NFL notebook: Greenfield native McCarthy signs multiyear extension with Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mike McCarthy didn’t want to think or talk about his accomplishments or his potential legacy as the Green Bay Packers coach Monday.
He wanted to change the subject to Sunday night’s game against Chicago.
So, shortly after the team announced that he’d signed a multiyear contract extension, McCarthy lasted all of six questions before he tried steering the discussion in another direction.
“Can we talk about the Bears now?” McCarthy said, referring to the Packers’ upcoming game Sunday night against their NFC North rivals.
But more questions followed about McCarthy’s place in one of the NFL’s most-storied franchises.
It made sense, considering he’s five victories behind Vince Lombardi in Packers history. With a 93-53-1 record including the playoffs, McCarthy ranks third in team history behind Curly Lambeau (212) and Lombardi (98).
“I’m not going to compare myself to Coach Lombardi. Let’s be real here,” McCarthy said. “I understand my place, my opportunity and I’m very thankful for the people that came before me.”
A Greenfield native, the 50-year-old McCarthy was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach in 1999 before spending five seasons as the New Orleans Saints’ offensive coordinator (2000-04) and one year as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers (2005) before being hired to replace Mike Sherman as Packers coach in January 2006.
In McCarthy’s nine seasons as coach, the Packers have made six playoff appearances, won four division titles, appeared in two NFC championship games and won a Super Bowl.
The Packers did not release specifics of McCarthy’s deal.
Eagles fight injuries
Back in first place, the Philadelphia Eagles will try to stay there without their quarterback and their defensive captain.
Nick Foles has a broken clavicle, and it’s uncertain when he’ll return. Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans is out for the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon, according to a person familiar with the injury who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t release details. Also, right guard Todd Herremans, already playing with a torn left biceps, has an ankle injury.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez will make his first start in 23 months on Monday night against the Panthers (3-5-1).
RB weighs options
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is weighing his football future less than a week after returning to the practice field following a two-year struggle with a devastating knee injury from college.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Lattimore is going to talk to his family and the team should know more in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the 49ers signed running back Kendall Hunter to a one-year contract extension. Hunter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, was set to become a free-agent in March.