According to a report, the Green Bay Packers are in contract extension talks with coach Mike McCarthy, who in eight seasons has taken the Pack to the playoffs six times.
Green Bay is 82-45-1 in the regular season since McCarthy arrived in 2006 and has a 6-5 postseason record, including a victory in Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season.
McCarthy is currently paid in a third tier of NFL coaches at roughly $6.5 million per season. The highest-paid coach in the league is New England’s Bill Belichick at around $11 million a year. The next tier includes Pete Carroll of the Seahawks at $9 million and Sean Payton of New Orleans at $8.5 million.
That next tier of coaches in the $6 million to $7 million range includes McCarthy, Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, St. Louis’ Jeff Fisher, John Harbaugh of the Ravens and Andy Reid of Kansas City.
Bob McGinn, in his story, said not everyone seems to be on board with a McCarthy extension:
One source familiar with the situation said Murphy’s decision to begin working on a new contract for McCarthy was met by some grumbling within the team’s board of directors.
In the same piece, McGinn speculates on the future of general manager Ted Thompson, reporting that it’s unclear how long Thompson wants to remain on the job. He is under contract into 2015 but was noncommittal to McGinn.
“I don’t look at it like that,” Thompson said in response to a question about whether it was important to remain on the job for the duration of his deal. “It’s important for me to try to do a good job today.”
Thompson, 61, took over the GM duties in Green Bay in 2005 after Mike Sherman was relieved of his GM duties. Thompson fired Sherman as head coach after a 4-12 season in 2005 and brought in McCarthy, then offensive coordinator in New Orleans.