Pack­ers fire as­sis­tant coach Moss over ‘hold No. 12 ac­count­able’ tweet

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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.

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