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The Mike McCarthy era in Green Bay ended unceremoniously on Sunday after the Packers blew a must-win game against the then-2-9 Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy had been the head coach of the Packers since 2006, getting them to the playoffs nine times, making four NFC Championship games and winning a Super Bowl. 


While Packers fans were ready to see McCarthy go, he was still a fairly successful coach on the field for Green Bay. However, in terms of developing coaching talent, he's apparently terrible.


One of the most popular ways to judge a coach is by their coaching tree -- and McCarthy surely doesn't have a lot to write home about. 

What's so shocking here is that in 12-plus seasons, only three of his coaches went on to get a head coaching job of their own. It's just Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin (Miami Dolphins, 2012-2015), Ben McAdoo (New York Giants, 2016-2017) and Jeff Jagodzinski (Boston College, 2007-2008). Say what you want about Bill Belichick's coaching tree, he does still have more than 20 coaches on it.

McCarthy only had three assistants good enough to go get other jobs. And the combined records of those three in their new jobs was just 57-51. But if we just look at Philbin and McAdoo it's an even worse, 37-43. Philbin never made the playoffs with the Dolphins, McAdoo made the playoffs once (losing to McCarthy), and Jagodzinski won the ACC two straight years before getting fired for a breach of contract after interviewing for the vacant New York Jets coaching position.


Maybe this is more of an indictment on McCarthy's teaching ability, but he never produced a solid head coach at any level from his coaching tree. With Philbin taking over as interim HC for the Packers, he'll have a second chance to make his former boss look a bit better. 


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