It’s a given in the world of the NFL that when a head coach has success at the helm of a particular franchise, he gets rewarded with a contract extension, resulting in a substantial increase in yearly salary. There could be, however, many more layers to a story involving a coach not earning the denotation of his worth and value in the open market of the NFL.
There were some rumblings, whether they were legitimate or not remains to be seen, about the San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh not seeing eye to eye on numerous occasions surrounding football-related decisions. This slightly warrants skepticism about the Niners extending the former Stanford head coach’s contract when it expires after this season.
Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles broke off a semi-successful marriage after the 2012 season, but that was mainly due to the fact that a divorce was growing more and more imminent after frustrating seasons in Philly. And now we have the possibility of some controversy on the horizon surrounding the contract extension of Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
According to Milwaukee State Journal’s Bob McGinn, President Mark Murphy has begun to work with McCarthy on a contract extension for the former San Francisco offensive coordinator. His 2011 five-year contract is set to expire at the end of the 2015 season. However, as McGinn further reports, Murphy’s ploy was met with some resistance within the team’s board of directors.
What the nitty gritty of the situation comes down to is the fact that the prospect of landing in Green Bay as a general manager would be slightly undesirable because they couldn’t have free reign to hire their own head coach. Instead, they would either have to terminate the incumbent’s contract earlier than desired or have him serve as a ‘lame duck’ coach. Of course, this will only be the case if and when current GM Ted Thompson decides to walk away from the game.
But whatever potential roadblock this might be for the future of the Packers, it shouldn’t get in the way of rewarding McCarthy for his coaching efforts. He has captured a Super Bowl title for the organization as well as vaulted himself to the third-winningest coach in franchise history. This doesn’t mean he needs to be the highest-paid coach in the league, but he has proven he’s the man for the job.
Could this be a possible fiasco to come if that resistance isn’t subdued within the board of directors? Absolutely, but the easy solution is give McCarthy a short-term extension to avoid any sort of unwarranted noise and to simply give the head coach justice since he’s taken over at the helm. On the flip side, the organization could be more worried about the long-term future, in which this situation could go in a totally different direction.