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    The Green Bay Packers have fired head coach Mike McCarthy. He got word just hours after the pretty embarrassing home-turf loss to the Arizona Cardinals. I'm super surprised they didn't at least wait a little longer until after their season ended, or even wait until the next day. McCarthy has always seemed like a good coach to me. Yeah, the Packers most definitely needed something to jolt their systems back into winning gear, but I'm sure passing the buck to the coach is always the right move.

    In all honesty, I think it's the players. They've just gotten lazy.. The Packers are the type of team that most everyone considers a "good team", and I feel like that just got to their head and became the norm. Once that type of thought becomes unanimous, this is the result.

    The Packers President, Mark Murphy said, "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. 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."

    Offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin will be the interim coach while they search for McCarthy's replacement. I wonder how that will play out. It'd be pretty cool if they all the sudden became successful. But again, I think it's the players. Hopefully this will be what it takes to turn things around. A well known coach all the sudden getting fired after 13 season is a pretty effective tool for causing players to perform. Or maybe it will end up having the opposite effect?

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    Since the Packers are so used to making the playoffs (they have 9 of the last 12 seasons) I doubt they will play much better with an interim coach or even a new coach for the rest of this season, as that last game guaranteed them to have no chance getting a wildcard spot. So really, what's the point?

    I think the Packers backed themselves into a corner by giving Aaron Rodgers that 4 year, $134 million contract extension. $100 million of that is guaranteed. So that's $33.5 million every season, just for your quarterback.

    Drew Brees makes $24.5 million per season, by comparison. That difference of almost $10 million a year could go to putting a lot more talent around Aaron Rodgers. Instead, he decided to take the biggest paycheck in NFL history, and now his team is suffering from being young and inexperienced. I don't think that was a smart move by Aaron, he should have asked for less money, strange as that sounds.

    It was also dumb for the execs, and anyone who was responsible for making that deal. I think they had to fire McCarthy because they overpaid Rodgers and now they need an excuse for why they aren't as good this year. I think they are hoping a new coach + 1 more year for the rookies makes them energized and noticeably better.

    Sucks for McCarthy. Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best in the game. But odd as it sounds, he should have been paid less, if they wanted to win.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    I think the Packers backed themselves into a corner by giving Aaron Rodgers that 4 year, $134 million contract extension. $100 million of that is guaranteed. So that's $33.5 million every season, just for your quarterback.

    Drew Brees makes $24.5 million per season, by comparison. That difference of almost $10 million a year could go to putting a lot more talent around Aaron Rodgers. Instead, he decided to take the biggest paycheck in NFL history, and now his team is suffering from being young and inexperienced. I don't think that was a smart move by Aaron, he should have asked for less money, strange as that sounds.

    It was also dumb for the execs, and anyone who was responsible for making that deal. I think they had to fire McCarthy because they overpaid Rodgers and now they need an excuse for why they aren't as good this year. I think they are hoping a new coach + 1 more year for the rookies makes them energized and noticeably better.

    You bring up a very interesting point. I've never thought of athletes/teams that way. So do you think the rest of the team thinks this way too? As in, do you think it's the consensus *amongst the players* that Rodgers takes up too much of the budget, so that's why they can't bring on better players? And not in a "we deserve more money too" kind of way. Specifically from the point you bring up.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    You bring up a very interesting point. I've never thought of athletes/teams that way. So do you think the rest of the team thinks this way too? As in, do you think it's the consensus *amongst the players* that Rodgers takes up too much of the budget, so that's why they can't bring on better players? And not in a "we deserve more money too" kind of way. Specifically from the point you bring up.

    Yeah, I think a lot of players are very aware of the salary cap situations of their team, mostly because a lot of players on the field are trying to get that big contract with their agent and so they have to negotiate their value vs what the team can afford to pay them, when it comes that time.

    And if you are a Packer, you are very aware that a large chunk of your team's money, more than any other team in the league is going to the QB.

    There are instances where QBs take less money on purpose, or where the staff convinces star QBs to take a little less, just for this reason, so they can take that leftover and put talent around them to help them win. Which is smarter in the long run; winning gives you endorsement deals which can be worth WAY more than the few million a year you give up, especially if you become a multi year Super Bowl winner, like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning (two QBs that have taken a pay cut at some point to help their team).

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    I'm an avid Bears fan, but even I can't believe how crappy the Packers treated McCarthy. They didn't even give him the dignity of finishing the season out and offering him the option to resign or be let go. It just seems a little petty, especially for all that he's done for their franchise.
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    BearDown Wrote: I'm an avid Bears fan, but even I can't believe how crappy the Packers treated McCarthy. They didn't even give him the dignity of finishing the season out and offering him the option to resign or be let go. It just seems a little petty, especially for all that he's done for their franchise.

    Yeah no doubt. The exact moment they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, he was fired. I wonder how long they have been waiting to do this?

    He coached them to a Super Bowl win and 9/13 years into the playoffs. You could argue that was mostly because of Rodgers and maybe even in spite of the coach.. but I think that's unfair. If you are going to blame him for the bad times, you have to credit him for his part when times were great.

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    BearDown Wrote: I'm an avid Bears fan, but even I can't believe how crappy the Packers treated McCarthy. They didn't even give him the dignity of finishing the season out and offering him the option to resign or be let go. It just seems a little petty, especially for all that he's done for their franchise.

    That's what bothers me the most about this. The Packers are definitely the only team I actually root for to win. To see them treat McCarthy like this really puts a bad taste in my mouth.

    It's like they did it this way to shun him.. They knew what they were doing and how everyone would perceive this.

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    Dallasite Wrote: Yeah no doubt. The exact moment they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, he was fired. I wonder how long they have been waiting to do this?

    He coached them to a Super Bowl win and 9/13 years into the playoffs. You could argue that was mostly because of Rodgers and maybe even in spite of the coach.. but I think that's unfair. If you are going to blame him for the bad times, you have to credit him for his part when times were great.

    Yea, it just seems so disrespectful to me. It would be one thing if the Packers went five straight years with a losing record and management got fed up with it, but not with the record he's earned throughout the years.

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    BearDown Wrote:Yea, it just seems so disrespectful to me. It would be one thing if the Packers went five straight years with a losing record and management got fed up with it, but not with the record he's earned throughout the years.

    Just out of curiosity, what do you think of Aaron Rodgers as a quarterback? You being a true Bears fan, do you think he's over paid for what he produces?