Mike McCarthy was hired on this date in 1999 as the quarterbacks coach under head coach Ray Rhodes. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

On this date in Green Bay Packers history: Mike McCarthy joins Ray Rhodes’ 1999 staff


On this date in 1999 Mike McCarthy was hired by Green Bay Packers head coach Ray Rhodes as his quarterbacks coach, coming to the Packers after having spent the previous four seasons in Kansas  City with the Chiefs.

What would turn out to be a short stint because Rhodes would last just a single season, McCarthy came into Green Bay with excitement knowing he would be working with Brett Favre. Favre’s previous position coaches had been Steve Mariucci, Marty Mornhinweg and Andy Reid, so McCarthy had some big shoes to fill.

Though Favre would throw for more than 4,000 yards and 22 yards that season, it wasn’t quite good enough to help the Packers to a winning record. Green Bay would finish 8-8 that season and Rhodes would be dismissed after the Packers suffered through its first non-winning season. That was also despite a start to the season when Favre produced a couple of his most memorable late-game comebacks with winning TDs in the final minutes against Oakland and Minnesota.

McCarthy’s stint in Green Bay in 1999 wouldn’t be his first stint. As we all know, he was hired back after Ted Thompson released Mike Sherman from his head coaching position and replaced him with McCarthy.

The rest, as they say has been history.

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