Former Packers defensive back Damarious Randall ripped the team’s approach and their decision to fire coach Mike McCarthy after falling to a 4-7-1 record.
“They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical,” Randall said Thursday, per cleveland.com. “The magic hasn’t been so magical lately. But other than that, I don’t know.’’
Randall, who was traded in March to the Browns in exchange for DeShone Kizer, gave credit to McCarthy for being a “great, great coach” and indicated he doesn’t think McCarthy was the reason the team has a losing record this season.
“I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for him. I just wish him the best. I don’t know why they fired him,” Randall said. “He’s definitely a good, good guy, and he’s a great coach.’’
Randall explained that the Packers may have wanted to go a different direction since Brian Gutekunst took over in January as the team’s new general manager.
“The GM that drafted me (Ted Thompson) was no longer there,’’ said Randall. “So the guy that came in (Brian Gutekunst) felt they wanted to go a different direction. I’ve got nothing but respect for him. Just tell him thank you. I don’t know what they were doing, but it is what it is.”
The Packers fired McCarthy on Sunday after the Packers fell to the Cardinals, 20-17. McCarthy went 125-77-2, won a Super Bowl and took his team to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons at the helm.