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Packers GM Mark Murphy Feels QB Aaron Rodgers Will Adjust to New Staff

For all but the last four games of the 2018 season, Aaron Rodgers‘ entire tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback came under one head coach, Mike McCarthy.

After four games under interim coach Joe Philbin, Rodgers will begin this coming season with Matt LaFleur as his new coach.

How Rodgers reacts to the first-time head coach could dictate his level of success.

“He has to embrace it,” Packers president Mark Murphy told Rob Demovsky of ESPN on Tuesday at the NFL combine. “And I think he is. I hope he adapts well. I’m excited. I know he’s excited. I’ve had some discussions with him.”

Rodgers has not spoken publicly since Murphy hired LaFleur, the former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, on Jan. 7. Rodgers also hasn’t met in person with his new coach, either. But they’ve had several conversations, according to Murphy, since their initial phone call on the day LaFleur was offered the job.

Rodgers’ relationship with McCarthy became a point of speculation last season, when McCarthy was fired with four games left in his 13th season as head coach. Their partnership appeared to sour for good when Rodgers bashed the Packers’ offense after their 22-0 win over the Bills in late September.

The day after McCarthy was fired in December, Rodgers was asked if he thought he had anything to do with McCarthy’s dismissal and said: “I hope that’s not the reason.”

Murphy acknowledged that Rodgers needs to buy in to LaFleur’s coaching and the changes he plans to implement on offense, especially because at age 35, Rodgers’ window to win another Super Bowl might be starting to close.

“He’s driven,” Murphy said. “He wants to win championships, and I think he knows that he’s got only so many years left. I’m excited. I think he and Matt, I think that relationship is going to be crucial. He’s the head coach, but he’s the playcaller.”

“There’s no question, with as much change as we have, there’s going to be an adjustment, but I’m optimistic,” Murphy said. “I think we’ll see improvement.”

Packers Would Like to Bring Back Former WR Coach Luke Getsy

The Packers want to bring back former wide receivers coach Luke Getsy, whose outstanding work with the receivers during his time here and familiarity with quarterback Aaron Rodgers would make him a good fit, Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report.

Getsy left the Packers after the 2017 season to accept the offensive coordinator’s job with his mentor, Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead.

The Packers are hoping there’s enough mutual interest to lure Getsy back into the pro game and are expected to talk to him soon. More than likely, the Packers had to get permission from Moorhead to interview the 33-year-old Getsy.

Getsy spent four years with the Packers (2014-17), starting as an offensive assistant and working his way up to receivers coach in 2016. He immediately introduced some unusual training drills, including juggling tennis balls and footballs and catching falling bricks before they hit the ground, in an attempt to improve head-eye coordination.

If Getsy takes the job, he would oversee developing the Packers’ three young wide receivers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore. Valdes-Scantling and St. Brown both flashed some ability last year and the Packers are counting on all three of the rookies to contribute more.

Packers Ready to Hire Titans Coordinator Matt LaFleur as Head Coach

The Packers have their sights set on a new head coach, as reports say it looks like they are ready to hire Tennessee Titans coordinator Matt LaFleur for the position.

The 39-year-old will become the 15th full-time coach the franchise, as he takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was fired late in the season after the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

LaFleur, the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, chatted with the Packers Sunday.

LaFleur just concluded his first year as the Titans’ offensive coordinator after hold the same title in 2017 under Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams.

Tennessee finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs, ending the year No. 25 in total offense and No. 27 in scoring. The Titans were 29th in passing with quarterback Marcus Mariota but seventh in the league in rushing.

Packers Interview Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano as Possible Next Head Coaches

The painful Packers 2018 season will end on Sunday, and all eyes will turn on who is going to be the next head coach of the team.

Michael Lombardi of The Athletic reports that one name that seems to be gaining steam is that of former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, as he’s already talked to the team.

Caldwell spent three years (2009-2011) with the Indianpolis Colts (26-22 record) and then four years (2014-2017) with Detroit (36-28 record).

Ian Rapoport adds the Packers have already spoken as well as former Colts coach Chuck Pagano.

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Packers Fire McCarthy Longtime Assistant Coach Winston Moss

The changes to the Packers coaching staff continued on Tuesday, as reports say the team has parted ways with longtime Mike McCarthy assistant coach Winston Moss.

Moss himself took to twitter with the news

Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin confirmed minutes after Moss tweeted, both on social media and in a press release.

“We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” said Philbin. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.”

Josh McDaniels the Odds on Front Runner to Be the Next Packers Head Coach

Just hours after the Packers announced they are done with head coach Mike McCarthy, today there are odds out as to who the next coach of the team will be, courtesy of Bovada, (, Twitter: @BovadaOfficial).

Josh McDaniels 7/4

John DeFilippo 11/4

Lincoln Riley 11/4

Eric Bieniemy 10/1

Pete Carmichael 15/1

Matt LeFleur 15/1

Zac Taylor 15/1

John Harbaugh 20/1

Freddie Kitchens 25/1

Kris Richard 25/1

Ron Rivera 25/1

Jeff Tedford 25/1

Gary Kubiak 50/1

Following Loss to Cardinals; Packers Fire Coach Mike McCarthy

A lost season for the Packers has just taken another surprising twist, as following Sunday’s miserable three-point home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the team has relieved coach Mike McCarthy of his duties as head coach.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that McCarthy was not expecting the move, and that for now, Joe Philbin will take over as interim coach for the rest of 2018.

“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,” Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement.

“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. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”

The Packers after the loss to the Cardinals sit at 4-7-1, and they are basically finished as far as looking for a possible playoff spot in the NFC.