GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY)- Mike McCarthy has answered to just one boss in his head coaching career. "He's a very neat, unique man. It's been a pleasure to work for him," McCarthy said Thursday of former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson. But he has little fear about answering to a new boss in 2018. “I'm very comfortable where I am in my career.”
A contract extension through the 2019 season should make McCarthy more comfortable. But that could change if team president Mark Murphy elects to hire someone from outside of the organization.
“I have the best job in pro football, and no disrespect to the other 31 clubs. I love it here, I want to be here, but it has to fit for me, too,” McCarthy said. “I've done this job long enough, I wouldn't want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don't fit together. because you're on a path for, in the short term and long term, it's going to be a lot (more) difficult to get to where you're going to go.”
McCarthy spoke numerous times about fit on Thursday during his season-ending news conference. And it seems logical that he would fit better with the in-house candidates for GM that began their interviews today.
The head coach has worked with Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst for his entire tenure in Green Bay, dating back to his time as an assistant in 1999. Russ Ball joined the organization in 2008, but has known McCarthy since their time together in Kansas City in the mid-90’s. But again, fit trumps familiarity.
“The most important thing is the communication and the connection between the GM and the head coach, it's about working together,” said McCarthy. “I think everybody in our business has an ego. If you don't, you get squashed. But the maintenance of your ego is critical. So this is not a power hungry moment. This about doing what's in the best interests of the Green Bay Packers. Mark Murphy and I have talked numerous times about the Packer Way and I believe in it and the decisions that are made will be in the best interests of the Packers and I'm at peace with that.”