NFL 2019: LaFleur, Rodgers look to lead Pack past weak 2018
Six wins are unacceptable in Green Bay.
So after a 6-9-1 campaign a season ago, the Packers unloaded the coaching staff, reshuffled the roster and retooled for what they hope will be a...
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New faces: Coach Matt LaFleur, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, QB coach Luke Getsy, O-line coach Adam Stenavich, TE coach Justin Outten, WR coach Alvis...
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OPEN CAMP: July 25, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
LAST YEAR: Packers' 2018 campaign was defined by friction between star quarterback and embattled coach. Mike...
Packers profit drops 98% to $724,000, hurt by losing
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers reported a profit of just $724,000 in their latest fiscal year, which included their second straight season without a playoff appearance, a large...
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Packers have had a soap opera of an offseason
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — New Packers coach Matt LaFleur had a long to-do list even before his players arrived for the start of offseason workouts this week.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he was surprised and stunned at the timing of his firing last December and believes his dismissal was handled...
Ex-Packers coach Mike McCarthy accused of berating prep refs
PULASKI, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has been accused of confronting and berating referees after a loss by his stepson's high school basketball team.
Packers’ LaFleur looks to build relationship with Rodgers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers endured perhaps the most challenging year of his career — a season marked by a knee injury, inconsistent play and the firing of...
Packers bring back Getsy as QBs coach to work with Rodgers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are bringing back Luke Getsy, this time as their quarterbacks coach to work with Aaron Rodgers.
Getsy spent four seasons on former coach Mike McCarthy's staff before leaving to become Mississippi State's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach last year.
Getsy was Green Bay's receivers coach from 2016-17 and a quality control coach from 2014-15. He will help Rodgers adjust to new coach Matt LaFleur's offense.
AP source: Jets hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets stayed in the AFC East to find their new head coach.
Former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase agreed Wednesday night to take the Jets job, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
The hiring ends a 10-day, wide-open search for New York, which met with seven other coaches about their vacancy, including Mike McCarthy, Kris Richard, Jim Caldwell, Eric Bieniemy, Todd Monken, Matt Rhule and Kliff Kingsbury, who took the Arizona Cardinals job.
Matt LaFleur takes over in Green Bay as the head coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has never been in charge of an NFL team before, and until last year had never called plays for one either.
On Wednesday, he took over the Green Bay Packers, who have missed the playoffs two years in a row — and a team with a two-time MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, whom LaFleur must help to get back to playing his best.
"I briefly spoke to (Rodgers) prior to accepting the job," LaFleur said during an introductory news conference at Lambeau Field.
Packers confirm hiring of Matt LaFleur as coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has been named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Tuesday night, confirming multiple reports from a day earlier.
The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. Before that, he was offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, helping direct a high-powered offense with coach Sean McVay calling plays.
Jets interview Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken for their head coaching job.
The team completed its meeting with Monken on Tuesday. It marks the sixth interview New York has announced since firing Todd Bowles last week.
AP source: LaFleur accepts offer to become Packers coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt LaFleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the postseason.
LaFleur accepted an offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Packers nor the Titans had announced the decision.
Jets interview former Colts, Lions coach Jim Caldwell
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell for their head coaching vacancy.
The meeting was announced by the team Monday. It marks the fifth known interview New York has conducted since firing coach Todd Bowles last Sunday.
The Jets met with Dallas defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard on Sunday. Richard also interviewed with Miami and Tampa Bay for their vacancies.
Jets meet with Cowboys assistant Kris Richard for coach job
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed Dallas Cowboys assistant Kris Richard for their head coaching vacancy.
The meeting in Texas with Richard was the team's fourth known sit-down with potential candidates to replace Todd Bowles, who was fired last Sunday. New York has also interviewed Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, former Miami coach Adam Gase and former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy.
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Jets interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets' search for a new coach is kicking into high gear.
The team announced Saturday it completed its interview with former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, the third known coach to meet with New York since Todd Bowles was fired last Sunday night.
Darnold the big-time selling point for Jets in coach search
NEW YORK (AP) — The sales pitch from the Jets to prospective head coaching candidates begins with Sam Darnold.
Everything else is a distant second.
Sure, being in the New York/New Jersey area is an obvious attraction, and Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson spun his own take on a classic line by saying earlier this week that if you succeed in the Big Apple, "you're a freaking legend."
Players hate to see coaches fired, but at least they’re paid
DENVER (AP) — Every year, while a dozen NFL head coaches are preparing their teams for the playoffs, nearly as many coaches are called into their general manager's office and told they're fired for not being one of those dozen coaches who are preparing their teams for the playoffs.
Eight coaches lost their jobs in 2018, including Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, long before the holidays rolled around.
NFL head coaching positions a slippery ride
Sean Payton despises the term "Black Monday." And he's one of the coaches who always survives it.
Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded, four of them on Monday. Two, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn't even make it that far.
Offseason of change awaits Packers after another losing year
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews looked up into the Lambeau Field suites to find his parents before walking down the stadium tunnel for what might be the last time as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
An offseason of change awaits in Titletown following a second straight year without a playoff appearance.
A coaching search is already underway after Mike McCarthy was fired in early December, which leaves the futures of upcoming free agents like Matthews up in the air.
Fired coach Mike McCarthy returns to speak to Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Fired shortly after Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the team he coached for most of the past 13 seasons.
On Wednesday, he got his chance. Interim coach Joe Philbin allowed McCarthy back into Lambeau Field to speak to the team, and the players bid him farewell with a standing ovation.
December dud: Falcons and Packers try to avoid losing years
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — How fortunes have changed in less than two years for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.
The participants in the NFC title game in January 2017 are floundering this season. The Packers have already fired head coach Mike McCarthy.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank reaffirmed support for his coach, Dan Quinn, after a four-game losing streak dropped the team out of the playoff picture.
Packers’ Philbin dusts off offensive play-calling duties
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Time for Joe Philbin to assume an important new responsibility with the Green Bay Packers, and it's not just the duties that come with taking over as interim head coach.
It's been a while since Philbin has called plays.
"Trying to think. Might have been about 20 years, maybe," Philbin said.
Philbin: Winston Moss was let go because of ‘fit’ with team
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin said that it wasn't easy to let associate head coach Winston Moss go from the coaching staff, but that he came to the decision because he "just didn't feel like the fit right now was where it needs to be."
Packers part with associate head coach Winston Moss
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with Winston Moss, the associate head coach in charge of linebackers and a 13-year veteran of the staff
Interim head coach Joe Philbin announced the move late Tuesday, two days after coach Mike McCarthy was fired. Moss was an 11-year NFL veteran linebacker. He has been an NFL assistant for 20 years in all and the associate head coach in Green Bay the past four years.
Packers president Murphy to hire next coach, GM involved
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason.
He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year.
Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike McCarthy's successor, but is free to provide input, team president Mark Murphy said on Monday.
McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to Cleveland job
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy's connections with the Browns could land him his next job.
Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy's candidacy to become Cleveland's next coach has gotten more legitimate.
NFL ICYMI: Packers, A-Rod say bye to McCarthy; who next?
There's little argument that Aaron Rodgers' talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.
For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.
Column: McCarthy firing as much about culture as performance
When a head coach gets fired during an NFL season, it's as much about the culture of his team as it is about performance.
Cardinals stun fading Packers at Lambeau; McCarthy fired
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The lowly Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset at Lambeau Field that was so much a stunner that the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after the game.
Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left, Green Bay's Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired and the Cardinals braved wintry conditions to hold on for a 20-17 victory on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy
GREEN BAY, 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.
Familiar problems plague fading Packers in loss to Cards
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers wasn't in much of a mood to celebrate his 35th birthday.
Not after another loss for the sliding Green Bay Packers.
The same problems keep popping up for the offense, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.
But Sunday's 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals was definitely a surprise. Coach Mike McCarthy was fired after Green Bay stumbled once again.
Packers’ Cobb gets closer to return, could help on 3rd downs
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers coach Mike McCarthy appreciates how veteran receiver Randall Cobb excels at doing the little things in practice, such as perfecting his footwork and timing.
If Cobb can just get over his hamstring injury, he might be able to help on the field, too, with the Packers desperately trying to keep their longshot playoff hopes alive.
Cobb practiced again on Thursday as the Packers get ready to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Punchless Pack pushed further back, after punt-filled loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Aaron Jones crossed the goal line early in the second quarter, capping a 75-yard drive that gave Green Bay a 14-7 lead at Minnesota, the Packers again put themselves in favorable position for a victory on the road against a winning team.
That's a formula coach Mike McCarthy's backsliding bunch has yet to figure out this year.
Hobbled Packers defense looks to beef up takeaways
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As the Packers look to end their road futility, coach Mike McCarthy would like to see another turn of events transpire when they play the rival Minnesota Vikings in prime time on Sunday.
"We definitely need turnovers," McCarthy said Friday. "That's always been a staple of our success here, and Sunday night will hopefully be that game."
Despite struggles, Packers in contention in NFC playoff race
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are winless on the road and there are questions about coach Mike McCarthy's job security.
However they enter Sunday night's game at Minnesota trailing the Vikings by just one game for the final NFC wild-card spot.
"We fully understand where we are. We understand what our record is," McCarthy said on Monday. "We need to win on the road. That's something we haven't done."
On hot seat? Packers’ McCarthy focuses on getting road win
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike McCarthy knows his job is on the line.
The Green Bay Packers' 13th-year head coach acknowledged he is aware that the team's 4-5-1 record has led to questions about his future.
But he insisted he and the team are focused on next week's pivotal NFC North matchup with the Vikings in Minnesota, and not the uncertainty surrounding his job security.
Jones helps Packers run away for 31-12 win over Dolphins
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For a change, it was the Packers in a runaway.
Aaron Jones ran for career highs of 145 yards and two scores, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connected for two touchdown passes and the Green Bay beat the Miami Dolphins 31-12 on Sunday.
Packers struggling at 3-4-1 at halfway mark
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Every year, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy nips any playoff talk in the bud by saying it's not a topic of conversation until the team wins 10 games.
The Packers hit the season's midpoint with a 3-4-1 record, meaning there is little margin for error after back-to-back losses to two of the NFL's powerhouses.
For 2nd straight week, Packers not good enough vs NFL’s best
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Green Bay had the ball in field goal range, on the cusp of breaking a fourth-quarter tie, when Patriots lineman Lawrence Guy knocked the ball out of Aaron Jones' grasp .
Instead of taking their first lead of the game, the Packers watched the Patriots march to back-to-back scores and put away a 31-17 victory on Sunday night.
Poor return: Packers, Montgomery look to get past fumble
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Ty Montgomery left Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sunday after his crucial fumble during a kickoff return without talking to reporters. He had plenty to say on Monday.
The Green Bay Packers running back and kick returner talked more about his uncertain role and anonymous criticism from a teammate than about costing his team a chance to beat the Rams.
Packers lament key mistakes in latest narrow loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ty Montgomery's fourth-quarter fumble on a kickoff return was only the final big blow to the Green Bay Packers' hopes of knocking off the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.
Montgomery's mistake was far from the only error Sunday that left Green Bay's half of the rowdy Coliseum crowd going home unhappy despite an occasionally inspired effort by their team.
McCarthy knows Packers have to improve for post-bye stretch
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy heads into the bye week well aware of his team's shortcomings.
And he knows how crucial it is to fix them in advance of the most challenging portion of the schedule.
"It was important to win the game on so many different fronts," McCarthy said on Tuesday, a day after his team's 33-30 win over San Francisco. "Let's be honest, you have to win your home games."
Packers WRs Cobb, Allison questionable for game vs. 49ers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers say starting receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison are questionable for their game Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Both wideouts have hamstring injuries. Cobb has missed the last two games while Allison has missed one. Cobb and Allison have been limited participants in practice this week.
49ers, Packers look to cut down on turnovers at Lambeau
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Turnovers just might be the most important statistic in football.
Just ask the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.
The 49ers last week had a 33-10 edge in first downs against Arizona but still lost by 10 following five giveaways.
The Packers (2-2-1) almost doubled the Lions in total offense (521-264) and still lost 31-23 after coughing up three turnovers.
Guess what the Packers will be focusing on in practice as they prepare to host the 49ers at Lambeau Field on Monday night?
McCarthy: Protecting the ball will solve Packers’ woes
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Protect the football and it should fix everything.
That seems to be the viewpoint of Mike McCarthy, whose Green Bay Packers have a variety of issues that have led to a 2-2-1 start.
"The big part of that game is focusing on the things we can control," McCarthy said Monday, one day after his team lost at Detroit, 31-23, after digging itself a 24-0 hole. "We have to take care of the football."
Packers’ Randall Cobb ruled out against Lions
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will be without at least one of their starting receivers Sunday at Detroit.
Randall Cobb has been ruled out, a hamstring injury sidelining him for the second consecutive week.
Davante Adams, who injured a calf at Wednesday's practice, will practice Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy said, and is listed as questionable. Also questionable is Geronimo Allison, who suffered a concussion during last week's victory over Buffalo and has not practiced this week.