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Adam Caplan

Adam Caplan is our newest NFL reporter/insider at FOXSports.com. He has spent the past 10 seasons covering the league, specializing in player personnel, injuries and contracts.

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The Green Bay Packers have signed head coach Mike McCarthy to a new multi-year contract, the team announced.

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McCarthy, who recently concluded his fifth season as head coach, guided the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as Green Bay became only the second No. 6 seed since 1990 to win the world championship. He joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches in franchise history to lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title.

“We are very pleased to finalize this agreement with Mike,” Packers executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations Ted Thompson said. “He’s a good football coach, a good leader, and a good man. I look forward to working with Mike into the future.”

“I want to thank the Green Bay Packers, especially Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson, for the continued commitment and confidence they have shown in our program,” McCarthy said.

The Packers were heavily criticized by their fans after McCarthy was hired because during his one-year stint as offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, the 49ers averaged less than 15 points per game that season.

What McCarthy has proven with the Packers is that as long as you have good enough talent, and you have a strong personnel evaluation staff, you can win as a head coach.

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“We were very excited to bring the Lombardi Trophy back home this past season, and we look forward to the challenge of continuing to improve as a football team and adding to the championship legacy here. My family and I love being in Green Bay. It’s always going to be my home, and we are very happy to continue to be a part of this community.”

McCarthy has led the Packers to three postseason berths in the past four seasons, highlighted by the world championship in 2010 and an appearance in the 2007 NFC Championship Game. He has posted a 5-2 record in the playoffs, a .714 winning percentage that ranks tied for first among active NFL coaches.

Including the playoffs, McCarthy has guided the Packers to a 25-12 mark (.676) over the past two seasons. The 25 wins rank No. 3 in the league over that span behind only New Orleans (27) and Indianapolis (26). Since taking over as head coach in 2006, McCarthy has led Green Bay to a 53-34 record (.609), including the postseason.

A Pittsburgh native, the 47-year-old McCarthy spent six seasons as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005). He served as quarterbacks coach for the Packers in 1999 after six seasons (1993-98) on the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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