After the Green Bay Packers extended GM Ted Thompson's contract this summer, speculation began that a new deal was on the horizon for Mike McCarthy. The team announced today that a new pact with its head coach has indeed come to fruition.
During his first eight years in Green Bay, McCarthy coached the Packers to six playoff appearances including five straight dating back to 2009, the longest active streak in the NFC. His list of accomplishments also includes two trips to the conference championship game and a Super Bowl victory. Accordingly, once Thompson signed on for several more years, locking up McCarthy for the foreseeable future became a top priority.
"We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike," Thompson said in the team statement. "Over the past nine years, he's provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He's a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach."
The Packers' success under McCarthy continues into this season. At 5-3, they remain in contention for a playoff berth, the NFC North crown, and perhaps even a bye in the postseason. Later this season, it is very likely McCarthy ties the legendary Vince Lombardi for second-most wins as a head coach in Packers history.