Mike McCarthy’s long tenure as the Green Bay Packers’ head coach has now come to an end. Following the team’s brutal 20-17 home loss to the hapless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Packers have fired the head coach.
“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy announced, via the team’s official website. “As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.”
Fans have been calling for McCarthy’s head over the past several weeks. But once the team lost at home Sunday to drop to 4-7-1 on the season, it was clear that he wasn’t going to be long for the job.
McCarthy’s career in Green Bay ends with him having posted a 125-77-2 record en route to leading the team to one Super Bowl title.
Needless to say, fans and the media had instant reactions to this news throughout social media.
Packers fans when hearing the news of Mike McCarthy being fired pic.twitter.com/F6nHA2tHai
— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) December 3, 2018
Merry Christmas Packers fans!!! https://t.co/oquzwbCb4j
— Alex Kent (@alex_kent2) December 3, 2018
— The InFamous Tio AL (@InfamousTioAL) December 3, 2018
Well, you can't fire all the players so you fire the coach. Coach McCarthy has presided over a very successful era in Packers history. I think we'll find out the Coach isn't as much of a problem as the roster is. #GoPackGo
— B.A. (@bamore4) December 3, 2018
When it's time to save the Packers. pic.twitter.com/EfeNVyl1ym
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) December 3, 2018
Today is Aaron Rodgers’ birthday…. his present from the #Packers? Letting Mike McCarthy loose.
That rocky relationship is over.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 3, 2018
The writing was on the wall for coach Mike McCarthy and losing to the Cardinals at home was the final straw. He won a Super Bowl, but Green Bay was already plotting to move on. Instead, they made an early call. He’s out and will be very desirable.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2018
Wow, lose to the Cardinals and you get fired. Packers just announced Mike McCarthy has been fired.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 3, 2018