By Annalece Montgomery
It was announced Sunday night that the Green Bay Packers would be moving forward without head coach Mike McCarthy. The announcement came after a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a game that both CEO Mark Murphy and GM Brian Gutekunst felt should have been won. During his tenure with the team, McCarthy led the team to a 125-77-2 record, including a 15-1 record a year after helping them turn around a 4-4 start to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
The news broke the same day as quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ 35th birthday. Despite what the internet seems to think, this was not the birthday gift he asked for. Just like any other Monday during the season, Rodgers, along with his teammates, reported for interviews. Both he and Davante Adams shared their thoughts on McCarthy’s firing, noting that the circumstances were unfortunate and the only thing left to do was to do their best during the next four games under interim head coach, Joe Philbin. Rodgers, the team’s fearless leader added “this [was] a difficult day for myself and guys in the locker room.” For Rodgers’ and Adams’ full interviews, click here.
Many are wondering if Rodgers will be involved in the hiring process of the next head coach, and we’re wondering if the fans would accept input from their quarterback, or other players, for such a major decision? While the fans WILL be calling plays on game day, there is also a need for a strong coaching staff for all the days between. We think that the fans can recognize that players can be fans too, and that they might have their own opinions.