Now it's time (McCarthy) gets the credit he deserves for being a damn good football coach. We talk about the Packers and it almost always comes back to Aaron Rodgers. And while this is indeed a quarterback league first and a coaching league second, it's time to give McCarthy his due.
Counting the postseason, he has won 12 consecutive games. That ties a Packers record for a coach with the guy they named that big silver trophy that champions get after -- yes, Vince Lombardi.
Green Bay fans revere their coaches. From Lambeau to Lombardi to Holmgren, they are put up there with snow blowers in terms of Wisconsin love. They name streets after them. McCarthy is getting there in terms of fan devotion.
McCarthy had to deal with the Brett Favre situation early in his Green Bay career and did a nice job making his way through that minefield without much collateral damage.
With Rodgers, he is now assured of being in Green Bay for many years to come. It's a coach-quarterback league, which means they are linked. Yet it seems that whenever anybody talks about the Packers, they focus only on the quarterback and not on McCarthy.
He's 6-0. He has a ring.
Not bad for a guy most of Wisconsin didn't even want (don't lie now and say you did either).
While I will admit to being surprised at the McCarthy hire at the time, I'm proud of the fact that I've been in his corner pretty much since the beginning.
Oh sure there are some game day decisions I will question in the heat of the moment and I'm as likely as the next fan to pull my hair out when he's butchering the clock at the end of the first half (love ya Mike - but it's the truth) - but I've been defending McCarthy from fans and media alike for years now.
Mike McCarthy is proving to be the absolute perfect coach for the Packers. He works in perfect concert with general manager Ted Thompson, almost always has his finger squarely on the pulse of his team and he's made his quarterback, the most important player on the team, into an extension of himself out on the field.
The only question that seems to remain is his legacy - how good can he and, by extension, his team be? Will he end up producing a couple of championships to leave behind in Titletown? Or will he be, to quote the inimitable Ron Wolf, another "fart in the wind" - a coach who won a title, maybe came close to another one, and then fell back to the middle of the pack with the rest of his coaching brethren.
I tend to think McCarthy is much closer to the former than the latter. In fact, I can't think of another head coach in the NFL I'd rather have in Green Bay - and yes, I include Bill Belichick in that assessment.
All in all - it's just nice to see a guy who has busted his butt in near anonymity for most of his professional life start to get the attention he deserves. In a league where coaches are attacking each other post-game (remember how McCarthy handled being snubbed by Childress? That's called class) it's good to see the good guy getting his due.
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