Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy entered the 2018 season, realizing that a second year without a playoff berth could affect his future.
But he never thought that it would end before he had the chance to see it
In his first interview, since he was fired in his 13th season as a Packers coach with four games remaining, said McCarthy ESPN's Rob Demovsky that he did not see it coming when team president Mark Murphy called him to his office The December 2 defeat for the Arizona Cardinals.
In his first interview since December 2, McCarthy addresses the Packers' complacency, his relationship with Aaron Rodgers, advice to his successor, and more.
"Honestly, no I do not have," said McCarthy. "As a head coach, I've always tried to stay immune to all the outside noise, which has always been my focus on my players, it has always been to protect them as much as possible from the drama, I think that's important and I am If we had missed the playoffs, I would have expected a change, but the timing surprised me, in fact it baffled me, but time offers the opportunity for reflection and clarity I'm in. And now it is clear to me that both sides needed a change. "
However, it was the first time that the Packers had made a coaching change in the season in more than 60 years. And they did it with a coach who finished 25th in NFL history with 135 wins (including the play-offs), leading the Packers to nine playoffs and a Super Bowl title. Some people said McCarthy deserves a better ending.
"Obviously," McCarthy said when asked if he agreed.
"It could not have been worse, it's a tough time after losing a close game, but if you lost a home game at Lambeau Field in December, it's really hard. And that's not often, I left my press conference and think about the game Our playoff shot was minimal now, there was my head And when I was told that Mark Murphy wanted to see me – and the messenger was cold and the energy was bad, Mark said it was an ugly loss and that was the time to change anything, he said something about the offenses and the special teams and he did not think it would get any better, there was no emotion. That was tough, "he said.
Once I release a person, you have your words right. There is a personal component. You know he has a family. He's none of this family. So that was over. The way people leave the building was very important to me. That's part of the business, "said McCarthy. Hopefully things will progress for people like Clay [Matthews] and Randall [Cobb] as well as Nick Perry and Jordy Nelson and T.J. Long, it is important that you leave the right path. This path represents the Green Bay Packers standard that I tried to maintain every day. "
McCarthy said the output" stayed with me for a while. "
" It was hard to swallow, "he said The emotional challenge of moving from humiliation to reflection was a very important step in the quest for clarity, so personally, I benefit from the experiences of my entire Green Bay Packer career That was what I wanted, not just the end of it.
"But hey, I'll never forget the answer because I put my phone down [that night]. I woke up and could not do it I think, my phone: When we won the Super Bowl, I received over 200 lyrics. This week I had over 500. I got more than twice the news that I was fired when I won the damn Super Bowl. That's remarkable. They came from current and former players, competitors, owners of other NFL teams, politicians, media members, and people I opposed, whom I had never spoken to before. I loved it and still am. "