Packers fire assistant coach Moss over ‘hold No. 12 accountable’ tweet
Accountability went from platform to downfall for Winston Moss on Tuesday. Moss, a longtime assistant coach under Mike McCarthy with the Green Bay Packers whose official title was associate head coach/linebackers coach, was fired on Tuesday in the aftermath of a tweet that drew attention because it called for the team’s next coach to hold Aaron Rodgers accountable. “Ponder this... what Championship teams have are great leadership! Period! It’s not the offensive guru trend, it’s not the safe trend. Find somebody that is going to hold #12 and everybody in this building to a #LombardiStandard! Period! #losingsucks!” Moss wrote. While supporters and detractors alike flocked to the post to share their opinion, the Packers wasted little time expressing their view of Moss’ public comment. “We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” said interim head coach Joe Philbin in a brief statement. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.” On Monday in the team’s first extended public comments, Packers officials said Rodgers had “nothing to do with” McCarthy being fired. But media scrutiny became more intense in recent weeks of the relationship behind the scenes, and Moss, of course, had a front-row seat to the player-coach interaction for the duration of McCarthy’s tenure. Moss, a former NFL linebacker, worked with McCarthy in New Orleans, when both were assistant coaches.