Packers Coach McCarthy Signs on through 2012

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2008


Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy signed a five-year contract extension Tuesday worth about $4 million per year.

The second-year coach led the Packers to a largely unanticipated 13-3 season with the league's youngest team. He garnered 15 votes in the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year poll, second to Bill Belichik's 29.

"We have accomplished some of our goals over the past two seasons, but there remains much left to be done," McCarthy said in a statement. "I am excited by the opportunity to meet those challenges and someday return another Lombardi Trophy home to Green Bay."

Commentary: There was certainly a chance to bring said trophy home this season, and whether they have a chance next season might hinge on Brett Favre's decision to return. Even if he doesn't, the Packers will be competitive. With such great young talent, they will be at the top of the NFC Central for years to come.

Fantasy Football Impact: Fantasy analysis is hard without knowing Favre's status. The Packers turned out to be a very balanced offense in the second half of the season. With the right tools—and don't discount Aaron Rodgers, who's had the best quarterback education available to him—McCarthy has proved he can put up big numbers.