Just a few days after he was fired as Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy was allowed to return to the team's facility to say goodbye.
McCarthy, who was terminated Sunday after the Packers' 20-17 loss to the Cardinals, gave an "emotional" speech to the locker room Wednesday.
“He did a fantastic job talking to the team not just about football and winning football games,” interim coach Joe Philbin said, via the team's website. “His passion for the team and his love for the players was clearly evident. I’m sure it was emotional for him and everyone in the room. I thought he did a great job.”
Philbin said McCarthy asked permission to speak with the team on Tuesday, when he came by the facilities and met with the staff.
“I was 100 percent, fully supportive of, and he did a fantastic job talking to the team," Philbin said. "Not just about football and winning football games, but his passion. His passion for the game, his love for the players was clearly evident. I’m sure it was emotional for him and everybody in the room. It was awesome. I thought he did a great job.”
Team president and CEO Mark Murphy also confirmed McCarthy spoke with the team on WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee Thursday and said the encounter went well.
“He spoke to the team yesterday and that was good,” Murphy said. “I think Mike wanted some closure with the players and some of the other coaches to be able to thank them and say good-bye to them, as well.”
McCarthy was fired in his 13th season with the team. In that time span, he posted a 125-77-2 record during the regular season and led the team to nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl victory.