Browns free safety Damarious Randall on Thursday called out the Packers for firing Mike McCarthy, blaming their 4-7-1 record on bad personnel moves instead.
“I don’t know,’’ the former Green Bay defensive back said when asked if the game has passed McCarthy by. “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical. The magic hasn’t been so magical lately. But other than that, I don’t know.’’
The Browns' free safety, acquired in a trade with the Packers that sent DeShone Kizer to Green Bay, doesn’t understand why the Packers fired a coach who went 125-77-2, won a Super Bowl and took his team to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons. McCarthy, who worked with Browns GM John Dorsey for seven seasons in Green Bay, is among the potential candidates for Cleveland’s head coaching vacancy.
“Mike McCarthy is a great, great coach,’’ said Randall, echoing the sentiments of center JC Tretter, another former Packer. “I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for him. I just wish him the best. I don’t know why they fired him. He’s definitely a good, good guy, and he’s a great coach.’’
Randall feels that way about McCarthy, 55, despite being benched midway through the Bears game last season after arguing with a coach, and some questioned him sitting out the final two games with a knee injury.