For some reason, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy wants to give coach Mike McCarthy a new contract.
We say for some reason because there’s no reason Murphy has to do so, other than to spend some money. Kind of like sending me cease and desist letters — totally unnecessary. Nonetheless, Bob McGinn says Murphy has already been discussing a new deal with McCarthy.
McCarthy’s current deal runs through the end of the 2015 season. It’s worth $6.5 million per year.
In addition to being one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL, McCarthy isn’t even entering a lame duck season. So why worry about an extension right now?
Again, doesn’t make any sense.
Perhaps it’s because of McCarthy’s whole “halftime” comment. Earlier this offseason, The Buffoon made the comment that he felt like he was at halftime of his coaching career. In other words, he wants to coach your football team for another eight years.
Better run out and make sure that happens!
Seriously, there’s no indication how serious these talks are or whether anything is imminent.
It’s also important to note that Ted Thompson’s contract runs through the 2016 draft. There’s also no indication whether he will be asked to or will want to stick around longer than that.
That makes a McCarthy extension now even more non-sensical.
Having a veteran coach in place when hiring a new GM, if it comes down to that, isn’t exactly an ideal scenario. The Packers last two general managers (which were also their first two general managers that weren’t also the team’s coach), canned the head coach they inherited.
Ron Wolf fired Lindy Infante and hired Mike Holmgren. Ted Thompson fired Mike Sherman and hired McCarthy. And that’s normally the situation around the league, not the exception to the rule.
Frankly, I don’t care if the Packers extend McCarthy, but they should at least wait until next summer when there’s a clearer picture of where the organization is going.