Browns safety Damarious Randall praises Mike McCarthy as a coach

Randall says Packers trading away their good players, not McCarthy, to blame for season

Daryl Ruiter
December 06, 2018 - 4:55 pm

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Damarious Randall became the second former Green Bay Packer this week to say that he would be willing to welcome Mike McCarthy to Cleveland as the next head coach of the Browns.

“Mike McCarthy is a great, great coach,” Randall said Thursday. “I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for him. I just wish him the best. I don’t know why they fired him. He is definitely a good, good guy, and he’s a great coach.”

McCarthy, who led the Packers to nine playoff appearances, four conference title games and a Super Bowl victory, was fired Sunday night.

Randall would not object to playing for McCarthy again.

“I would look forward to him being here,” Randall said.

Earlier this week center J.C. Tretter, who played four seasons in Green Bay before signing as a free agent in 2017, praised McCarthy and endorsed him as a candidate to replace Hue Jackson, who was fired on Oct 29.

Green Bay has struggled this season and is 4-7-1. Randall blamed the front office, and not McCarthy, for the Packers’ downfall in 2018.

“I don’t know,” Randall said. “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical. The magic hasn't been so magical lately. But other than that, I don’t know.”

Randall was one of those players traded away – in March to the Browns. He didn’t have an answer as to why Green Bay shipped him out.

“I don't know. I mean, the GM that drafted me was no longer there,” Randall said. “So the guy that came in felt they wanted to go a different direction. I've got nothing but respect for him. Just tell him thank you. I don't know what they were doing, but it is what it is.”

Randall has no qualms about the trade because he has thrived with a change of scenery this season – and position too, despite dealing with a variety of injuries including a bruised heel as well as hamstring and groin injuries.

The Browns moved Randall back to safety after the Packers tried to convert him to a corner. He’s picked off three passes, broken up eight others, recovered a fumble and totaled a career-high 64 tackles in just 11 games.

“It was more of the position change of me actually being back, playing my natural position,” Randall said. “That was probably more of the problem at Green Bay. Just the position."