GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Mike McCarthy era has ended after 13 seasons.
McCarthy is the second longest tenured coach in Green Bay Packers history, second only to Curly Lambeau.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst explained that it was time to make the move in a press conference held Monday.
"We've had certain expectations and standards here for a long time," Gutekunst said. "We certainly had them coming into this season. They haven't been met. I think to come out at home in this particular situation against a team that we felt we should beat. It just wasn't up to our standard."
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will take over as interim head coach for the last four games of the season.
"Joe is a legit candidate in my mind," Murphy said. "He's been a head coach in the league. He's part of the most successful teams we've had here. We want to find the very best coach and a coach that will bring the packers back to winning Super Bowls."
Packers players said Monday they were sad to see McCarthy go, but they're ready to move on to what's next.
"I'm not excited about a rebuild, but i don't think that's the direction we're going," Aaron Rodgers said. "I think we have a lot of pieces in place. We just gotta make them fit perfectly and start to play better in all phases. I think Brian's committed to winning now. Mark is committing to winning now."
Players said that this is a business and these things happen.
Murphy said he has the final decision on who will be the Packers next head coach, and that it will come at the end of the season.