Mike McCarthy has finally broken his silence. The longtime Green Bay Packers coach was fired late last season, and he's remained mostly silent on his departure ever since. Until now.
McCarthy sat down for a recent interview with Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com and dished on a variety of topics. McCarthy was already making waves last night when excerpts of the interview were made public where he revealed he thought his firing, “couldn't have been handled any worse.”
One subject everyone has wanted to know more about is McCarthy's relationship with Aaron Rodgers. It's long been rumored in the media that the relationship between the coach and quarterback had decayed beyond repair in recent years and that the falling out was a large part of McCarthy's firing.
McCarthy went out of his way to avoid ripping Rodgers, but he didn't exactly deny the rumors either.
“When I think about my relationship with Aaron, you're talking about 13 years. That's a very long time. It's been a privilege to watch him grow in so many different ways and see him do so many great things on the field and off. To think you can be in a relationship that long and not have any frustrations, that's unrealistic,” McCarthy said.
While more or less acknowledging that there were bumps in their relationship, McCarthy made it clear he didn't hold any ill will toward Rodgers. McCarthy also said in the interview he was unaware of Rodgers ever questioning his play-calling to others, as has been reported in the media.
With McCarthy gone, the Packers have turned to offensive whizkid Matt LaFleur to take over the reigns. The team is hoping LaFleur will give the team a much-needed jolt of energy, and awaken the dormant fire within Rodgers. However you feel about McCarthy, he's taken everything in stride and handled the situation like a pro.