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While the Cincinnati Bengals were losing several starters to injuries and losing to the Denver Broncos, the Packers were losing to the then-two-win Arizona Cardinals and firing their head coach.

The timing is a little curious because the Packers are essentially out of the playoffs at 4-7-1. "As a result, I made the hard decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately", Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy said in the statement.

Joe Philbin was named interim head coach.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. "We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers".

McCarthy coached the team for 13 seasons, winning a Super Bowl in 2011. But Green Bay's offense had stagnated - as we noted recently the Packers were always going to have to make changes after this season.

McCarthy took over the reins in 2006 and went on to win six NFC North division titles during his tenure.

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McCarthy shook up his coaching staff, including bringing Philbin back as offensive co-ordinator and hiring Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers as defensive co-ordinator.

That sounds like a man that knows his time could be up, and we believe that to be the case.

"Yeah, a lot probably".

"All three worked in Green Bay while McCarthy was in the building, with Highsmith and Wolf being there until joining Dorsey in Cleveland in December".

Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to "play with that pride" and focus on the next four games.

"Other than (center Mason Cole), I don't think a single one of those guys start the season", Rosen said. "We haven't played very well", he said. Rodgers attempted 50 passes but completed only 31 of them for 233 yards and a touchdown.


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