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Mike McCarthy (American football)

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Title  Head coach
Name  Mike McCarthy
Parents  Joe, Ellen
Postseason  7–6 (.538)
Team  Green Bay Packers
Regular season  101–53–1 (.655)
Spouse  Jessica Kress (m. 2008)
Awards  See below
Role  American Football coach

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Date of birth  (1963-11-10) November 10, 1963 (age 52)
Place of birth  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Siblings  Joseph McCarthy, Colleen McCarthy
Children  Isabella Conroy, Alexandra, Gabrielle Kathleen
Similar People  Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Ted Thompson, Randall Cobb

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Michael John McCarthy (born November 10, 1963) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He led the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XLV against his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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Early life and playing career

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McCarthy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was a firefighter and Pittsburgh Police officer as well as a bar owner, who raised McCarthy as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. McCarthy was a tight end at Baker University, a NAIA school located in Baldwin City, Kansas.


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After serving as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State from 1987 to 1988, McCarthy returned home to Pittsburgh and was hired in 1989 to work under Mike Gottfried and then later Paul Hackett at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as graduate assistant for three seasons before coaching wide receivers during the 1992 season. At first and during the off season he also worked on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to supplement his income.

Assistant coach

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In 1993, McCarthy began a stint with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs; after working two years as an offensive quality control assistant, McCarthy became quarterbacks coach, overseeing the work of Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac, and Steve Bono. McCarthy spent the 1999 season in the same position with the Packers, coaching Brett Favre in a season when Favre threw for 4,091 yards, the fourth-best total of his career.

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After the Packers released the entire coaching staff following the 1999 season, McCarthy became the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. He would remain in that position for five seasons and was selected as NFC Assistant Coach of the Year by USA Today in 2000. He would largely be the reason behind the successful development of talents such as quarterback Aaron Brooks, running back Deuce McAllister, and wide receiver Joe Horn. New Orleans would finish 10th, 13th, 3rd in 2002, 14th, and 14th in points scored during his tenure as offensive coordinator. In his first two years, running back Ricky Williams would run for 2,245 yards with 14 touchdowns under McCarthy's guidance before being traded to the Miami Dolphins.

In 2005, McCarthy served as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. His unit, beset by injuries and led by a rookie quarterback (top draft pick Alex Smith), finished the season ranked 30th in the NFL in points scored and dead last in yards gained. Despite this, running back Frank Gore would emerge to run for over 600 yards with a 4.8 YPC and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had 733 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.

Return to Green Bay

McCarthy was interviewed by Packers general manager Ted Thompson on January 8, 2006 and was offered the head coaching position three days later.

In 2006, the Packers started with a 4–8 record, but managed to win their last four games to finish the season 8–8, ending with a win against their archrival Chicago Bears, but missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

McCarthy guided the Packers to an 8–1 record in the first 9 games of the 2007 season. McCarthy recorded the best win-loss ratio to start the first 25 games of a career among active coaches, setting the record for the best coaching start in Packers' history (Vince Lombardi went 15–10) and tying Washington's Joe Gibbs at 16–9. McCarthy led the Packers to a 13–3 record and made it to the NFC Championship game, where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl-winning New York Giants in overtime. That year, he finished second in voting for The Associated Press Coach of the Year award, garnering 15 votes to Bill Belichick's 29 votes. He signed a five-year contract extension with the team on January 19, 2008, that raised his salary to $3.4 million a year.

In 2008, McCarthy became embroiled in a major controversy involving the future of their franchise quarterback, Brett Favre. The controversy started when Favre, after having announced his retirement, changed his mind, deciding to play again. Favre had assumed that he would be given the starting quarterback job again. McCarthy and Packers' general manager Ted Thompson had stated their desire to move forward with new starter Aaron Rodgers. Favre was offered the opportunity to be the back up to Rodgers, an offer which Favre refused. Favre was ultimately traded to the New York Jets for a conditional fourth-round draft pick.

The 2008 season was McCarthy's worst to date with the Packers. Despite a solid showing by Rodgers, who threw for over 4,000 yards and posted a 93.8 passer rating, the Packers started with a 5–5 record, proceeding to lose five consecutive close games until they ended the disappointing season with a 31–21 victory over the Detroit Lions. (The Lions are only the second team in the NFL's post-merger (the NFL and original AFL merged prior to the 1970 season) history to go winless in a single season, and the first to go 0–16 in one season after the NFL's transition to a 16-game schedule in 1978.) At 6–10, the Packers finished 3rd in the NFC North, only ahead of the Lions, and did not make the playoffs.

In 2009, the Packers showed some signs of improvement, but also had struggles. Rodgers improved on 2008's statistics, but was sacked 50 times, more than any other quarterback in the NFL. The Packers dominated teams with losing records, but were swept by their rival Minnesota Vikings, led by former Packers franchise quarterback Brett Favre. The Packers lost to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but then came back to beat the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys. They then began a five-game winning streak, and the Packers qualified for the playoffs with a Week 17 win over the Cardinals, finishing at 11–5, the second playoff berth in McCarthy's tenure. The Packers lost the Wild Card round to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, 51–45, .

In 2010, McCarthy led the Packers to a 10–6 finish, never losing by more than four points and never trailing by more than 7 throughout the entire season. This record was good for 2nd in the NFC North, behind the arch-rival Chicago Bears, with whom they split victories in the regular season. They finished as the sixth seed in the NFC. The Packers went on to defeat the number three-seeded Philadelphia Eagles and then the number one-seeded Atlanta Falcons. In the NFC Championship game they played the second-seeded Chicago Bears for the third time that season. They won 21–14 and advanced to Super Bowl XLV where they played the Pittsburgh Steelers. Super Bowl XLV was the first time these two storied franchises played each other in the postseason. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL title overall.

With a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 16 of the 2014 season, McCarthy notched his 99th win passing Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi (98) for second on the Packers' all-time wins list, behind only Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau (212).

In November 2014, McCarthy signed a contract extension through 2018.

In February 2015, McCarthy relinquished play calling duties to long-time assistant Tom Clements. Clements was promoted to associate head coach, offense, while wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett was promoted to offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt will also act as wide receivers coach. In week 14, though, coach McCarthy once again assumed control over the offensive play calling, at least duration of the game in which the Packers won over the Dallas Cowboys 28-7.

In March 2015, at the annual owners meetings, Bill Belichick stated that McCarthy is "one of the best coaches in the league."

Coaching record vs. other teams

How the Packers have fared in games with McCarthy as head coach.

Coaching tree

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NFL head coaches under whom Mike McCarthy has served:

  • Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City Chiefs (1993–1998)
  • Ray Rhodes, Green Bay Packers (1999)
  • Jim Haslett, New Orleans Saints (2000–2004)
  • Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers (2005)
  • Assistant coaches under Mike McCarthy who became NFL head coaches:

  • Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins (2012 – 2015)
  • Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (2016 – current)
  • Assistant coaches under Mike McCarthy who became NCAA head coaches:

  • Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College (2007–2008)
  • Awards

    In 2007, McCarthy was voted the Motorola NFL Coach of the Year after twice receiving Coach of the Week awards. He was also named the NFL Alumni's Coach of the Year by a group of former players.

    In 2008, McCarthy received the distinguished service award at the Lee Remmel sports awards banquet in Green Bay.


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