Ten days after Mike Sherman is fired following a 4-12 season, Pittsburgh native Mike McCarthy is hired as the Packers’ new head coach. At age 42, he’s the youngest head coach in the NFL.
McCarthy, who had been the Packers quarterbacks coach in 1999 on Ray Rhodes’ staff, had moved up to offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005) before landing the head job in Green Bay.
In his opening press conference, McCarthy boldly stated – while taking over a 4-12 team – that the biggest challenge his new team would have is handling success. Following a 4-8 start, McCarthy led the Packers to four straight wins to close out 2006 and then to a 13-3 mark and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game in his second season.Two years after that, the Packers under McCarthy embarked on a franchise-record streak of eight consecutive postseason appearances (2009-16) that included five NFC North division crowns, three NFC title game appearances and one Super Bowl championship.