For more than a decade, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers were the Green Bay Packers’ successful coach-QB tandem.
Even though they didn’t always get along and had an ugly end to their relationship, McCarthy will be remembering his former quarterback fondly as he heads into the matchup between the Cowboys in Green Bay and the Packers.
Reporters were told by the Dallas head coach that Rodgers is “really looking forward” and that he has “nothing except love and gratitude.”
“When I think of all the 1-on-1 conversations we used to have, especially in the younger days. It always ended with a hug and ‘I love ya,'” McCarthy said, via Yahoo’s Jori Epstein. “When I think about our relationship, I think he made me a much better coach. You’re talking about a man who is one of the premier professional athletes of his generation. I spent the weekend watching him play. He’s still playing at an extremely high level, just the fundamentals and the way he plays. He deserves all the accolades he receives.”
From 2009-16, McCarthy and Rodgers made eight consecutive playoff trips and won Super Bowl XLV. Since then, the Packers have never been back on the big stage. They lost four games in the NFC Championship Game.
Green Bay heads into this weekend’s matchup against Dallas with a record of 3-6 and a five-game losing streak. This streak is the longest in franchise history. The Cowboys are at 6-2 after a bye.