A little over a month ago Mike McCarthy led the injury-riddled Green Bay Packers into the Super Bowl to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers; in case you didn't know, the Packers won. What reward do you bestow on your head coach who brought the Lombardi Trophy back home to Green Bay for the first time since 1996?
The Packers answered that question last Friday when they announced that they had extended the contract of head coach Mike McCarthy through the 2015 season, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the National Football League.
"We are very pleased to finalize this agreement with Mike," General Manager Ted Thompson stated. "He’s a good football coach, a good leader and a good man. I look forward to working with Mike into the future."
In a time of uncertainty around the NFL as labor talks continue between the owners and players' association, McCarthy is thankful of the certainty and commitment that the Packers ownership and front office is showing him and his staff.
"I want to thank the Green Bay Packers, especially Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson, for the continued commitment and confidence they have shown in our program," McCarthy said. "We were very excited to bring the Lombardi Trophy back home this past season, and we look forward to the challenge of continuing to improve as a football team and adding to the championship legacy here. My family and I love being in Green Bay. It's always going to be my home, and we are very happy to continue to be a part of this community."
During his tenure as head coach, McCarthy has led the Packers to three playoff appearances out of the past four seasons. In addition to the Super Bowl victory this season, the Packers also appeared in the 2007 NFC Championship game.
McCarthy is currently tied for first among active NFL coaches with a 5-2 record in the playoffs, a .714 winning percentage. He joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only Green Bay coaches to win a Super Bowl.
McCarthy's new deal with Green Bay calls for an annual salary in the $5 million range, a sum that only the top coaches in the league earn. After his accomplishments last season with the Packers, this is a class that McCarthy has earned to share ranks with.