"We all saw him as a staff, which was great", Philbin said, per ESPN.
"I was happy to see him", Matthews said.
He said allowing the former coach back in the building - which is not the norm in National Football League circles - is indicative of how the Packers do business.
With President/CEO Mark Murphy, General Manager Brian Gutekunst and interim head coach Joe Philbin all on board with the idea, the Packers' former head coach gave an emotional speech to the team on Wednesday that went well beyond Xs and Os. "If we run a simple logit regression between a QB's Yards Above Backup in a season and whether his team made the Super Bowl, we'd expect Rodgers to have made 1.86 Super Bowls in his career through 2017 - roughly twice as many as he's actually been to". I was 100 percent, fully supportive of that, and he did a fantastic job talking to the team. "His passion for the team and his love for the players was clearly evident". We met extra (Wednesday) in the quarterback room, I was in there with all those guys. I'm sure it was emotional for him and everyone in the room.
He told ESPN.com that he planned to "lay low and try to finish this professional chapter on the high road", and a source close to McCarthy said he was pondering whether to pursue a head-coaching job this offseason or take the year off and remain in Green Bay, where his family has deep roots.
Philbin said he has spoken with McCarthy multiple times since Sunday's firing. "Mark and Russ and Brian were all totally supportive, they think that was the right thing to do, as did I. Hopefully it will help". Philbin said. "This is a first-class organization all the way around". "I don't know (how) many times I've got to stand here and tell you, I don't feel like I need to convince anybody about Mike and I's relationship".
Players gave McCarthy a standing ovation in the meeting on Wednesday. We do things the right way around here.