Saints head coach Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy were two of the longest tenured coaches in the NFL. Both hired in the 2006 season, only Bill Belichick and Marvin Lewis have been with their teams longer than both of those Super Bowl winning coaches.
After McCarthy was handed a pink slip following a dismal 4-7-1 record despite having Aaron Rodgers under center, Payton was noticeably short and peeved when asked about another fellow member of the head coaching fraternity.
"Don’t get me started on that subject,” Saints coach Sean Payton said during this morning's teleconference on the Packers firing Mike McCarthy. “I hated to see how it happened." Payton considers McCarthy a close friend and “a fantastic coach.”— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 5, 2018
Payton's viewpoint is by no means extreme or isolated.
McCarthy made the playoffs nine times and won the NFC North six times in Green Bay.
McCarthy's resume should get him another job, but it's hard to argue with his firing in this context. Payton has the right to be upset about a Super Bowl winner and contemporary getting axed, but the timing seems sensible.