Mike McCarthy. Raymond T. Rivard photograph
24. Hiring of Mike McCarthy
With the Packers firing Mike Sherman after the 2005 season, much drama followed as to who would replace him as the Packers next head football coach. It was believed that Packers quarterback Brett Favre was vouching for his former assistant coach Steve Mariucci to become the next head coach, but general manager went another direction.
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The Packers hired San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy to replace Sherman, a decision that has proven to be the right one.
McCarthy had been a part of the Packers organization in 1999, working directly with Favre, which resulted in them remaining in contact with each other after McCarthy left in 2000.
McCarthy currently has a 100-52-1 record since being named the Packers head coach, which includes a Super Bowl Championship in 2010. He provides a character and demeanor that is liked or respected from all Green Bay Packers fans, and is known for having a good relationship with his staff and players. He represents everything about the Green Bay Packers, from his competitiveness to his class.
Championship franchises are made from coaching decisions like this.