The Green Bay Packers did move on from head coach Mike McCarthy this past weekend. And in his place, Joe Philbin will take over for the final four games of the season. But the Packers were classy enough to let their former coach deliver one final speech before his exit.
“He did a fantastic job talking to the team not just about football and winning football games,” Philbin told Wes Hodkiewicz of the team’s official website. “His passion for the team and his love for the players was clearly evident. I’m sure it was emotional for him and everyone in the room. I thought he did a great job.”
During his 13 seasons with the Packers, McCarthy went 125-77-2. They also won a Super Bowl championship in 2010. During his final moments with the team, McCarthy was given access to address the team in his own way before moving on.
“I think that’s the Green Bay Packer way,” Philbin adds. “This is a first-class organization all the way around. It’s been like that for 100 seasons, I would guess. I’m not that old, but I’m guessing it’s been that for a long time. We do things the right way around here. [Packers CEO] Mark [Murphy], [Director of football operations] Russ [Ball], and [GM] Brian [Gutekunst] were all totally supportive. They think this was the right thing to do, as did I. Hopefully, it’ll help.”
On the field, though, it’s been tough. For the second straight season, the Packers are on the brink of missing the postseason. But more than that, the offense simply looks lifeless out their. Injuries are piling up. Maybe the disconnect between McCarthy and QB Aaron Rogers is real; we have no idea. But making this change doesn’t seem like the wrong call.
And it’s classy that MM got to deliver one final speech to this team. He did plenty for this team on and off the field, after all. Now it’s time for everyone to move on. Not just McCarthy, but the Packers as well.
Will their next hire be the right guy? Time will tell.