A collection of ex-scouts has ranked the coaches in the NFL 1-32, with Green Bay’s own Mike McCarthy in the middle of the pack at No. 16. What the report had to say about McCarthy:
“He has the necessary belief in his team to make bold changes and make them pay off. Last year, he dumped Brett Favre for Aaron Rodgers. This season, he moves his defense to a 3-4 scheme. He always is looking for ways to make the team better.”
If the Packers had not finished 6-10 last year, McCarthy would be a top 10 coach. The team would also not be switching to a 3-4 defense, but that is a moot point. Fact is, McCarthy is a much better coach than the 6-10 record and the 16th ranking indicate. He gets the best out of his players in games and he handled the Favre saga extremely well for a young head coach. Granted, the Packers did struggle last year which is the main reason for his low ranking, but he is much better than that ranking indicates.
The only NFC North coach ranked above McCarthy was the Minnesota Vikings Brad Childress at No. 11:
“The team has gotten better every year under his watch, and last season he got the Vikings to the playoffs without a viable quarterback.”