"Thank-you Green Bay"

McCarthy says goodbye in full page ad

Mike Clemens
December 08, 2018 - 9:28 pm

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Green Bay, WI - It's right out of today's public relations textbook for professional sports teams who have just fired their head coach, or not re-signed a veteran, fan-favorite player - they take out a full page ad to say thank-you. 

Actually, I think the team pays for the ad. They encourage the former employee to say nice things and put their dismissal in the past. 

Nevertheless, in the Saturday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Green Bay Press - Gazette, former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy wrote a goodbye letter to fans to express his gratitude for the chance to lead the franchise for nearly 13 seasons. 

"It's hard to articulate the impact this job had on me and my family," McCarthy said in the letter. "From the beginning, Green Bay has welcomed me with open arms. I met my beautiful wife Jessica here and raised our family of 5 children who will always call Green Bay home. Thank you for the immense outpouring of love our family received this week and throughout our time here. This speaks to the quality of folks in the State of Wisconsin. Coach Lombardi said it best. 'Green Bay is all about Faith, Family and Football."  READ MORE

Earlier in the week senior NFL writer Michael Silver was a guest on "The Bill Michaels Show" on 105.7 FM The FAN. 

Silver is where NFL owners and elite players go to spill the beans. He described his sources as saying, bottom line, McCarthy's message and leadership in Green Bay had "simply gone stale." 

Three days later, in a brief telephone radio interview, when asked was was the last straw in ending McCarthy's run as head coach, Packers CEO/President Mark Murphy said "Well, the loss to Arizona told me it was simply time to make a change now. But overall, it just seems as if the message had gone stale in the locker room, and that's why we felt it was time for a change."

So "stale" is the keyword the team front office decidedly used to describe why the Packers are losing. 

McCarthy turned 55 last month. While most think he's a solid candidate for 3 or 4 NFL head coaching jobs, I wonder if he is ready to jump back into the fray? This season took its toll on him. And to be a coach in the NFL since 1993 when he got hired by the Chiefs is a lot of hours and grinding for 25 years. 

I wouldn't be surprised to see him take a year off, and spend more time with family. 

Then again, with the way the league is leaning towards 30-something coordinators, the job market could pass him by quickly. McCarthy was once that guy. 

Even though Browns GM John Dorsey hired Andy Reid in Kansas City from the Eagles, I'm not so sure that McCarthy is an automatic to go to Cleveland. 

It is going to be an interesting off season.