The Green Bay Packers were 14-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals, yet lost 20-17 at home to fall to 4-7-1. That was the last straw for Green Bay, as they fired head coach Mike McCarthy late Sunday afternoon.
McCarthy had a 125-76-2 record as head coach of the Packers; only Curly Lambeau had more wins in the green and gold. He also coached the team to a win in Super Bowl XLV. The Packers missed the playoffs last year, however, and look to do the same this year. Questionable strategic decisions over the past few weeks contributed to significant criticism of McCarthy, as did the fact that he's "only" managed to win one Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers. Reports also indicated that McCarthy's relationship with Rodgers had deteriorated, contributing to the decision to start fresh at the position.
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will take over on an interim basis; he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15.