1) Introduction: Mike McCarthy entered his eighth season as Packers head coach in 2013, having led the team to the postseason in five of his previous seven years. McCarthy returned most the same coaching staff that he had in 2012 and following the Packers brutal exit from the playoffs at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.
Michael John McCarthy
- Age: 50
- Born: 11/10/1963, in Pittsburgh, PA
- Rookie Year: 2006
- NFL Head Coaching Experience: 8 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: After the 2012 season ended with a thud and resounding loss, the Packers looked to be more competitive with the top teams in the NFC. The 49ers had become their arch enemy and an obstacle that the Packers would need to defeat in order to return to the upper echelon of the conference. McCarthy was quoted numerous times throughout the offseason and preseason as saying that he wanted his team to be tougher and more physical. Those changes would need to start with McCarthy and the team’s overall culture.
With McCarthy continuing to call the team’s offensive plays, there were many eyes on him as the Packers acquired running back Eddie Lacy early in the 2013 draft. There was a lot of curiosity on how McCarthy would integrate Lacy into an offense that already featured All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his aerial assault.
4) Season Highlights/Lowlights: While the Packers season ended well, there were some down points. There was yet another loss to the San Francisco 49ers on opening day and while a loss can’t be placed on the head coach alone, they are ultimately responsible for preparing their team each week. A melee broke out when Packers linebacker Clay Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of bounds. The play showcased that the Packers weren’t totally in control of their emotions in a game where they needed to be.
There was also the sideline tiff between McCarthy and Rodgers that was shown on the television feed in week three against the Cincinnati Bengals. While I don’t blame McCarthy completely for it, it was not his best moment on TV.