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Following the Packers 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers have decided to move on from head coach Mike McCarthy.  In a press conference on Monday, Packers President Mark Murphy did say that he did not regret the extension, but that McCarthy had run his course as coach of the team. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who also has head coaching experience with the Miami Dolphins after his first stint with the Packers, has been named as interim head coach.

Joe Philbin

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Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin has been named the interim head coach for the Green Bay Packers. Philbin had been serving as the offensive coordinator in his second stint with the Green Bay Packers, after serving many roles with the team from 2003-11 before being named the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Philbin’s tenure with the Dolphins was highly scrutinized as unsuccessful, with a 24-28 record.  Murphy and Gutekunst did say that Philbin will be a serious candidate going forward, but that the team will conduct a thorough search process.  This would certainly be an odd long term solution given that Philbin comes from the McCarthy tree and would in many ways be an extension of what Green Bay had. That being said, if the front office and team sees something over the last four weeks of the season, that could keep Philbin around.  Some early reports are indicating other candidates may lead the way this offseason.

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