Published on February 8th, 2011 | by bmore0
McCarthy open to talking contract extension
It’s probably more a matter of when and not if, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy is in line for a contract extension.
So far, there have been no talks about adding to the two years he has left on his deal.
“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have anything to report on that,” McCarthy said when I stopped him in the hallway after his morning press conference Monday.
It’s not that the Packers aren’t interested in extending his deal, however. It’s that McCarthy wanted no part of any discussions while his team was making a run for the Super Bowl.
” I’m anti-in-season anyway,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think you should do contracts during the season. So we’ll see what happens.”
Asked if he would be interested in an extension, McCarthy said with a smile, “I’d listen to them.”
Earlier, McCarthy had been asked in his press conference whether he could see himself retiring as head coach of the Packers.
“I would hope this is my last job,” he said. “I’m a builder and we have built something special. This program was built the right way, has quality people in Aaron Rodgers, and all the way through that are going to lead this football team for a long time.
“So I would definitely hope this is my last job.”
In a conversation with me and a couple of other reporters at the Sheraton, McCarthy addressed a number of issues, including where he got the idea to have the players fitted for Super Bowl rings the night before the game.
It turns out McCarthy consulted New Orleans coach Sean Payton on a number of things regarding Super Bowl planning and Payton suggested the ring measuring. However, McCarthy isn’t sure if Payton did it before the game.
“But I’m not sure when or how he did it,” McCarthy said. “That was something that when you’re laying out the whole schedule, do you do it when you get back from the game or so forth? I just said, ‘let’s do it on Saturday night.’ I wanted it to be significant.”
McCarthy said the plan was in line with the feeling he had and wanted his players to have that the Packers were the team to beat in the playoffs. He said he continually harkened back to the year before when the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinal when he thought his team was on a roll.
“We planned to be here,” McCarthy said. “I’m not trying to be arrogant or ignorant about it. We planned to be here all along. This thing really started after the Arizona loss. You have these exit interviews and you go in there and this guy has an issue and this guy has an issue.
“Usually, when you talk to 60 people and 30, 35 of them have one thing that they say, you go, ‘Man, that’s real. I need to take that into account.’ One thought that day was we’ve got the team to win the Super Bowl. We felt like we let an opportunity get away last year. We felt like we’d really come together, we were playing our best football at the end of the year and we won seven out of the last eight, we did it the right way, we were healthy.
“It was a good punch in the gut. It’s a great reference to go back to. I know they’re so sick and tired of hearing about it throughout the spring and training camp. It was a good motivator for us.”
McCarthy had a funny story about halftime.
He said while he was in the locker room contemplating injury problems and the fate of his team in the second half of the biggest game of his life, his family was more focused on the halftime show.
“My 2-year-old stayed at the hotel and my wife called to check on her at halftime, and she said, “More Black-eyed Peas, more Black-eyed Peas,’” McCarthy said. “That’s all she wanted.
“I laughed when I heard that last night, but I’m sitting there looking at Donald Driver and Charles Woodson and I’m going, ‘My goodness, here we go again.’”
By the way, McCarthy said Driver suffered knee and ankle sprains, but it was the ankle that was more serious. He called it a high ankle sprain and said that the medical staff worked on Driver all during the half, but when he tested it on the sideline in the third quarter it was obvious he couldn’t play.
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