Mike McCarthy is not going anywhere – at least as long as the Green Bay Packers will have him, which they showed today is for the foreseeable future.
In his afternoon press conference, Coach McCarthy acknowledged the unusual move (especially for the Packers) of extending a head coaches’ contract in mid-season. No terms have been yet released.
McCarthys’s current contract ran through the end of the 2015 season, and one can likely assume the extension was for three years, which would sync his contract with that of GM Ted Thompson. Thompson received an extension through the 2018 season back in July.
In his press conference, McCarthy stated, “This is a great place. I’m very blessed, very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach here. This is something that the organization wanted. I was thrilled about the opportunity to continue, so that’s all I’m really thinking about is moving forward.”
When asked about how long he might want to coach, McCarthy chuckled and replied, “I’m a young guy. I’m not thinking about the end, that’s for sure. This is a great place. I’m very blessed, fortunate to have the opportunity to coach here. That’s all I’m really thinking about. In fact, I’m a little uncomfortable talking about it at this time of the year.”
From a personal standpoint, while I sometimes question whether McCarthy has had his team properly ready for “big games,” and often scratch my head at some of his play calling, I do recognize that good NFL head coaches do not grow on trees. McCarthy has the personality and integrity the Packers organization covets and the demeanor and leadership skills that earns the respect of his players.
McCarthy’s team has made the playoffs five years in a row. Only future Hall-of-Fame coach Bill Belichick can make the same claim.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.