The Green Bay Packers have reportedly fired head coach Mike McCarthy and promoted offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to interim coach following Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple sources. But any other team with an opening may have Harbaugh higher than McCarthy on their list, and Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst or CEO Mark Murphy should be already be making just such a list of candidates.
The Packers' defense did its job much of the day, but Larry Fitzgerald hauled in a miracle 32-yard grab to extend what would be Arizona's game-winning drive.
McCarthy shook up his coaching staff, including bringing Philbin back as offensive coordinator and hiring Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers as defensive coordinator.
That's pretty much all she wrote for Mike McCarthy in Green Bay.
After four years of practice squads, offseason programs and training camps, the Packers' first-year receiver finally made his National Football League regular-season debut on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Despite a Super Bowl triumph in the 2010 season and six division titles, McCarthy and Green Bay eventually fell short of expectations.
While the resume is undoubtedly impressive, there was a pressing need for change. It's not like McDaniels' taught a master class in interpersonal skills as Denver Broncos head coach. A lack of awareness, play clock miscues, odd play selections in certain situations - the writing was on the wall.
However, perhaps an even more enticing option for McDaniels would be to pack up and leave for Green Bay. And the one, who called the head coaching job a "lonely one". For now, though, with the Packers severely underachieving and McCarthy unable to find answers against strong opponents or weak ones, his departure made sense. Many assumed the Packers would wait until season's end to have McCarthy his pink slip.
Meanwhile, the Packers begin a search they rarely make.
There's also no guarantee that a new face and a new voice rejuvenates anything. 'We're not executing the right way and it's the same stuff: poor throws, not on the same page with receivers, wrong depth, protection'.
Cardinals: Host the Detroit Lions on December 9.