The Green Bay Packers were the only NFL team that did not record a single interception from a safety last season.
That lack of playmaking ability extended throughout a secondary that forced just four fumbles and finished 24th in passing yards surrendered.
"Micah Hyde deserves the opportunity to be an every-down player on our defense," McCarthy said this week at the NFL Annual Meeting, via ESPN.com. "And as we go into 2014, that's our responsibility as a coaching staff to create those competitive opportunities for him to get that done. I got to a point in the season where Micah was standing on the sidelines too much."
Despite playing limited snaps as the nickel back, Hyde was responsible for half of the secondary's forced fumbles and showed a penchant for big plays as a kick-return specialist.
"We're going to give Micah the opportunity to play on all three downs -- whether that's corner, nickel, dime, safety," McCarthy added. "That's the versatility I think he brings to our football team."