On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers released longtime assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss after 13 years with the organization. Moss’s departure comes at the hands of new interim head coach Joe Philbin, who is taking over after the team fired Mike McCarthy on Sunday evening.
The move also comes the same day as Moss posted a strange and controversial tweet this afternoon calling out Aaron Rodgers for a lack of leadership skills.
Ponder this... what Championship teams have are great leadership! Period! It’s not the offensive guru trend, it’s not the safe trend. Find somebody that is going to hold #12 and everybody in this building to a #LombardiStandard! Period! #losingsucks!— Winston Moss (@Insanecane99) December 4, 2018
Moss has been front and center in a few strange incidents over the past year, including some bizarre behavior during press conferences, and many have questioned his role with the team. Given McCarthy’s departure it’s not surprising that Moss would follow him, but calling out Rodgers, who just signed a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2021 at the very least, is not exactly the best career choice.
One thing that is now crystal clear is that the front office is in no mood to suffer foolishness from the incumbents, and while the tweet may have been a catalyst for moving on Moss immediately, it’s likely that more moves are coming and there is no guarantee they wait for the end of the season.
Interestingly, Moss had spent much of his coaching career with McCarthy, who hired him in 2006 after getting the Packers’ head coaching job. However, the two go back even farther, as Moss was the linebackers coach for the Saints while McCarthy was that team’s offensive coordinator.