Mark Murphy: “Mike’s tenure had run its course”

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Packers CEO Mark Murphy decided after Sunday’s loss that something needed to change. And Murphy decided to make that change immediately, by firing head coach Mike McCarthy.

“I felt that change was needed,” Murphy told reporters on Monday. “Mike’s tenure had run its course. I think we needed a new voice. And it happens in our league.”

Murphy compared the decision to the firing of Andy Reid in Philadelphia after the 2012 season, his 14th with the Eagles. Reid has thrived in Kansas City, and the Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions.

The loss to the Cardinals clearly was the catalyst for change in Green Bay, both for Murphy and for G.M. Brian Gutekunst, who participated in the decision that ultimately was made by Murphy.

Murphy defended the decision to make the change now, a decision that some have criticized.

“It’s a competitive process,” Murphy said, adding that the decision “gets us into the market earlier.” Murphy added that McCarthy benefits, too.

“I think he’s going to be a strong candidate,” Murphy said of McCarthy. “It allows him to focus on the next opportunity for him.”

Still, this move was about making the Packers better than they’ve been.

“We have a great history and tradition here,” Murphy said. “We’re very disappointed in what we’ve seen this year. Particularly the performance last night was unacceptable.”

Fans would say plenty of things have been unacceptable in recent years. And while a loss to a subpar warm-weather team on a cold-weather day in an iconic stadium against a team in its 100th season may have broken the camel’s back, the camel had been struggling for a couple of years.

50 responses to “Mark Murphy: “Mike’s tenure had run its course”

  1. My take with a lot of packer fans, he should have been canned after the 2015 Seattle fiasco. Ted T was in charge and kept him even though the team played a pathetic game. They hadnt won a playoff game since, and the team was downhill since.

  2. I think his post game press conference sealed his fate. To get in front of the media and basically admit that you’re out of ideas cannot possibly sit well with the front office.

  3. We all wish Mike the best. He has been a good coach for many years and brought us a Super Bowl back to Green Bay. But Mark is right, Mike’s time has run it’s course and it’s time for a new perspective. Mike will find a job very soon in the NFL and this gives him a chance to get a head start.

  4. If they don’t get better players it won’t matter who coaches the team. Go back on their last 5 drafts and there have been far too many misses. Lets not forget that the Eagles didn’t go from Reid to Peterson, there was some bad years in between with Chip.

  5. the team has regressed significantly since the Championship game vs the Seahawks…. and its hard to bounce back from a loss like that time…unless you’re the Falcons who blew the SB against the pats…

    It was time to move on!

  6. There’s nothing more infuriating right now than seeing people over on ESPN and Fox Sports still give endless excuses for Rodgers. The offense has failed multiple times this season to convert 3rd and 1, 3rd and 2, and 4th and 1 plays. He is currently leading the league in throwaways and has a completion percentage of 61.8, which is just as bad as Andy Dalton and almost as bad as Blake Bortles. Then, there’s his 100 million-dollar guaranteed contract. It’s not all his fault, but he never gets as much blame as he deserves at times.

  7. He is right.

    But shouldn’t he have blame for waiting so long? This is probably a year or two too late.

  8. Plenty of blame to go around. Rodgers, Ted Thompson, Murphy, the entire roster…everyone had a hand in getting the Packers to this point.
    But the nature of business is that failure to win always falls heavily on the coach.
    That’s just how it is, and all coaches know and accept this.
    Best of luck to Mike McCarthy. He’s a very good football coach, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he pulls an Andy Reid.

  9. Maybe Ty Montgomery deserves a thank you card for his boneheaded decision against the Rams.

    It was clear the current administration recognized this team wasn’t good enough to threaten the top teams in the NFL, in reality McCarthy was gone when they decided to deal Dix.

    If Green Bay beat the Rams, would Gute have dealt Dix? It would have been harder to justify.

  10. The decision had to be made, but the surrounding publicity is unseemly and sickening. The Packers have been consistently excellent for many years while avoiding the tawdry headlines that other teams generate. It is unfortunate that a necessary move has to be accompanied by such tasteless rhetoric.

  11. The 2014 NFCCG stuff is ridiculous. They went in as a dog and played a great game.
    They were sunk in the last three minutes when two guys, one on a kickoff, one on a field goal failed to do their jobs.
    A large part of the 2018 team wasn’t even on the roster in 2014.

  12. “My take with a lot of Packers fans, he should have been canned after the 2015 Seattle fiasco”.

    “McCarthy crossed the Rubicon after that 2014 Championship Game debacle”.
    _______________
    This is the type of public opinion that Murphy and Gute have to deal with, people who can’t even agree on the year when the subject game occurred. Good luck trying to please these honors graduates.

  13. As long as Erin’s bloated ego and ridiculous contract remain there is no coaching in the world that can overcome those critical handicaps.

  14. Didn’t trash the Pack on Pack articles yesterday and won’t today, but it has been pretty clear all year that MM lost the team, and when that happens, management has no choice. Hall of fame QBs or not, he’s got a Super Bowl victory on his resume, something not many other coaches have.

  15. I agree wholeheartedly. He did great things for GB over the years, especially developed Rodgers into the QB he has become. But his incredibly conservative play calling wasted Rodgers’ best years. It’s time to find someone who will let Rodgers do his thing like we all know and love.

  16. The 2014 NFCCG stuff is ridiculous. They went in as a dog and played a great game.
    They were sunk in the last three minutes when two guys, one on a kickoff, one on a field goal failed to do their jobs.
    ======

    Name another Playoff team that blew a double-digit lead under 4:00 to go?

    Its unheard of.

    (Don’t say the Falcons, their implosion started with 8:24 remaining…)

  17. screamingyellowzonkers – “There are not many scapegoats left in Green Bay”.
    _____________

    Yeah, but your boy Zimmer is still finding them in Minnesota, DeFilippo being the latest example.

  18. I agree with the firing. MM could well be a damn good coach, but he lost the team and AR was tuning him out. Like Andy Reid in Philly, he could go on and have success else where.

    One thing is clear, if no SB within the next 5 years, MM/Thompson can’t be blamed – AR is going to have to bear some of the responsibility.

  19. I don’t follow the Packers so I don’t know the whole story. I do know that Murphy has now blamed McCarthy by this firing so IF this franchise is not turned around pretty quick, while Rodgers is still able, the next person to run it’s course my be Murphy. The absurd contract given to Rodgers seems to indicate that will not be doable.

  20. They HAD TO fire McCarthy sooner than later, as Mr.Blowhard aka Bruce Arians is proclaiming how the Browns are the ONLY team he’d unretire for…

  21. The real question is: Is Aaron Rodgers declining? I know he’s not getting better.
    =====

    Favre’s decline started in ’99.

    How many more Division Titles and Playoff seasons did the Packers put together?

    .. how good can the TEAM be going forward. That’s the question.

  22. My take with a lot of packer fans, he should have been canned after the 2015 Seattle fiasco. Ted T was in charge and kept him even though the team played a pathetic game. They hadnt won a playoff game since, and the team was downhill since.
    =====

    They’re 3-2 in the Playoffs since that implosion.. including ANOTHER Championship Game appearance…

  23. Rodgers looks horrible. McCarthy’s voice seemed to be ignored this year. A change needs to be made. But Mark Murphy is a big part of the football problem in Green Bay.

  24. “They hadnt won a playoff game since (the loss to SEA), and the team was downhill since.”

    Try some facts. GB beat the Cowboys in the playoffs in early 2015 and beat the Redskins in the playoffs in early 2016.

  25. Why do this now, mid-season? As Parcells used to say “if you give a guy an excuse to lose, they’ll usually take it” – GB just basically gave their entire team a reason to lose the rest of this year as we’ll hear things like “it’ll take time to get the HC adjusted” or “he’s looking at what he’s got to work with” and crap like that.

    They’re not making the playoffs, why set Philbin up to fail by giving him a team that’s quit?

  26. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm
    I blame the GM…not McCarthy….how about you get some lineman on BOTH sides of the ball, a really ggod RB and a kicker who is obviously declining badly.

    \\\\\

    All accountable.

    There are enough examples of bad draft picks, and also guys who flourished when they left.

    That’s why the house was cleaned the last two years.

  27. Bill belichick says it best its a players game! Far to much blame is being dumped on Mike McCarthy who gets zero credit when they win and all the blame after losses!

  28. The “run the table” streak of 2016 has become the real complicator. Had that run to the NFC Championship not happened, I think Murphy dismantles the Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy team earlier. But what team president would have an easy decision after that? It’s easy for all of us to say that we’d have taken it apart after the 2014 NFC Championship, but that was only four years after winning a Super Bowl. And then two years later another run to the NFC Championship in 2016. So exactly at what moment would any of us had the crystal ball? Should my fellow Packer fans say we wish the 2016 run, from 4-6 to NFC title game, had never happened–so that TT and MM would have been gone sooner? Sure, uh huh. That said, I’m glad Murphy moved decisively now. It’s time.

  29. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    “My take with a lot of Packers fans, he should have been canned after the 2015 Seattle fiasco”.

    “McCarthy crossed the Rubicon after that 2014 Championship Game debacle”.
    _______________
    This is the type of public opinion that Murphy and Gute have to deal with, people who can’t even agree on the year when the subject game occurred. Good luck trying to please these honors graduates.
    ________________
    Well Mr. Honors graduate, it was the 2014 season while the game was played in Jan 2015. Try to keep up.

  30. Hate to say this, but yesterday the Packers looked and played like a team that had had already mailed it in for 2018. I can’t help but wonder if that was purposeful to bring about McCarthy’s firing. The Cardinals hadn’t won in Green Bay since 1949, when they were the Chicago Cardinals, and had no business winning yesterday.

  31. The Pack just lost to a horrible Cards team that doesn’t play well in the cold, TIME for some extreme changes and you know they’re not letting Rodgers go after making him the highest paid QB in the league!

    $80Mil for this season, how’s that working out Pack fans?

  32. Murphy cleaned house last year except for McCarthy. Didn’t work. Likely made things worse. Why is he immune? He should finish the job of providing a new direction and step down.

  33. 1. Murphy caved to the pouting of Aaron .
    2. While this team has a great history it also gas a god awful history. Guess which one is in store for the next coach now that Aaron Rodgers can no longer carry this team.

  34. The general lack of talent was his downfall as much as anything else. There are a bunch of expackers secondary players starting and thriving all over the league. It is easy to blame Rodgers contract, but other teams creatively manage thier cap to sign key players. I don’t know how Spielman spends the same nickel over and over but he does. I think this falls squarely on the shoulders of the GM with poor talent identification and cap management. I bet down inside McCarthy isn’t all broke up about this. When he needed help he got the ghost of Jimmy Graham and other assorted nobodies. It had to get old playing with a high strung star and losing every young player who showed promise. Everything about the team this year showed the effect of years of this. I don’t know what McCarthy’s next stop is but it was time to leave here and start fresh. Murphy is right about it being time, but McCarthy is more of an effect than a cause.

  35. The Packers just aren’t any good. Paying a QB a lot of money doesn’t guarantee success. For instance, here’s the current record for the top paid QB’s in the NFL right now:

    1.Aaron Rodgers: 4-7-1
    2.Matt Ryan: 4-8
    3.Kirk Cousins 6-5-1
    4.Jimmy G: 2-10
    5.Matt Stafford: 4-8
    6.Derek Carr: 2-10
    7.Drew Brees: 10-2
    8.Andrew Luck: 6-6
    9.Alex Smith: 6-4
    10.Joe Flacco: 4-5

    Only one QB in the top 10 has a respectable record. Again, this is the TOP PAID QUARTERBACKS. Yikes. If my math is correct, they’ll win you about 4 out of every 10 games. Money well spent?

  36. McCarthy’s biggest failure was his inability to navigate through change.

    Al Davis famously said that a coaches shelf life was 10 years. That’s because only the greats can continue to morph while maintaining the ears of your players.

    Clearly Thompson ran the roster dry toward the end. But where was all the heat when the saints did the same thing? Sean Payton and Drew breese didn’t get near the heat McCarthy and Rodgers did while they were non contenders. A roster rebuild resulting in an influx of talent and they are probably the best team in the league right now. Best offense/defense combination. That’s what green bay wants, and McCarthy wasn’t going to be that guy.

    His offense is very 2002. He hasn’t changed. He hasn’t morphed his scheme. Long drop backs, mostly shotgun, slow pace, no creativity. Non existent screen game. No wrinkles. No creative advantage. You could tell he was making an effort in the beginning of games to be creative, but would fall back to what he knows as a game progressed. He needs to step back, read the league, and change with the league if he wants to keep coaching. If he would have handed to offense over to somebody more in touch with the times, it was saveable. He wasn’t doing that though.

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