Interim Packers coach Joe Philbin: Winston Moss let go for more than tweet
The Green Bay Packers cut loose outside linebackers coach and associate head coach Winston Moss on Tuesday, the same day he issued a tweet in which he questioned team leadership and appeared to call out Aaron Rodgers.
The timing led to the reasonable assumption that the Packers fired Moss for the tweet. That’s not the case, according to Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin.
“It’s never about one thing,” Philbin said Wednesday, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Again, I think it’s important, as I said to the team, we’ve got to be professional, accountable, respectful and punctual. Those are the four things that we’ve got to do the next four weeks. And if we do all those things, we’ll be in good shape. It wasn’t about — again, you’re talking to a guy who’s never tweeted in his life, doesn’t even know what Twitter is — so again, it’s not about a tweet or anything like that. I just think the fit right now isn’t where it needs to be.”
The tweet from Moss that led to the controversy of course came in the wake of the Packers letting go longtime head coach Mike McCarthy after Sunday’s home loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With rumors swirling that McCarthy’s firing had something to do with a deteriorating relationship with Rodgers, the mention of the Packers quarterback certainly made for interesting fodder.
Ponder this… what Championship teams have are great leadership! Period! It’s not the offensive guru trend, it’s not the safe trend. Find somebody that is going to hold #12 and everybody in this building to a #LombardiStandard! Period! #losingsucks!
— Winston Moss (@Insanecane99) December 4, 2018
Interestingly, Moss returned to Twitter Tuesday afternoon and appeared to sarcastically blame social media for his ouster by adding the hashtag #thankstwitter.
The Packers have informed me that there letting me go. #thankstwitter!
— Winston Moss (@Insanecane99) December 5, 2018
“Again, I’m not going to really comment on the tweet,” Philbin said when asked again about Moss’ firing. “The decision was made. … We’re moving forward.”
Moss’ dismissal reportedly was Philbin’s decision alone, although president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst are said to have signed off on it.
The Packers will continue to deal with the fallout of McCarthy’s firing with Philbin leading the way on an interim basis. While their appears to be at least one front-runner to replace McCarthy in Green Bay, Murphy and Gutekunst have indicated Philbin is “legitimate candidate” to replace McCarthy permanently.