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GREEN BAY Womens Brett Favre Jersey , Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach.The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1.Murphy, in a statement, said the 2018 season “has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.”Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach. The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season. He finishes with a record of 125-77-2.“Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field,” Murphy said.But this is a third straight year in which Green Bay has had extended struggles.In 2016, the Packers started 4-6, then won eight straight games to get to the NFC title game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2017, when Aaron Rodgers missed extensive time with a broken collarbone.McCarthy shook up his coaching staff, including bringing Philbin back as offensive coordinator and hiring Mike Pettine to replace Dom Capers as defensive coordinator. Different problems emerged.This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now. Receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison have missed time with injuries. The same issues kept popping up for the offense Davon House Jersey White , most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.Rodgers was asked after the game — but before McCarthy’s firing was announced — how much blame offensive players should get if the Packers made a coaching change after the season.“Yeah, a lot probably. We haven’t played very well,” Rodgers said. “We all take part in the disappointments and the failures that we’ve had this season. We’ve had a number of opportunities. It’s not like we’re getting blown out in a bunch of games. We’re in games.”Cobb’s return on Sunday didn’t help, with the Packers just 3 of 14 on third downs.“I hate to repeat myself, but it’s applicable. … We’re not executing the right way,” Rodgers said.“It’s poor throws, not on the same page with receivers, wrong depth, protection,” he added. “We all have a part in that and we’ve all picked our time to mess up a third down.”The opening play of the fourth quarter was a perfect example of Green Bay’s offensive struggles. Rodgers found Cobb for a 36-yard completion on third-and-11, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty on right tackle Jason Spriggs.Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to “play with that pride” and focus on the next four games.“Yeah, I mean I’m not even thinking about that right now,” Rodgers said when asked if he would have any role after the season with general manager Brian Gutekunst or Murphy about what direction they should go with the coaching staff.The offensive players, Rodgers said Kyler Fackrell Jersey White , bear blame for whatever happens in the future.“Yeah, a lot probably,” he said. “We haven’t played very well.” The Green Bay Packers are still alive. They’re on life support, to be sure, but there is still a feasible path for them to make a run at the postseason. However, much of the help that the team needs to pull for down the stretch will depend on the result of tonight’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.Teams around the NFC will be watching that contest closely. Those two squads sit in the Wild Card spots right now and will stay there regardless of the result of tonight’s game, but the winner will get a massive leg up on a postseason berth. The loser? They’ll have Packers fans and supporters of several other teams around the NFC pulling for them to lose a few more games down the stretch.The Packers’ biggest ask now is to beat the Chicago Bears next week. Control what you can control, and let the chips fall how they may. It has worked for the Green and Gold in the past, so why not again in 2018?Here is where the situation lies in the NFC after 14 weeks (minus one game).Current Playoff Spots1. New Orleans Saints (11-2)2. Los Angeles Rams (11-2)3. Chicago Bears (9-4)4. Dallas Cowboys (8-5)5. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)6. Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1)The Bears’ win over the Rams dropped Los Angeles back into a tie with the Saints for the best record in the NFC, and New Orleans gets the top spot thanks to their head-to-head victory. The rest of these six spots shakes out in a very straightforward manner.There is one interesting note, however. The Seahawks host the Vikings on Monday Night Football this evening, but regardless of which team wins, those two will remain in the two Wild-Card spots. The winner will hold the 5th seed while the loser will sit in 6th place.In the hunt7. Carolina Panthers (6-7)8. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)9. Washington (6-7)10. Green Bay Packers (5-7-1)11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8)12. New York Giants (5-8)13. Detroit Lions (5-8)For the Packers, it’s pretty clear what they have to do to make the postseason. The Bears’ victory put the division out of reach, but winning out would put Green Bay at 8-7-1 and still with a chance to make it in as a Wild Card team.On Sunday , Carolina, Philadelphia, Washington, and Tampa Bay all lost, which gives the Packers a bunch of needed help. Now they need the following to find a way to get in:A: Packers must win outB: Panthers, Eagles, and Washington each lose at least one gameC: Either Seahawks or Vikings lose three more gamesThe three 6-7 teams listed in B all have plenty of tough contests remaining. Washington and Philly will play in week 17, effectively delivering one-third of the necessary losses before the game is even played. The Eagles also have tough games against the Rams and Texans in the next two weeks, while Washington plays at the Jaguars and Titans with a third or fourth-string quarterback. Finally, Carolina faces the Saints twice in 14 days. Don’t worry about B — that part will almost certainly work out.With Seattle and Minnesota playing tonight, one of them will lose one of the necessary three games in C. Therefore, the Packers must cheer for whichever team loses that game to lose two of their final three contests as well. The schedules are favorable for both of those teams, however, as they have the following opponents remaining after tonight’s game:Seattle: at 49ers, vs. Chiefs Womens J'Mon Moore Jersey , vs. CardinalsMinnesota: vs. Dolphins, at Lions, vs. BearsDivisional games can get crazy, so you never know, but each team should be favored in two of their final three, making that — and the Packers’ game in Chicago next week — the biggest barriers to Green Bay making a surprise playoff appearance.As for the 5-8 teams, there are still ways that each of those three could make it in as a Wild Card at 8-8. That would just involve the loser of Seattle-Minnesota losing out over their final three and getting help from all of the teams in between. However, it’s still mathematically possible for all three of those teams.Out of the chase14. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)15. Arizona Cardinals (3-10)16. San Francisco 49ers (3-10)The Packers did not officially end the Falcons’ playoff hopes on Sunday, but we’re including them here anyway. Mathematically there’s a possibility they could get to 7-9 and sneak ahead of the loser of SEA-MIN, but it’s the slimmest glimmer of hope for that to happen and all of the teams above to fall below or even with Atlanta. One wrong game the rest of the way and it’s toast. Meanwhile, Arizona and San Francisco are still even for the #1 pick with Oakland, thanks to wins by the two Bay Area teams on Sunday.
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