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Cheese Curds, 4/3: Mike McCarthy finally speaks about his firing, and he’s not happy

It appears the former Packers coach won’t be sending Christmas cards to Mark Murphy any time soon.

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Mike McCarthy has been spending the past few months trying to find a routine. The former Green Bay Packers coach, who was unceremoniously removed from his job with four games remaining in the 2018 season, is trying to find some semblance of normalcy in his first year outside of coaching in over three decades. Finally, this week he spoke out for the first time about the circumstances around his firing, his reaction to it, and how he plans to spend the next year despite still living in Green Bay.

It’s clear that McCarthy is unhappy — pissed off, even — about how the firing was handled. It seems that much of his frustration is focused on Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy, who was the person who delivered the news to him. The following quotes sum up his reaction:

(W)hen I was told Mark Murphy wanted to see me -- and the messenger was cold and the energy was bad. Mark said it was an ugly loss, and it was time to make change ... There was no emotion to it. That was hard ... That exit, frankly, Rob, the exit really stuck with me for a while. It was hard to swallow.

One of Murphy’s public comments also resulted in some bristling for McCarthy: when Murphy revealed that a players’ council, which the team compiled to help provide input on a new coach, communicated a feeling of complacency. Unsurprisingly, McCarthy was displeased by this as well:

When you throw out words like complacency and accountability, that bothered me. That’s not accurate.

As far as the split, it’s becoming clear that it was necessary. Mike’s wife, Jessica, even told her husband she was “relieved” for him in the immediate aftermath of the firing, in part because the job as “beat the hell out of” him in recent years. But the Packers’ handling of the situation, the timing and the delivery of the decision, deserves to be criticized.

There’s lots to unpack, so let’s read up.

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