Packers Morning Buzz: Browns safety Damarious Randall criticizes Mike McCarthy's firing
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While Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst search for a successor to fired coach Mike McCarthy, Joe Philbin is preparing the team to face the Atlanta Falcons at noon Sunday at Lambeau Field.
We'll start with former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall, who was traded to Cleveland in the offseason and has played well at safety with the Browns, praising his former coach Mike McCarthy in a story by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
Browns free safety Damarious Randall called out the Packers for firing Mike McCarthy, blaming their 4-7-1 record on bad personnel moves instead.
“I don’t know,’’ Randall 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.’’
Randall, 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 on the Browns’ radar for their head coaching vacancy.
“Mike McCarthy is a great, great coach,’’ said Randall, echoing the sentiments of Browns 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.’’
You can read the entire story here:
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And finally .... get your Damarious Randall T-shirt, while they last ...