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Mike McCarthy is the head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.
McCarthy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and played football collegiately at Baker University, an NAIA school. After serving as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State from 1987 to 1988, McCarthy returned home to Pittsburgh and was hired in 1989 to work under Paul Hackett at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as quarterbacks coach for three seasons before coaching wide receivers during the 1992 season.
In 1993, McCarthy began a stint with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. After working two years as an offensive quality control assistant, McCarthy became quarterbacks coach, overseeing the work of Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac and Steve Bono. McCarthy spent the 1999 season in the same position with the Packers, coaching Brett Favre.
After the Packers released the entire coaching staff following the 1999 season, McCarthy became the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. He would remain in that position for five seasons and was selected NFC Assistant Coach of the Year by USA Today in 2000. McCarthy served as offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 and was hired following the season as head coach by the Packers.
In his first season, 2006, McCarthy led the Packers to an 8-8 record, despite starting 4-8. His finest regular season came in 2007 as the Packers finished 13-3 and he finished second in the AP Coach of the Year award. The Packers fell in the NFC Championship game in overtime to the eventual champion New York Giants.
In 2008, McCarthy became embroiled in a major controversy involving the future of their franchise quarterback, Brett Favre. The controversy started when Favre decided to come out of retirement to play again after McCarthy and Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson had stated their desire to move on with new starter Aaron Rodgers. Favre was ultimately traded to the New York Jets for a conditional fourth-round draft pick.
The season was McCarthy's worst to date with the Packers. Despite a solid showing by Rodgers, who threw for over 4,000 yards and posted a 93.8 QB rating, the Packers started with a 5-5 record but proceeded to lose five of their final six games, finishing 6-10.
In 2009, the Packers showed some signs of improvement but also had struggles. Rodgers improved on 2008's statistics, but was sacked 50 times, more than any other QB in the NFL. The team got hot at the end of the season, going on a five game winning streak and finishing 11-5 and securing a wild card berth. The Packers lost the Wild Card game to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, 51-45.
In 2010 McCarthy led the Packers to a 10-6 finish, never losing by more than four points. This record was good for 2nd in the NFC North, behind the arch-rival Chicago Bears, with whom they split victories in the regular season. They finished as the sixth seed in the NFC. The Packers went on to defeat the top three NFC seeds, all on the road enroute to the Super Bowl: the Philadelphia Eagles (#3), Atlanta Falcons (#1) and Chicago Bears (#2).
In Super Bowl XLV, the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-26, to give the franchise itís first Super Bowl victory since 1997.