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NFL alum or not, McCarthy values character in assistant coaches

10:46 PM, Oct. 4, 2012
At right, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and other Packers coaches look on from the sidelines during Sept. 24 game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
At right, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and other Packers coaches look on from the sidelines during Sept. 24 game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
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A couple of weeks ago when an offensive coaches meeting finally wrapped up, Mike McCarthy picked up his phone and fired a text to close friend Joe Philbin.

"Hey man, I needed you," the text playfully read. "I was all by myself."

The Ed McMahon to McCarthy's Johnny Carson during their six seasons together in Green Bay, the Packers' seventh-year coach was rarely in a meeting room without Philbin by his side, especially during the five years Philbin spent as his offensive coordinator. ...

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