GREEN BAY–Mike McCarthy welcomed a contract extension on Monday that’ll further entrench his place in Packers lore.
“I’m very thankful for the extension. This is where we want to be. This is the greatest organization in professional sports, in our view,” McCarthy said at his press conference on Monday.
On the verge of tying Vince Lombardi for coaching wins as Packers coach, McCarthy was asked how much longer he might want to coach.
“I’m a young guy. I’m not thinking about the end, that’s for sure. This is a great place. I’m very blessed, fortunate to have the opportunity to coach here. That’s all I’m really thinking about. In fact, I’m a little uncomfortable talking about it at this time of the year,” McCarthy said, his team beginning its preparation for Sunday’s game against the rival Chicago Bears.
How is McCarthy different from the rookie coach he was in 2006?
“I’m older. I’m definitely more experienced. You have a lot more to learn than you want to admit. I go back to the first year, 1-4 and 4-8; those are tough moments for a first-year coach. I look at some of the tough times here and I think that’s when Ted (Thompson) is at his best,'” McCarthy said. Thompson hired McCarthy and the two have made for one of the best GM/coach relationships in the game.
“You go back to the starting point. There’s a vision, there’s a plan, there’s a work ethic. What’s the best attribute of Ted Thompson? I would say it’s his consistency. We look at football in a lot of the same ways. I think it’s a hell of a relationship,” McCarthy added.
On the injury front, McCarthy offered encouraging words.
“T.J. (Lang) was in a rehab mode today. Aaron (Rodgers) did everything. Sam (Shields) looked good. Morgan (Burnett) pretty much did everything,” McCarthy said.
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