Green Bay Packers

Packers: Seeking clean break from longtime Mike McCarthy staffers

GREEN BAY — Amid all the requisite we-hired-a-new-coach pomp and circumstance and fresh-start excitement when the Green Bay Packers officially introduced new head coach Matt LaFleur last week at Lambeau Field, team president/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst each made comments that sure sounded like not-so-subtle criticisms of the previous coaching regime.

And those clear messages for why Murphy thought change was needed are being reinforced by the team’s decisions on its assistant coaches.

According to two league sources, the Packers are looking to make a clean break from the Mike McCarthy era – successful as it might have been – and that desire has played a role in how LaFleur’s staff is being assembled.

Citing a source, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the decision on Whitt was likely made “by the front office.” Pettine, while hired by McCarthy, just came aboard last year.

Mindful of public perception that Rodgers holds too much sway in the organization, Murphy emphasized that none of the players were asked about specific candidates.

Harsh criticisms, all, for a regime that saw the team qualify for the playoffs nine times (including eight straight seasons from 2009 through 2016) in 13 years, reach four conference championship games and win Super Bowl XLV.

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