Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks to Green Bay Packers head
coach Mike McCarthy, right, before an NFL football game Sunday,
Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — Mike
McCarthy didn't want to think or talk about his accomplishments or his
potential legacy as the Green Bay Packers coach Monday.
He wanted to change
the subject to Sunday night's game against Chicago.
So shortly after the
team announced that he'd signed a multiyear contract extension,
McCarthy lasted all of six questions before he tried steering the
discussion in another direction.
"Can we talk
about the Bears now?" McCarthy said, referring to the Packers'
upcoming game Sunday night against their NFC North rivals.
But more questions
followed about McCarthy's place in one of the NFL's most-storied
It made sense
considering he's five victories behind Vince Lombardi in Packers
history. With a 93-53-1 record including the playoffs, McCarthy ranks
third in team history behind Curly Lambeau (212) and Lombardi (98).
"I'm not going
to compare myself to Coach Lombardi. Let's be real here,"
McCarthy said. "I understand my place, my opportunity and I'm
very thankful for the people that came before me."
In McCarthy's nine
seasons as coach, the Packers have made six playoff appearances, won
four division titles, appeared in two NFC championship games and won a
The Packers did not
release specifics of McCarthy's deal.
General manager Ted
Thompson signed an extension in July that reportedly runs through the
"We are very
happy to extend our relationship with Mike," Thompson said in a
statement. "Over the past nine years, he's provided great
stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our
community as an excellent coach and leader. He's a good man and we
look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach."
A Pittsburgh native,
the 50-year-old McCarthy was the Packers' quarterbacks coach in 1999
before spending five seasons as the New Orleans Saints' offensive
coordinator (2000-04) and one year as the offensive coordinator of the
San Francisco 49ers (2005) before being hired to replace Mike Sherman
as Packers coach in January 2006.
McCarthy began his
NFL coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993.
Coming off a bye, the
Packers enter their Sunday night game against the Bears at Lambeau
Field with a 5-3 record following a 1-2 start. Only the Packers and
the New England Patriots have made the postseason each of the past
The Packers have won
three straight NFC North titles under McCarthy and won at least 10
games in five of his nine seasons.
McCarthy, who had
previously signed extensions after the 2007 and 2010 seasons, said he
was happy with the new deal but admitted that the timing — even
though it occurred during the team's bye week — was slightly awkward
for him because it happened during the season.
"This is a great
place. I'm very blessed, very fortunate to have the opportunity to
coach here," McCarthy said. "This is something that the
organization wanted. I was thrilled about the opportunity to continue,
(and) all I'm really thinking about is moving forward.
"Frankly, I'm a
little uncomfortable talking about it this time of the year. This is
something we haven't done in-season in the past. We're thrilled as a
family to be here, and we're focused on the Bears."
NOTES: McCarthy said
quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who left the team's Oct. 26 loss at New
Orleans with a hamstring injury, "did everything" during the
team's modified Monday practice and "looked good." ... Right
guard T.J. Lang (ankle) did injury rehabilitation work during
practice, McCarthy said. Cornerback Sam Shields (knee) "looked
good" and did everything at practice while safety Morgan Burnett
(calf) "pretty much did everything," McCarthy said. ... The
Packers released often-injured 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod
Monday to make room on the 53-man roster for center JC Tretter, who
was activated from the injured reserve/designated for return list.
Sherrod, who broke his leg in a December 2011 game that required
emergency surgery and sidelined him for most of the next two seasons,
had been the team's No. 3 offensive tackle behind starters David
Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Sherrod played 20 games with one start —
earlier this season in place of an injured Bulaga — in four seasons.