Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Mike McCarthy: A Green Bay Packers legend?

Mike McCarthy is entering the final year of his current contract as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

If you participate in social media at all, the vibe from the fans is one that McCarthy has not yet reached a status of a “Packers Legend.”

Vince Lombardi will always be remembered as the greatest coach to possibly ever coach the game of football – and rightfully so. Mike Holmgren only coached 126 total games in Green Bay and is considered a legend by the majority, if not all of the fan base. Heck, he’s even in the Packers Hall of Fame.

Mike McCarthy has coached the Packers for a total of 140 games thus far and accumulated a winning percentage of .637. That is fourth best in Packers history behind only Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren and Curly Lambeau.

So the question at hand is to why do so many not consider McCarthy a legend in Titletown even though he brought just that back to Green Bay – a title.


Packers President Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson have helped guide the Packers to one Super Bowl and domination of the NFC North Division. Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

One of the key factors is that Ted Thompson has been given the majority of the credit for building a Super Bowl roster. Thompson is a great scout when it comes to talent and has struck gold in the draft several times, especially in the later rounds.

Ron Wolf was also able to build a Super Bowl roster during the Holmgren era not only through the draft but also through free agency. Wolf brought in the greatest free agent signing of all-time in Reggie White. However, it seems as though Coach Holmgren is given a great portion of the credit for the Super Bowl 31 title.

McCarthy entered Green Bay as a back of the pack candidate. He was the offensive coordinator of the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL with the 49ers the year before he was hired by the Packers. McCarthy did have ties to Green Bay dating back to 1999 when he was the QB coach. Favre threw for more than 4,000 yards before the entire staff was relieved of their duties.

If you dive into McCarthy’s time in Green Bay you will see why he has had both success and some disappointing seasons along the way.

During his tenure with the Packers the offense has finished in the top five for points scored five out of eight seasons. While doing this the Packers have also accomplished it with six different leading rushers for the season.

The main contributor to the unsuccessful seasons for McCarthy was on the defensive side of the ball. Green Bay has finished in double digits for points given up five out of eight seasons.

One of McCarthy’s strong attributes is accomplishing goal number one of winning the NFC North every year. The McCarthy-led Packers have won the North  fourt times under his helm while accumulating records of 9-5 against the Bears, 13-2 versus the Lions and 10-4 over the Vikings.

Mike McCarthy is a Super Bowl-winning coach, making nearly half of what an experimental coach in Philadelphia is making by the way of Chip Kelly.

McCarthy has been quoted as saying he would like to remain in Green Bay for a long time and he hopes this is just the halftime of his career.

I believe McCarthy is already a legend in Green Bay and if he does remain for another eight seasons I have no doubt he will only further add to that status and bring another title or two back to Titletown.

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  • K.L.

    No. Nobody seems to realize that Aaron Rodgers is carrying this franchise. McCarthy is average at best.

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    • Brandon J Haas

      Well, if you look at the Stats from the Lions and Packers games. Packers are 13-2. Those two loses both were when Aaron Rodgers was not playing. It takes a good Coach/QB combo to be considered great just like the Patriots.

  • Peter Maiz

    2014 will depend if we make MM a legend.

    • Josh McPeak

      2014 is definitely a pivotal year for the staff. The defensive side of the ball will ultimately decide the fate as long as health does not become an issue again.

  • tbenton62

    For the Packers to do what they have done with the amount of injuries they have had, it is because of great coaching, that players can fill in well when a player falls. The failure we had last year when Rodgers fell, that is not on McCarthy, the is on TT, he should have had more then Two QB’s behind Rodgers, and the ones he did have were rather terrible until they went out and brought back Flynn.

    • JaKa

      10-4 on the team not carrying more than two quarterbacks. Every team has to draw the line somewhere, and risking a season in not having adequate depth can come back to bite you, as we have seen. Even with the rookie and Flynn behind Rodgers, if Flynn goes down, the rookie will need two years in training to handle things on the same level. So to add a 3rd spot to the roster won’t be as solid as it looks until the experience is there behind the roster spot..

  • John

    McCarthy’s game calling is not always the best. He has called some pretty crappy games where his play calling makes some scratch their heads.He has a real problem beating the Giants even when the Giants suck. They have some really good coaches under McCarthy and that is their strength.

    • shavager

      I’m with you John–TWO games that stand out about McCarthy’s ability–the game against Patriots when Rodgers had a concussion and Flynn made his first start. Flynn fought the whole game to keep Packers within a win, got’em down to Patriots goal line and just a play or two before during a time-out, McCarthy could clearly be seen telling Flynn “WATCH ME”. When it came to the last play of game for Packers with clock running out, McCarthy FAILED to get a play in despite Flynn looking to McCarthy on sideline, Packers LOST because McCarthy was NOT ready with a play after specifically telling his QB to look to him. In the Lions game last year, Packers came in Turkey Day game after Flynn was inserted in the Vikings game the week before with Packers 16 points DOWN and using the no huddle, he brought’em from 16 down to LEAD in OT before the defense gave up the TIE. When they lined up to play the Lions, the Lions defense tee’d off on Pack’s O-line, eating them and Flynn up. McCarthy NEVER even went to no huddle–he allowed Lions’ D to freely substitute fresh players and never gave his offense any help to slow the pressure. Instead of wearing them down with no huddle and run game, Lions D ate up Packers as bad as the Thanksgiving Day Massacre Lombardi’s team suffered in the 1962 season–at least that Lions team had a quality team that finished SECOND only to Lombardi’s previously undefeated team in that game. Even with Flynn playing, Packers should’ve kept that game close enough to win but got blown away because of a bad game called by McCarthy.

  • bandaidcuts

    he is on the way. needs a few more super bowl wins, though.

  • WonderBoy2

    He is no Lombardi.

  • Jeff

    MM need’s to be a little more aggressive with his play calling he seem’s to slack off when it come’s to crunch time we have lost to many game’s by less than a TD because he get’s conservative with his play calling IMO.