He hired McCarthy as head coach the following year, and the Packers won six NFC North titles under his watch. And while team president Mark Murphy was emphatic this week that McCarthy would be the coach, there's more to it than just a signed paper and some news conference jibber-jabber. Philbin spent the past two seasons as the Indianapolis Colts' assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Chuck Pagano, who was sacked earlier this week.
Green Bay's former general manager, Ted Thompson, was with the organization for 12 years.
Interviews for the defensive coordinator position will begin soon, and McCarthy's choice will be involved in hiring replacements for departed defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley and McGarigle.
But Green Bay lost its season finale 35-11 on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, slipping below.500 in a season in which Rodgers missed nine games with the collarbone injury. The Packers lost wide receivers coach Luke Getsy to Mississippi State, where he'll be offensive coordinator and receivers coach, and Bennett coached the Packers' receivers from 2011 through 2014. "Additionally, I want to thank every player that has stepped on the field for us".
The vocal minority who have exhausted of McCarthy probably wouldn't mind that, but Murphy's decision ultimately could cost the Packers one of the NFL's top coaches. Reports then surfaced last night that offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt were also let go.
Part of the Ron Wolf scouting tree that also includes Seahawks general manager John Schneider, Browns general manager John Dorsey and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, Thompson joined the Packers in 1992 as assistant director of pro personnel. On a personal note, Ted's work ethic, humility and loyalty are almost unparalleled, and it has been one of the great honors of my life to work beside him. Will there be any more coaching changes?
The Green Bay Packers have made changes to their coaching staff that were not limited to just the defense.
"The draft-and-develop still needs to be the core of who you are", McCarthy said.
Needless to say, the Packers are not messing around. "We have all the confidence in the world in Mike; we're going to have great success moving forward".