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?