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.
I loved his boldness in sticking with Rodgers over Favre in 2008, he had to have been sweating that decision no matter how confident he felt.
— Joy M (@joym13) December 3, 2018
Super Bowl Year
To say “Winning the Super Bowl” was too easy. Some great moments from that season were mentioned, starting with
Pretty much everything he did during the 2010 season. The empty picture frame at the beginning of camp, dealing with 15 starters on IR, the nobody’s Underdog press conference, and fitting them for Rings before Super Bowl
— MK (@KnopflerFan17) December 3, 2018
SB and victory over NE. He called a great game.
— Josh (@JGent41) December 3, 2018
The way that he handled the Super Bowl season. With so many injuries that year, he kept the team focused and together. That is what I will remember most of McCarthy and is also something all fans should remember. In addition, I’ll remember the charitable impact that he made.
— Paul Kaufmann (@pdk_gunner) December 3, 2018
New England game with Flynn playing for Rodgers in 2010. Best schemed and coached game McCarthy ever did for Green Bay, even though it was a loss.
— Change Is Needed (@Jollymon72) December 3, 2018
The time he almost beat the Patriots with Matt Flynn. Or the Steelers game from last year. Both losses but great coaching against all odds.
— Michael Lancaster (@radiationmike) December 3, 2018
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!
The 2013 season, collarbone pt 1, that team had magic. Mike outdid himself that year. https://t.co/Qqe2lgUzp0
— Dave (@OZthecheesehead) December 3, 2018
Keeping the team together in ‘13 so Rodgers could take the bears out. Also the next year and the 12-4 bounce back was really impressive. I also loved the way the team galvanized in ‘16.
— Christopher (@cmancrib) December 3, 2018
I re-watched Packers-Cowboys from 2013 this summer and fell in love with McCarthy again. No quit, down 28-3, made the right adjustments, came out and executed, and beat a tough team and hated rival with Matt Flynn at QB to keep the season alive. Electric.
— Packer Force Podcast (@PackerForce) December 3, 2018
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.
When he took the high road after the fail mary. And again after the Clay Matthews call versus the Vikings this year. People could learn a lot about leadership from watching Mike.
— Dan (@Dan_Stitches) December 3, 2018
Him screaming at the ref earlier this season definitely left an impact! Easily my favorite moment of this season.
— Will Carroll (@StraitBackWilly) December 3, 2018
When he went after that ref after the roughing the passer call earlier this year was up there for me tbh https://t.co/vqSbiwS0I9
— 🐱🌲kelsey❄️🐿️ (@kelseyrocks) December 3, 2018
“Were nobody’s underdog”
— Daniel Kotnik (@DKalltheway) December 3, 2018
His bromance with Aaron Rodgers
There were times McCarthy was just as shocked as we were with the amazing things Rodgers has done.
I always thought it was cool when Aaron would do Aaron things, then when he got to the sideline he and Mac would celebrate together. Mac giving him the “I can’t believe you did that” look
— Josh G. (@Jwg1213) December 3, 2018
It was the best of times. I feel like I vaguely remember a time when Aaron made a particularly Aaron throw and when he got to the sideline, a mic picked up Mac calling him a son of a bitch. Thought that was pretty funny
— Josh G. (@Jwg1213) December 3, 2018
Beating the Patriots in 2014
It already got a mention above, but it wasn’t the only one.
When he beat the Patriots in 2014.
— nathan fikkert (@njfikkert) December 3, 2018
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.
This whole 2015 article is good read: https://t.co/3ubbqy7JHW
But this excerpt in particular says a lot about how much McCarthy meant to Rodgers when he entered the league. pic.twitter.com/wkjSrVFKWa
— Skinny Testaverde (@BrendanDzw) December 3, 2018
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.