LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Whether it’s football or any other line of work, finding success usually requires belief from others. Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy always hoped to coach in the NFL, but he first needed somebody to take a chance on him.
Getsy’s opportunity came from then-Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in 2014, when he hired Getsy on as an offensive quality control coach in Green Bay. Two years later, Getsy was promoted to be the Packers' wide receivers coach, and he soon went on his rise to the present in leading the Bears’ offense.
“He’s one of the most influential people in my life, there’s no question,” Getsy said of McCarthy, who's now the Cowboys' head coach. “I never had really a desire to be a head coach in my life until I got to sit in his team meetings and look at the way that he approached the team, talked to the team, the way that he was able to be himself, be humble, be confident, lead men. I mean, he’s one of the most impressive men that I’ve been able to be around. He’s a huge part of who I am, for sure.”
Getsy departed Green Bay in 2018 to join his former college coach Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State as offensive coordinator. But when the Packers hired Matt LaFleur as head coach to replace McCarthy in 2019, Getsy returned as the team’s quarterbacks coach and added the role of passing game coordinator a year later. The Bears hired Getsy as their new offensive coordinator in January after bringing in Matt Eberflus as their new head coach.
On Sunday, Getsy and the Bears (3-4) will take on McCarthy and the Cowboys (5-2) at AT&T Stadium in Texas. It will mark the first time that Getsy will square off against his mentor McCarthy.
McCarthy still recalls when Getsy arrived for his interview with the Packers in 2014 and made a strong impression on him.
“I loved his disposition," McCarthy said. "He’s very consistent, good with relationships. I thought so much of him.
“No doubt about it. I think Luke is definitely on the path of being a head coach in this league.”
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.