Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCarthy: Is his expiration date approaching?

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy – how many more years will he be around? Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph


Once upon a time in the NFL a coach seemed to have a job for life.  Don Shula was in charge in Miami for 26 years, Bill Cowher for 15 years in Pittsburgh, and Mike Shanahan was the Broncos head coach in Denver for 14 years.

The Green Bay Packers own Vince Lombardi coached there from 1959-67, which could be considered long by today’s standards. Before Lombardi came in and changed Packers football forever, Curly Lambeau was the coach for about 30 years which would equal the years of the past seven coaches of the Packers combined.

It’s obvious that a head coach’s shelf-life has greatly diminished among the mediocre coaches. The coaches who have the most years with the same team in today’s league include Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis, Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin, and our own Mike McCarthy.

Mike McCarthy has been to the playoffs six times with the Green Bay Packers and has a 6-5 record to show. He coached the Packers to a Super Bowl win in 2010 and with a victory over the Washington Redskins in week 2 of the 2013 season, McCarthy passed Mike Holmgren for third on the Packers’ all-time wins list, behind only Hall of Famers Lambeau and Lombardi.

In the past three seasons, McCarthy has gotten the Packers to the playoffs only to make an early exit at the hands of the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers twice. He’s been able to do a lot considering an inconsistent defense – but has McCarthy hit a wall?

It’s interesting to think about.  Has Aaron Rodgers made McCarthy look too good? It doesn’t feel like he’s been the head coach for too long but he actually has been. Is Mike McCarthy the Green Bay Packers very own Belichick?

No doubt he’s a great guy, has class, and has produced good numbers but can he help put the Packers back on top again?

I’m throwing the red flag for further review.

How do you see it?

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  • PackFan86

    The guy just won a Super Bowl 3 yrs ago, are you kidding me? And the 3 yrs since we’ve won the division & had a 15-2 record the yr after our Super Bowl when teams are supposed to be “the hunted” by the rest of the league. Injuries have hurt us for the last 3 seasons & he’s still found away. Maybe I value McCarthy too much & no offense but this was a dumb question to begin with. And yes Rodgers has made him look like a better coach just like Peyton has made John Fox record look pretty good, you can make that arguement about any coach with a superstar QB, even the great Bill Belicheck, how many rings does he have without Tom Brady again? Oh yeah 0….

    • Tom

      I’m in no way saying he should or should not be fired. We won the division with a really bad record and winning the division is completely different than getting your team to finish in the playoffs. Heck, we better win the division thinking about the teams in it. The point of the article is that a coaches shelf life is a lot shorter now. I am just simply asking some relevant questions.

      • PackFan86

        I get what you were trying to ask, but I feel we have a top 5 coach in the league & the reason coaching jobs are like musical chairs is because there isn’t too many great ones out there. This question to me has relevance when we having a couple losing seasons straight or he loses the locker room. Until then I don’t see his time “running out” as long as we continue to get to the playoffs, it’s not many coaches that could have won as much as McCarthy even with Favre & Rodgers as your QB’s

  • lax pack

    Ridiculous. No, it is not interesting to think about.

  • billy

    what makes a good coach?? Good players…go get him some Ted…

  • RyansDad

    Dumb! Simply dumb! There’s not A coach anywhere that I would take over McCarthy.

  • NJPackFan

    Rodgers and McCarthy are attached at the hip. I don’t see another coach coming in during Rodgers’ tenure.