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Why The Packers Avoided The Post-Season Personnel Rush

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Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers watches the action in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Nov. 15 in Seattle, Wash.

The Packers’ difficult season managed to get even worse over the weekend. Playing in perfect Lambeau Field weather — a cold and snowy Sunday — the Pack lost to the lowly Arizona Cardinals 20-17.  The Packers' record now sits at 4-7-1. While they are mathematically alive in the race for the post-season, only the most optimistic fans have expectations of seeing them in the playoffs.

Following the loss, the Packers dismissed longtime head coach Mike McCarthy, replacing him on an interim basis with Joe Philbin. Journalist Shaun Ranft, our sports contributor, joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich in the studio to talk about the rare coaching shake-up, why the Packers fired McCarthy before the season's end and what the replacement process might look like.