As we now sit in the final month of the NFL season, some head coaches are starting to sense their seat getting hotter and hotter underneath them. Just two days into the month,
the first domino has fallen, second domino has fallen (sorry, Hue Jackson), as the Green Bay Packers announced Sunday evening that head coach Mike McCarthy has been relieved of his duties.
The firing comes off the heels of an extremely disappointing 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, who entered the week just 2-9 on the season. The loss dropped the Packers to 4-7-1 on the year, and essentially put an end to their playoff chances.
McCarthy has been the head coach of the Packers since 2006, so this marks the end of an era in the NFC North. Under McCarthy, the Packers six division titles, made nine playoff appearances, had nine winning seasons, and won one Super Bowl over the span of 13 seasons.
The move coincidentally came on Aaron Rodgers’ 35th birthday. Rodgers, too, has come under fire for subpar play. On Sunday, Rodgers threw the ball 50 times for just 233 yards, or 4.7 yards per attempt.
The Packers announced that offensive coordinator—and former Dolphins head coach—Joe Philbin will take over as interim head coach.