Mike McCarthy returns to old stomping grounds as Cowboys visit Packers

Mike McCarthy will be back on the sideline of familiar Lambeau Field when he guides the Dallas Cowboys against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.It marks the first time that McCarthy will coach the Cowboys against the Packers, a team he guided to four NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl title during a tenure from 2006-18.The pain from being fired has dissipated and McCarthy is looking forward to viewing the scene in Green Bay.”I was there 13 years. That’s a long time. That’s a loooong time,” McCarthy said. “So you don’t ever stay the same in this game, especially as a head coach, as a successful team. You’re either getting better or going the other way. I really don’t have any issue with the change.”McCarthy’s 125 regular-season victories rank second in Packers history behind Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau (209), and McCarthy won six NFC North titles, including four straight from 2011-14.But Green Bay missed the playoffs in 2017 and was struggling again the following season when McCarthy was dismissed with four games remaining.”The exit, it left a dent, just to be honest, with our family,” McCarthy said. “But it’s been four years. We’re so much better because of it.”While the Cowboys (6-2) are coming off a bye and thriving this season, the Packers (3-6) are reeling with five consecutive losses.The worst setback came last week when Green Bay fell 15-9 to the Detroit Lions. It marked the third time this season that the Packers scored 10 or fewer points.Long-time star Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions against the Lions and hasn’t passed for 300 yards in a game all season.The four-time MVP has passed for 2,091 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. But he surely didn’t expect to go at least six weeks between victories when he chose to return for the 2022 season.”When I decided to come back, it was all in and I don’t make decisions on hindsight 20/20, you know, have regrets about big decisions like that,” Rodgers said.Rodgers doesn’t have the smoothest relationship with the Packers organization and also experienced friction with McCarthy during the latter stages of their partnership.McCarthy is only interested in rehashing the good times.