With innovative game plans that feature both chain-moving power and quick-strike passing, McCarthy is widely known as one of the top offensive minds in the NFL. McCarthy is a reputed developer of quarterbacks, having tutored Brett Favre, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Blake, Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks.
McCarthy joined San Francisco after serving as the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator since 2000. After leading the NFC in scoring in 2002 with 432 points and 49 touchdowns, the Saints had another record-breaking season in 2003. The 340 points the Saints scored that season was the eighth-highest in club history, and all four of the team's scoring totals since 2000 under McCarthy rank in the club's all-time top 10. Under McCarthy's direction, the New Orleans offensive unit set 10 team records and 25 individual records.
Until McCarthy's hiring, the Saints hadn't produced a 1,000-yard wide receiver in eight years, but under McCarthy, Joe Horn caught 437 passes for 6,289 yards and 45 touchdowns and was selected for four Pro Bowls over a five-year span. Also until 2000, the team hadn't generated a 1,000-yard performance from a running back in a decade. But a Saints' running back has since reached the milestone each of his last five seasons. Two runing backs, Ricky Williams and Deuce McCallister, achieved this honor.
Following the 2000 season, McCarthy was chosen as the NFC Assistant Coach of the Year by USA Today. While coaching quarterbacks at Green Bay in 1999, the Packers ranked seventh in the NFL in passing and ninth overall in total offense with quarterback Brett Favre passing for 4,091 yards.
McCarthy also spent six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving as quarterbacks coach the last four years. As an offensive assistant in 1993-94, he worked closely with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. As quarterbacks coach from 1995-98, McCarthy's signal callers threw just 52 interceptions - the lowest total in the AFC during that period despite Kansas City using three starting quarterbacks during that span (Steve Bono, Rich Gannon and Elvis Grbac).
Before joining the Chiefs, McCarthy coached at the University of Pittsburgh from 1989-92 under Paul Hackett. McCarthy spent his first three years working with the quarterbacks before tutoring the wide receivers during his final season at the school. McCarthy's top pupil at Pittsburgh, QB Alex Van Pelt, broke Dan Marino's school records for career and single-season passing yards.
A collegiate tight end, McCarthy was an all-conference selection (1985-86) at Baker University (KS). McCarthy captained the school's 1986 team that finished as an NAIA Division II National runner-up. After his playing career, McCarthy joined the coaching staff at Fort Hays State (KS) as a graduate assistant from 1987-88.
The Pittsburgh, PA native was born Nov. 10, 1963, and has a daughter, Alexandra.
McCarthy's coaching backgound: 1987-88 (Fort Hays State), 1989-92 (University of Pittsburgh), 1993-98 (Kansas City Chiefs), 1999 (Green Bay Packers), 2000-04 (New Orleans Saints), 2005 (San Francisco 49ers).