The Green Bay Packers are one of the most iconic franchises in all of sports. They are built around consistent winning and are undoubtedly the most fan-friendly team in sports.
Mike McCarthy has fit the mold of the Packers perfectly after six seasons of being the head coach. When the job was first offered to McCarthy, it raised some eyebrows. He was relatively unknown and the fans had questions about the choice. He has quieted the doubters by posting a record of 63-33 in his first six seasons including a Super Bowl win in 2011.
Remarkably, his impressive start to his coaching career and a winning percentage of .656 is still only the fourth best in Packers history. However, his name should be mentioned with the coaches ahead of him, such as Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren. In the aspect of comparing him to the rest of the NFL coaches, has McCarthy become the best?
Currently the coach that gets the most praise is New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. He is a three-time Super Bowl winning coach and has a winning percentage of .643 and .724 percentage during his time at New England. While Belichick is a fantastic coach, he is a defensive-minded coach which his teams have struggled at the past few years. You would think a coach of his status wouldn’t have one of the worst ranked defenses which he did.
McCarthy is an offensive-minded coach and he has made his offenses better and better each year. Having Aaron Rodgers on your team obviously helps that out, but McCarthy has been there during Rodgers’ entire career. He has helped mold Rodgers into the player that he is today.
One other quality that puts McCarthy above the rest is that he is the play-caller for the Packers’ offense. He takes on an added responsibility and thrives at it. He is one of the best play-callers in the game and knows what plays to call in every situation.
He is a no-nonsense coach who has great respect from all of his players. His ability to coach young players how to play the game the right way is uncanny and has helped this young Packers team mature quickly into Super Bowl champs. His attitude towards winning was also seen during the Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers debacle when he chose to go with Rodgers and the future over one of the most revered Packers in history. While the decision came with some criticism, he stuck by his guns and the it has paid off. His confidence in his decision-making is one of the most important parts of being an NFL coach and he has it.
McCarthy has already made himself known as one of the best coaches in the league and he is just beginning. By the end of his career he will be known as a coaching legend and should have multiple Super Bowl rings. Each year his coaching has gotten better and this year should be no different.
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