Joe Philbin Explains Winston Moss Firing
It was surprising that the Green Bay Packers suddenly fired associate head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss on Tuesday. Interim head coach Joe Philbin supposedly made the decision.
There has been plenty of speculation that the firing stemmed from a tweet Moss sent seemingly questioning the organization. Philbin says that is not the case.
“It’s never about one thing,” Philbin said. “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. . . .
“I think it’s important obviously that everybody’s on the same page, that we’re all moving forward in the same direction. As you know, Winston’s an excellent football coach. I’ve known him a long time. Respect him; outstanding family man. So it wasn’t an easy decision, but I just didn’t feel like the fit right now was where it needs to be.”
This was the tweet in question.
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
Personally, I think this is about much more than that tweet. Moss has long wanted to be a head coach. He’s had several opportunities to interview. He’s never gotten a job. Moss was obviously passed over for the interim job in favor of Philbin. It’s entirely possible Moss thought he wasn’t going to get a shot to replace Mike McCarthy following the season.
What we do know is the Packers are one dysfunctional mess at this point.