Packers to hire 49ers' McCarthy as coach

Updated: January 12, 2006, 5:09 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Green Bay Packers filled their head coach vacancy with a former Brett Favre tutor, but not the one some people close to the quarterback had suggested might perhaps make an apt replacement for the deposed Mike Sherman.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson chose San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy to be the team's new coach, with an official announcement coming Thursday afternoon.

McCarthy, 42, served as the Packers' quarterbacks coach in 1999, ...

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