Mike McCarthy was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night following a crushing loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The end of an era. While the last 2-3 years have been frustrating at best, McCarthy’s overall tenure will go down as a success. He won a lot of games – including a Super Bowl – while working with Aaron Rodgers, so history will be kind to the coach who has a street named after him in Green Bay.

Knowing that there has been a ton of negativity surrounding him this year, and that fans would undoubtedly be venting their frustrations on Twitter, I wanted to get a conversation going about the good times. No sarcasm allowed, I simply asked for your favorite memories. Here’s what you said.

The New Start

After working with Brett Favre for a couple seasons, the decision was made to move on. Fans and media didn’t make it easy on McCarthy, but I think it’s fair to say the decision was justified.

Super Bowl Year

To say “Winning the Super Bowl” was too easy. Some great moments from that season were mentioned, starting with

The 2013 Season

Rodgers breaks his collarbone for the first time. We had all written off the season, but with Matt Flynn at Quarterback, McCarthy kept us in the hunt just long enough to knock out the Bears in dramatic fashion!

Handling the Bad Calls

The Packers have had to work through their fair share of bad calls from officials, but Mike handled all of them with class. Well, almost all of them.

Him screaming at the ref earlier this season definitely left an impact! Easily my favorite moment of this season.

Nobody’s Underdog

Enough said.


His bromance with Aaron Rodgers

There were times McCarthy was just as shocked as we were with the amazing things Rodgers has done.


Beating the Patriots in 2014

It already got a mention above, but it wasn’t the only one.

This game produced one of the greatest sports gifs in circulation today.

Except, he didn’t say “fudge”.

Developing a Legend

This post highlights his impact on a young Aaron Rodgers, and how he helped Rodgers reach his potential.


So thank you, Mike McCarthy. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but your tenure in Green Bay will be remembered for helping Aaron Rodgers become an MVP, winning a super bowl, 135 wins – 10 in the playoffs, and running one of the best offenses the world has ever seen in 2011. I wish you the best of luck in your next project – probably in Cleveland.

 

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