Mike McCarthy plans to “lay low” for a bit

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Fired Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to his former players one last time Wednesday, but that was apparently just one of his visits to his old office.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, McCarthy also went by Tuesday to speak to his former staff, with the permission of team officials including team president Mark Murphy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

Demovsky also caught up with McCarthy, before he left town for the weekend, and McCarthy said he planned to “lay low and try to finish this professional chapter on the high road.”

There has been immediate speculation about McCarthy as an option for jobs that are either open or may come open soon, with Cleveland on that list because of the numerous former Packers in the front office there, including G.M. John Dorsey.

But it’s not a certainty that McCarthy will coach anywhere, as staying put in Green Bay and being paid to be an unemployed civilian is still something he’s considering. He’s been in Green Bay 13 years and he and his wife have school-aged children, so packing up and moving isn’t simple.

While he didn’t get to leave on his own terms, allowing him to come back in the building twice isn’t something that would happen in many NFL offices.

“He spoke to the team yesterday and that was good,” Murphy said during an interview on WTMJ. “I think Mike wanted some closure with the players and some of the other coaches to be able to thank them and say goodbye to them as well.”

And now he’s apparently going to drop out for a bit, while he decides his next move, or whether to make one at all.

24 responses to “Mike McCarthy plans to “lay low” for a bit

  1. The guy was a class act from the moment he walked in the door. I liked him at his first press conference. He was perfect for GB. He always took the high road, even after the awful “Fail Mary” call in SEA. He wouldn’t comment on it. Just moved on. I don’t know who they’ll get to replace him, but it will be some big shoes to fill. He kept them competitive year after year despite a roster declining in talent. When Belichick gave him props after the GBP beat the Pats in 2014, I figured if the best coach ever respects you, the fans who don’t are idiots.

  2. Green Bay is home to his wife and kids. They are deeply rooted in the community and love it.

    I think Mike will be a head coach again next season somewhere, but right now he is concentrating on his family as it should be.

  3. He had a good run. He’s a decent, professional coach. It’s a business. A tough business. Even when all the pieces are there, it’s really hard to win it all. But he did. He’ll get my credit for that.

    Time to move on. Brainwashed to win and loving every minute of it. Viking trolls know it too. They want what we’ve enjoyed. Just a taste. Just a nibble.

    That’s why they continually try (in vain) to bring us down to their level.

    That’s how tough it is.

  4. stellarperformance says:
    December 6, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    That’s why they continually try (in vain) to bring us down to their level
    ——–
    Packer fan statements that reflect “the packer fan high road”:

    57 years of failure
    CoreyStringersWidow
    The Barney’s
    Jokes about Zimmer’s eyes
    Cheering AP’s torn ACL
    Jokes about the death of Tony Sparano

    Feel free to add others.

  5. You don’t win a super bowl, go to the playoffs almost yearly, win as many games as McCarthy did and suddenly become inept.

    I guess I’m saying that the Packers have a few more problems beside McCarthy.

    One of them is paying 35 million of the salary cap to one individual.

    Good coaches aren’t like fresh fruit hanging from the vine waiting to be picked.

    Hopefully the Packers become competitive again soon. Right now they look real flat.

  6. thegreatjimbrown says:
    December 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    The guy was a class act from the moment he walked in the door. I liked him at his first press conference. He was perfect for GB. He always took the high road, even after the awful “Fail Mary” call in SEA. He wouldn’t comment on it. Just moved on. I don’t know who they’ll get to replace him, but it will be some big shoes to fill. He kept them competitive year after year despite a roster declining in talent. When Belichick gave him props after the GBP beat the Pats in 2014, I figured if the best coach ever respects you, the fans who don’t are idiots.
    ______________

    Very well said.
    With all the silly, repetitive garbage the trolls have been spewing the last few days, it’s nice to hear something sincere and true.
    Kudos to the Packers for meeting him halfway on this to allow him to leave under the proper context.
    Class personified all around.

    As to the poster who talked about him taking the Steeler job, I honestly don’t believe that it’ll be open anytime soon.
    They’ve got a pretty good coach there already.
    But I know for Big Mike, hard nosed Pittsburgh guy, it would be a dream job for him.

  7. “The Barney’s”

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    The only thing on your list that I have said so I thought I would address it.

    Never heard you Barneys called “The Barney’s”, but thanks for letting it be known that Barney totally triggers you. Score👏

    Anything else you want to cry about before you switch to a different screen name after embarrassing yourself on this one once again?

  8. As a Packer hater, I always did like MM for some reason. I think he was matter-of-fact and he has always taken the high road, even when dealing with a couple high-maintenance QB’s. GB will miss this guy and his contributions to the org. Wherever he goes, they will do quite well with him. The fact that he would even go back into the building shows his true character, many of us may not have done the same.

  9. Mike is a class act with the “can do” attitude of his Pittsburgh upbringing. He will be in demand when he is ready with his long time success in Green Bay and a Super Bowl ring on his finger.

  10. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    “The Barney’s”

    =========

    The only thing on your list that I have said so I thought I would address it.

    Never heard you Barneys called “The Barney’s”, but thanks for letting it be known that Barney totally triggers you. Score👏

    Anything else you want to cry about before you switch to a different screen name after embarrassing yourself on this one once again?
    _________________

    Guilty, as charged.
    And you pretty well covered my response as well.

  11. patriots123456 says: “One of them is paying 35 million of the salary cap to one individual.”
    ======================

    Rodgers’ salary cap hit for 2018 is only $20.9m (~12%) and for 2019 is only $26.5m (~15%). Very managable cap numbers.

    And to be clear, MMQB looked at historic salary cap contracts – elite quarterbacks HAVE ALWAYS been paid in the 13%-17% range. Brett Favre in 1997 was at 17% (of a much smaller cap of only $42m.) Nevertheless, the percentage has always been the same.

    For defensive stars, Reggie White in 1994 was 12% of the salary cap. Khalil Mack is in the 11.5% range.

  12. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    Packer fan statements that reflect “the packer fan high road”:

    57 years of failure
    CoreyStringersWidow
    The Barney’s
    Jokes about Zimmer’s eyes
    Cheering AP’s torn ACL
    Jokes about the death of Tony Sparano

    Feel free to add others.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////

    So…….you’ve been successful bringing a small contingent down to your level. What is it you want, congratulations?

  13. Can you imagine having to live in Green Bay, WI for 13 years, and then signing a contract to live in Cleveland for multiple years more?

    Oh, the horror.

  14. Mike staying in town assures us that some of our restaurants will not be closing right away.
    Way to go, Mike!

  15. Mike McCarthy is a true professional and I wish him nothing but the best. It’s too bad Brandon Bostick muffed his very real shot of getting his 2nd Super Bowl victory, or people might recognize what he has achieved. Good Luck Mike at your next stop, when you are ready.

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