If you’re not a fan of Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, of which we know there are many of you, then you’ll be disappointed in hearing this. McCarthy has no thoughts of retiring or leaving anytime soon.
In fact, he says he’d love to coach at least until his youngest child has graduated high school. She’s in kindergarten.
“I really don’t think about those things,” he says. “I have to answer the questions, but I’m like every other coach in this league. I love coaching, but I have a family, and my family’s first. My youngest, my baby is in kindergarten, so in my mind, I’ve got 12 more years. Hell, I’d love to coach here for another 12 years. We’ll see how it goes, but that’s the way coaches think.”
Mind you, McCarthy is entering his 12th season as coach of the Packers, so if that scenario plays out, it would make him coach of the Packers for a total of 24 years.
Now, if we’ve seen anything recently from management about shelf life, it’s that the guys upstairs don’t have any. President Mark Murphy has said he’ll let Ted Thompson be general manager as long as he wants to.
This, despite some obvious slippage in mental acuity, and the fact that Thompson is already 64.
Unlike Thompson, McCarthy’s future isn’t tied to Murphy. It’s tied to Thompson. In all likelihood, the only way McCarthy is going anywhere is if the team has a couple losing seasons or, when Thompson does leave, his replacement comes from outside the organization.
Most GMs like to work with their own hand-selected coach. If someone inside the organization — Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst, etc. — is the next GM, McCarthy probably doesn’t have much to worry about.
Those scenarios won’t be playing out this year, however.
And much like he once informed all of us that he’s a highly-successful football coach, McCarthy now tells us he’s entering his prime.
“I’m young for this league, I feel like I’m just going into the prime of my career as a football coach,” McCarthy said, with conviction in his voice. “I think it’s obvious that I’d like to be here for as long as I coach. What we’ve established here, it’s a great place. It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place to coach. Best fans in the world. So I won’t be rushing out.”
Mike McCarthy will never have anything but love for Mike McCarthy.