McCarthy Not Sweating Contract

On Wednesday, general manager Ted Thompson said the next "big priority" was extending the contract of coach Mike McCarthy.

On Wednesday, when general manager Ted Thompson agreed to a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, he said his “big priority” was extending the contract of coach Mike McCarthy.

“Everybody that works here has a business part of their place here. That’s just part of it,” McCarthy said after Thursday’s practice. “I’m focused on training camp, there’s a process in place that will take its course. I’ve never sweated it. I love it here. I’m not worried about it.”

McCarthy, who is entering his ninth season on the job, is under contract through 2015. Since taking over the team in 2006, the Packers are 88-50-1 (including playoffs), with that .637 winning percentage trailing only Bill Belichick (.657) Sean Payton (.653) and John Harbaugh (.648) among current coaches with at least a 60-game resume. His 35-12-1 record against division foes is second-best in the league over the past eight seasons. The Packers have won one Super Bowl and four division titles, and have just one losing season.

The new deal for Thompson essentially insures McCarthy will get a new deal, as well. That might not have been the case had Thompson decided to retire, which would have forced McCarthy to work under a different general manager.

“That’s a hypothetical,” McCarthy said. “I was never concerned about it. I haven’t given it any thought.”

The two have formed one of the best tandems in the league. With Thompson, McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson signed (or expected to be signed) to long-term contracts. Green Bay has been a powerhouse and will continue to be a powerhouse. For instance, in online bookmaker Bovada’s newest odds, the Packers are 10/1 to win the Super Bowl. That’s the fifth-best line entering the season.

“I think when two people work together for as long as Mike and I have, I think you develop certain understandings of each other,” Thompson said. “There are certain things you can communicate that are unsaid as opposed to originally, when you probably need to spell everything out. But I think we have a very good working relationship. We anticipate each other’s thoughts often, which might drive both of us crazy sometimes, but I think it’s working well and has worked well. Obviously, we see things pretty close.”


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