McCarthy says good­bye to Pack­ers play­ers

The Herald Sun - - Sports -

Fired coach Mike McCarthy was wel­comed back to bid farewell to the Green Bay Pack­ers play­ers on Wed­nes­day.

“Mike came by the of­fice, I think Tues­day we all saw him as a staff, which was great,” in­terim coach Joe Philbin said be­fore Thurs­day’s prac­tice.

“Then we talked, and he wanted an op­por­tu­nity to speak with the team. I was 100 per­cent, fully sup­port­ive of that, and he did a fan­tas­tic job talk­ing to the team. Not just about foot­ball and win­ning foot­ball games, but his pas­sion.”

McCarthy, who was in his 13th sea­son, was fired after Sun­day’s home loss to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals. The team’s fifth loss in six weeks sent the Pack­ers to 4-7-1 on the sea­son.

No­table

Pa­tri­ots: Quar­ter­back Tom Brady en­ters Sun­day tied with Pey­ton Man­ning for the most touch­down passes in NFL his­tory, in­clud­ing play­offs. Man­ning and Brady both have 579 TD tosses, fol­lowed by Brett Favre (552) and Drew Brees (547). The 508 reg­u­lar-sea­son touch­down passes by Brady and Favre trail Man­ning (539) and Brees (518) on the ca­reer list.

Wash­ing­ton: Three weeks after Alex Smith suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing leg in­jury dur­ing Wash­ing­ton’s loss to the Tex­ans, the quar­ter­back is deal­ing with an in­fec­tion that has kept him in the hospi­tal and raised con­cerns about his long-term re­cov­ery.

Wash­ing­ton is­sued a state­ment Thurs­day de­scrib­ing the in­jury as “se­ri­ous” and ask­ing that “every­one please honor the Smith fam­ily’s re­quest for pri­vacy at this time,” while pro­vid­ing no specifics on Smith’s sit­u­a­tion.

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