Wyche: McCarthy Was Told To Change – And Didn't

Mike McCarthy didn't evolve with the organization, Steve Wyche says, and he was fired as a result

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December 03, 2018 - 12:02 pm

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After months of speculation and turmoil, the Green Bay Packers fired Mike McCarthy on Sunday, this after a home loss to the Arizona Cardinals that all but ended the Packers’ (4-7-1-) playoff hopes.

It may have been the right move for all involved.

“I think clearly the shadow of Mike McCarthy’s future was having over the team, they’re losing – it’s very dour there,” NFL Network analyst Steve Wyche said on The DA Show. “Mark Murphy, The team president, (said), ‘Let’s go ahead and make this move now so we don’t have to deal with it over the next four weeks.’”

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. 

The Packers are closing in on back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1990-91.

“Coming into the season, I heard from people in Green Bay this was a very, very important season for Mike McCarthy,” Wyche said. “They changed the structure of the front office and the management hierarchy. They got rid of a lot of very influential people in the front office, and there was a whole different vibe there. Mike McCarthy was the one significant holdover. If things really didn’t change, then he was in jeopardy – and we saw that play out with all the consistent losing and the un-Packers-like vibe that had really kind of surfaced and kind of lingered over the season.”

The Packers have lost five of their last six games. Three of those losses came by three points or fewer. 

“A lot of it is on McCarthy – and it’s not just the coaching,” Wyche said. “There were some people I’ve spoken to, they even told McCarthy, ‘Hey, you’ve got to change some of the things you’re doing because you’re being looked at differently.’ And apparently he didn’t. It seemed like some of the people in the building got the message, and he didn’t. So some of that’s on him. 

“But let’s get away from this narrative of, ‘Hey, they’re wasting Aaron Rodgers. They’re not doing enough to support him,’” Wyche continued. “Yeah, there is some truth to that, but look, as a football player, sometimes you got to go out there and play football. Clearly the talent on that team isn’t as good as we thought. Aaron Rodgers has not played as well as we thought. Some of that goes to Mike McCarthy, but some of that goes to the players and the coaching staff as well. It is not solely on Mike McCarthy.”

Either way, McCarthy, 55, will be a hot coaching commodity this offseason.

“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Wyche said. “The one thing Mike McCarthy will do is he will help bring structure and balance and sanity into a building. (Tampa Bay is a) team (that) kind of needs some stability in that building and one that could pique McCarthy’s interest. I also heard that things have really taken a toll on Mike McCarthy, and he really might not be necessarily wanting to jump into the water. He may want to take a year off. But he’s got some time now to kind of figure out his next move. But he will be a very sought-after head coach much in the way Andy Reid was when Andy and the Eagles parted ways.”

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