Packers preparing for McCarthy’s return

Sunday’s game marks McCarthy’s first at Lambeau Field since being fired in 2018
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy watches the...
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy watches the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)(Paul Sancya | AP)
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 3:45 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - It’s been four years since the head coach of a street named after him in Green Bay was fired mid-season. On Sunday, the Packers welcome back Mike McCarthy for the first time.

McCarthy, now the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, said that his 2018 firing from the Packers left a dent in him. Aaron Rodgers called it a shock. Now, the stage is set for a return to a place McCarthy called home for 13 seasons.

“Jessica was born there, kids were born there,” said McCarthy.

Rodgers is all too familiar with the duality of McCarthy.

“Mike’s Pittsburgh toughness and grit on the outside, big soft teddy bear on the inside,” said Rodgers. “That’s a great combination to have.”

For many Packers, it will be a happy return to see the former head man back at his old stomping grounds, a place McCarthy brought a title back in 2011.

“I think he had a lot of success and a great time here,” said kicker Mason Crosby. “He obviously loves this place and was always going to call it home.”

“Obviously my longest-tenured coach, longest-tenured play-caller,” said Rodgers. “I’m thankful for those years and maybe a little bit more thankful as the years go by.”

Even though there were moments of contention between Rodgers and McCarthy, the former coach looks back with fondness.

“When I think of him…I think of all the one-on-one conversations we used to have,” said McCarthy. “Especially in the younger days, it always ended in an ‘I love you’. That’s when I think about our relationship.”

Even though it’ll be odd to see him in Cowboys garb, Rodgers says he can’t wait to give McCarthy a big hug.

The Cowboys and Packers kick off Sunday at 3:25 from Lambeau.