Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy has been fired as coach of the Green Bay Packers, the team making the announcement about 3 hours after an embarrasing 20-17 loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will serve as the interim coach for the final four games. Philbin returned to Green Bay as offensive coordinator this season. He was Miami’s head coach for three-plus seasons, going 24-28 from 2012 through the first four games of the 2015 season.

“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately,” team President and CEO Mark Murphy, McCarthy’s boss under the team’s new leadership structure, said in a statement.

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“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field.  We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”

Murphy, who made the decision in concert with general manager Brian Gutekunst, will hold a press conference at 1:45 p.m. Monday. Philbin will speak at 2:15 p.m.

McCarthy guided the Packers to a Super Bowl championship in 2010 and three other trips to NFC Championship Games. From 2009 through 2016, the Packers and Patriots were the only teams to reach the playoffs eight consecutive seasons.

Prior to his time in Green Bay, he served as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-2004) and the San Francisco 49ers (2005).

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