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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
NFLN survey/popular coach: Packers

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy has something three of the top four vote getters in our latest NFL Nation survey question -- which coach would you most like to play for? -- don’t have: a Super Bowl title.

That's why it was somewhat surprising that the Green Bay Packers coach didn’t rank higher on this list.

He received just five votes from the more than 300 players surveyed during this past season. Players generally have spoken highly of McCarthy over the years and appear to enjoy playing for him.

McCarthy is tied with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton as the fourth-longest tenured active NFL coach. Both were hired in 2006. Only New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (2000), Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis (2003) and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin (2004) have been in their current positions longer.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll led the way in this category with 72 votes (22.5 percent), followed by Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin with 44 votes (13.8 percent), Denver Broncos coach John Fox with 25 votes (7.8 percent) and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan with 23 votes (7.2 percent).

Of those four, only Tomlin has won a Super Bowl as a head coach. Of course, either Carroll or Fox will join him this year.