GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says his job is to win world championships and recent coaching changes are decisions made in the best interest of the team.
McCarthy held a season-ending news conference Thursday, answering a flurry of questions about the personnel decisions and the team's disappointing 7-9 finish to the 2017 season.
McCarthy said the team did not play to the standard of the Green Bay Packers.
"The standard for the Green Bay Packers is to win world championships," McCarthy said.
"It's my responsibility to make sure we get better and get back to that," McCarthy said.
One of the team's first and biggest off-season moves was the firing of Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers. McCarthy said it was time to add external resources.
"The defense needs to be better than the offense. That has to happen," McCarthy said.
McCarthy confirmed that the team is interviewing external and internal candidates for the job.
Internal candidates are Winston Moss, Darren Perry, and Joe Whitt, McCarthy confirmed. The coach said there's no timeline on hiring someone for the position.
The Detroit Lions are also interested in Moss. They interviewed him for their vacant head coaching job.
McCarthy says he's also involved in the search for a new general manager. The team is moving Ted Thompson from GM to an advisory role.
During the season, McCarthy signed a contract extension through 2019. He talked about the importance of communication between the GM and the head coach.
"I love it here, I want to be here. It has to fit for me, too. I wouldn't want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don't fit together," McCarthy said.
The record shows how the Packers struggled after quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. McCarthy says it's no excuse, and responsibility lies with him to keep the team winning.
"It's not if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt and the point I'm making is it's to win a world championship, but if Aaron doesn't get hurt, that's a loser's mentality," McCarthy says. "We don't operate that way. This is my professional responsibility. It's in my job description and I have to do what I feel gives the Green Bay Packers the best opportunity to win. To win it all in 2018."
McCarthy said changes are also afoot on the offense, and he's talking with Edgar Bennett about changes in the Offensive Coordinator position.
McCarthy also confirmed news that quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt will not return as he is pursuing other opportunities.
"This is not a power hungry moment, this is about doing what's in the best interest of the Green Bay Packers," McCarthy says. "Mark Murphy and I have talked numerous times about the Packer way, and I believe in it, and the decisions that are made will be in the best interest of the Packers and I'm at peace with that."