Packers fire head coach Mike McCarthy

Aaron Rodgers calmly explained how Packers could make playoffs after devastating loss

McCarthy shook up his coaching staff, including bringing Philbin back as offensive co-ordinator and hiring Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers as defensive co-ordinator.

The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North.

A busy offseason awaits for general manager Brian Gutekunst as he looks to build the roster, and Mark Murphy will also have a big decision to make at head coach.

"Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons.We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers".

As for McCarthy, we don't know what the immediate future will hold.

"I mean, I've never been in this spot", McCarthy said. "We were a little above halfway at halftime, and then toward the end of the game, I wasn't coming out".

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McCarthy won't get that chance. During his time with the Packers, he coached them to a 125-77-2 record, including winning a Super Bowl in 2010.

Rodgers was asked after the game - but before McCarthy's firing was announced - how much blame offensive players should get if the Packers made a coaching change after the season. Rodgers and McCarthy reportedly had been at odds for some time, but certainly the losing helped raise the tension.

If the Packers were going to show the National Football League they weren't as bad as their record indicated, Rodgers would have hit Davante Adams in stride for a 59-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. They have not played one another since the 2015 playoffs.

Clay Matthews and Davante Adams each briefly left the game with injuries, but this is a loss that McCarthy could not live down.

Rodgers set a franchise record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception, breaking Bart Starr's franchise record of 294. It was tied for the fifth-most attempts in a regular-season game for Rodgers and easily his lowest yardage total for a game with more than 45 attempts. Who will be the head coach in 2019?

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