,” Milwaukee’s 105.7 The Fan host Chuck Freimund said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Not that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have any fault in this. I just think there’s been a large disconnect between the two. Fans have been calling for Mike McCarthy’s head for several years. After a losing season last year, they had to have a winning season this year to save McCarthy’s job, and obviously it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. They could finish with four straight wins, but let’s face it: you can’t win two in a row these days. He’s been on the hot seat for a long, long time – according to Packer fans.”

McCarthy was 125-77-2 in 13 seasons in Green Bay and 10-8 in the playoffs. He won Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season but lost the NFC Championship three times, most recently in 2016. 

Joe Philbin will serve as interim head coach.

“There’s a major disconnect between Rodgers and McCarthy,” Freimund reiterated. “Not that they couldn’t use some player personnel help, but obviously the quarterback is the most powerful person in that Packer organization – and when he doesn’t get along with the coach and the offense is as horrible as it’s been lately and you’re not seeing Aaron Rodgers being the Hall-of-Fame Aaron Rodgers this season, there’s a problem between McCarthy and Rodgers. It starts there, and it works its way down. We’ll see who they get in here next, but obviously it’s somebody’s who’s got to jive with Aaron Rodgers.”

McCarthy was insistent on calling plays, which is nothing new in Green Bay. In fact, Green Bay’s head coach has called plays more or less since 1992, dating back to Mike Holmgren.

“I think the problem goes well beyond that, too,” Freimund said. “There just needs to be a culture change in Green Bay, and they decided to do it today.”

The Packers host the Falcons (4-8) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.