Column: McCarthy firing as much about culture as performance

Football 12/03/18, 02:09

When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it's as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance.That was the case in Green Bay, which in a move almost as stunning as its feeble showing against Arizona on Sunday, Mike McCarthy was canned. The ...

Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy

Sports 12/02/18, 19:38

The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach.The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1.Murphy, in a statement, said the 2018 season ...

Familiar problems plague fading Packers in loss to Cards

Football 12/02/18, 19:07

Aaron Rodgers wasn't in much of a mood to celebrate his 35th birthday.Not after another loss for the sliding Green Bay Packers.The same problems keep popping up for the offense, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.But Sunday's 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, one ...

Packers’ Cobb gets closer to return, could help on 3rd downs

Football 11/29/18, 17:35

Packers coach Mike McCarthy appreciates how veteran receiver Randall Cobb excels at doing the little things in practice, such as perfecting his footwork and timing.If Cobb can just get over his hamstring injury, he might be able to help on the field, too, with the Packers desperately trying to keep ...

Punchless Pack pushed further back, after punt-filled loss

Football 11/26/18, 02:25

When Aaron Jones crossed the goal line early in the second quarter, capping a 75-yard drive that gave Green Bay a 14-7 lead at Minnesota, the Packers again put themselves in favorable position for a victory on the road against a winning team.That's a formula coach Mike McCarthy's backsliding bunch ...

Hobbled Packers defense looks to beef up takeaways

Football 11/23/18, 17:06

As the Packers look to end their road futility, coach Mike McCarthy would like to see another turn of events transpire when they play the rival Minnesota Vikings in prime time on Sunday."We definitely need turnovers," McCarthy said Friday. "That's always been a staple of our success here, and Sunday ...

On hot seat? Packers’ McCarthy focuses on getting road win

Football 11/16/18, 17:19

Mike McCarthy knows his job is on the line.The Green Bay Packers' 13th-year head coach acknowledged he is aware that the team's 4-5-1 record has led to questions about his future.But he insisted he and the team are focused on next week's pivotal NFC North matchup with the Vikings in ...

Packers struggling at 3-4-1 at halfway mark

Football 11/05/18, 21:13

Every year, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy nips any playoff talk in the bud by saying it's not a topic of conversation until the team wins 10 games.The Packers hit the season's midpoint with a 3-4-1 record, meaning there is little margin for error after back-to-back losses to two ...

For 2nd straight week, Packers not good enough vs NFL’s best

Football 11/05/18, 13:06

Green Bay had the ball in field goal range, on the cusp of breaking a fourth-quarter tie, when Patriots lineman Lawrence Guy knocked the ball out of Aaron Jones' grasp .Instead of taking their first lead of the game, the Packers watched the Patriots march to back-to-back scores and put ...

Poor return: Packers, Montgomery look to get past fumble

Football 10/29/18, 21:20

Ty Montgomery left Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sunday after his crucial fumble during a kickoff return without talking to reporters. He had plenty to say on Monday.The Green Bay Packers running back and kick returner talked more about his uncertain role and anonymous criticism from a teammate than about costing ...

Packers lament key mistakes in latest narrow loss

Football 10/28/18, 23:09

Ty Montgomery's fourth-quarter fumble on a kickoff return was only the final big blow to the Green Bay Packers' hopes of knocking off the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.Montgomery's mistake was far from the only error Sunday that left Green Bay's half of the rowdy Coliseum crowd going home unhappy despite ...

Packers search for offensive identity, greater balance post-bye

Football 10/20/18, 01:25

GREEN BAY — As Mike McCarthy prepared to bid adieu to his team’s media corps for the bye week — a respite he surely would enjoy — the Green Bay Packers coach’s final press briefing somehow morphed into open mic night at the Chuckle Hut.For years, McCarthy and quarterback Aaron ...

McCarthy knows Packers have to improve for post-bye stretch

Football 10/16/18, 19:01

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy heads into the bye week well aware of his team's shortcomings.And he knows how crucial it is to fix them in advance of the most challenging portion of the schedule."It was important to win the game on so many different fronts," McCarthy said on ...

49ers, Packers look to cut down on turnovers at Lambeau

Football 10/11/18, 15:58

Turnovers just might be the most important statistic in football.Just ask the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.The 49ers last week had a 33-10 edge in first downs against Arizona but still lost by 10 following five giveaways.The Packers (2-2-1) almost doubled the Lions in total offense (521-264) and ...

Protect the football and it should fix everything

Football 10/08/18, 19:05

Protect the football and it should fix everything.That seems to be the viewpoint of Mike McCarthy, whose Green Bay Packers have a variety of issues that have led to a 2-2-1 start."The big part of that game is focusing on the things we can control," McCarthy said Monday, one day ...

Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy turn focus to Sunday’s game against Lions

Football 10/04/18, 23:26

GREEN BAY — Whether Aaron Rodgers’ not-so-thinly veiled criticism of Mike McCarthy’s game plan last Sunday led to a meeting of the minds on Monday or Tuesday, neither man would explicitly say Wednesday.Instead, the Green Bay Packers star quarterback and his head coach emphasized that they communicate “regularly” (McCarthy’s word) ...

Packers offense looks to rebound after sluggish game

Football 10/01/18, 21:05

Whatever issues his quarterback has with his offensive game plans, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made sure he didn't escalate the tension by airing his own frustrations on Monday.On Sunday, Rodgers reacted to the team's 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills by saying that the offense was "terrible" and ...

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