Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy after loss to Cardinals


If the Packers are serious about being a Super Bowl contender once again, it's time to stop being so patient, specifically with head coach Mike McCarthy.

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, left, wraps up Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (29) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz.

A general view of the stadium during the NFC Wild Card game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.

McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach.

The Packers became the third team since 2003 to open as a two-touchdown favorite in October or later despite being under.500 straight-up for the season.

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The Packers hadn't lost a game in which Aaron Rodgers started at Lambeau Field since Week 9 of the 2016 season against the Indianapolis Colts, going 10-0-1 over those 11 home starts. Rodgers criticized the Packers' offense and their game-planning after their Week 4 win over Buffalo.

The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, after the team's home loss to the Cardinals.

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that the Packers brought McCarthy in after Sunday's loss and relieved him of his duties.

"We haven't played very well", Rodgers said after the game. Ending the year above.500 is even unlikely, though, given Green Bay's recent three-game losing streak.

Green Bay was 125-77-2 overall during McCarthy's tenure.

There are some that believe Rodgers is the most talented quarterback that's ever played in the league, and a frequent criticism of McCarthy and the franchise is that they've wasted the best years of Rodgers' career.