What’s next for Mike McCarthy?

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The Packers defended the decision to fire coach Mike McCarthy with four games left in the season by explaining that the move gives McCarthy a chance to make plans to interview for head-coaching vacancies elsewhere. And McCarthy surely will be in demand.

So where will he go? The Browns will be interested. The Jets, if they fire Todd Bowles, should be interested. Other teams with vacancies also should be interested, given the trend toward hiring offensive coaches.

From Cincinnati to Jacksonville to Dallas (if the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs) to Tampa, a coaching change should at least prompt a phone call to McCarthy. Ultimately, he could have multiple jobs from which to choose. And there’s one important factor that he surely will consider.

No one has won a Super Bowl with two different teams. McCarthy, who led the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV victory, could become the first. If he picks the right spot, and if he can take the players and mold them into a championship contender.

Cleveland could be the most attractive option, given the presence of Baker Mayfield and the absence of any actual success since the team rejoined the league in 1999. Wherever McCarthy goes, he’ll be trying to do what others before him, like Jimmy Johnson, Mike Holmgren, and Bill Parcells, have failed to accomplish.

47 responses to “What’s next for Mike McCarthy?

  1. this guy has been blessed with hall of fame quarterbacks for almost all of his coaching tenure. hard to gauge just how good he is without them at his disposal. from the little we’ve seen, it’s not encouraging.

  2. The most IMPORT thing is what OWNER does he want to work for? That rules out the Browns, the Bengals, the Cowboys, and the 49ers. My bet is it comes down to the Jags, the Jets or the Bucs….unless a surprise firing happens like the Miami , Ravens, or Denver.

  3. McCarthy should take a job as an OC. Running the whole Packer team the way he did with all those byzantine rules and veteran vacations, it kind of got away from him. He needs to find a place where his QB will run the plays he calls and does not throw him under the bus when the QB’s audibles fail and he will be fine.

  4. jackofnotrades says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    this guy has been blessed with hall of fame quarterbacks for almost all of his coaching tenure. hard to gauge just how good he is without them at his disposal. from the little we’ve seen, it’s not encouraging.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Vikings have had more HOF, All-Pro, and ProBowl quarterbacks under center than the Packers. What’s their excuse? I can tell you…….it’s hard!

  5. He will be the “secret” assistant to the assistant regional manager of a paper company. No one will ever know. It’s a genius plan if I may say so.

  6. packers291 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    The Packers got tired of winning. 4 NFCCG appearances, 1 SB win, 9 playoff appearances. There aren’t many coaches with that NFL resume.
    ——————–
    Wait a second.

    You mean appearing in an NFCCG, and making the playoffs is considered winning?
    Does this definition of “winning” apply to other teams?

    I only ask because packer fans demand a superbowl win to claim a successful season.

  7. jackofnotrades says:

    this guy has been blessed with hall of fame quarterbacks for almost all of his coaching tenure.
    ==============================================

    I’m no fan of his but hall of fame quarterbacks don’t become that all on their own.

  8. This post makes it sound as if McCarthy is a clearly terrific head coach, and not someone who potentially held back a team with one of the best QBs ever. For example, it cites Dallas as a potential landing spot. Does anyone actually think that McCarthy would be an upgrade over Garrett? It’s possible, but heck, it’s possible that Garrett is actually better too.

  9. jackofnotrades says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    this guy has been blessed with hall of fame quarterbacks for almost all of his coaching tenure. hard to gauge just how good he is without them at his disposal. from the little we’ve seen, it’s not encouraging.

    ———————

    You are right he did get 2 HOF’s. What you fail to grasp and miss is one was on the way out and had become bigger than the team and he took him to 13-3 and a NFCCG. Then he had to take a terrible rookie who sat behind a legend and turn him into something. AR was no HOF’r coming out of college or the 9ers would have picked up. MM also had to make AR into a QB whilst dealing with all the BF junk.

    The practice rule changes have hurt MM he can’t run his QB school like he used to. But I would believe a new team will give him an opportunity to put himself back in the game refreshed. Any team with a young QB and a bit of talent would be a great place for big Mac to land. Best of luck big fella.

  10. Jets job is only good is if the GM is gone too. Let McCarthy hire his own personnel people and Jets owners hire an EVP of Football Ops to assist with other aspects.
    Why assume it’s solely Todd Bowles fault when Jets talent procurement has arguably been a failure (Draft and FA) by any objective measure? Remove both. Start fresh and have no regrets. The Jets issues are beyond coaching. The team was not constructed in the right way for success and that rests with the GM. If it doesn’t, who does it rest with? Use the Saints drafting as a point of comparison over the past few years –

  11. McCarthy is a good coach and a good man. He’ll find a new home for sure. Best of luck to him and his family. This whole thing went sideways on him. I don’t care what the other posters here think they know.

  12. I’ve got to agree with the comment about the owner being important. Cleveland might have the right roster but the worst thing you can hear from the Browns owner is “I support my coach 100% and He’ll be our coach for a long time” because that translates to “He’s gone at the end of the season and not mid way through the season because 16 games is a long time”. Having 5 coaches in 6 years isn’t normal.

  13. I would rather see Hue Jackson as the coach of my team than Mike McCarthy. How he got the Green Bay job is beyond me. The only thing either coach is good at is tooting their own horn and firing scape-goats.

  14. Looking at the situation, I think it boils down to the Jets and Browns. Both teams are desperate for a coach they will have a perceived, positive impact. Fans are looking for a someone who will take them to the promised land. The dark horse for me is the Cardinals. The Cards have been less than impressive under Wilkes coaching. Will he be a one and done coach? Like the Jets and Browns, the Cards have a young QB.

  15. redsoxu571 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    This post makes it sound as if McCarthy is a clearly terrific head coach, and not someone who potentially held back a team with one of the best QBs ever. For example, it cites Dallas as a potential landing spot. Does anyone actually think that McCarthy would be an upgrade over Garrett? It’s possible, but heck, it’s possible that Garrett is actually better too.

    ——————

    He is a great coach if you looked beyond your own limited thoughts on what a coach actually does. It isn’t easy but seeing you think it is go coach your local kids team and see if that’s easy, come back tell us all about your years of championships with new players and new coaches year after year. Please I’d like to hear your take once you’ve done it.

  16. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    packers291 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    The Packers got tired of winning. 4 NFCCG appearances, 1 SB win, 9 playoff appearances. There aren’t many coaches with that NFL resume.
    ——————–
    Wait a second.

    You mean appearing in an NFCCG, and making the playoffs is considered winning?
    Does this definition of “winning” apply to other teams?

    I only ask because packer fans demand a superbowl win to claim a successful season.

    ————–

    NO, that’s just what we tall the Queens fans who’ve never one a title. Success should be measured by all parts, Regular season, playoffs and titles. So MM has won at each level and with 2 different QB’s an old fart diva and a young kid that dropped in the draft.

    Before he was a HC he was a decent OC with the likes of the Saint’s and chiefs also.
    It’s a pretty good resume. Any company man would look at that and venture they could get successful with him. I’m not saying he’ll take a rookie to a championship but he surely can help a bad team get better he knows how to run a team.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    jackofnotrades says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    this guy has been blessed with hall of fame quarterbacks for almost all of his coaching tenure. hard to gauge just how good he is without them at his disposal. from the little we’ve seen, it’s not encouraging.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Vikings have had more HOF, All-Pro, and ProBowl quarterbacks under center than the Packers. What’s their excuse? I can tell you…….it’s hard!
    ____________

    That’s the dumbest thing anyone has ever said, and you keep repeating it.

    The Vikings have had three HOF quarterbacks: Tarkenton for 13 years, Moon for three years, and Favre for two years. Are you seriously saying that is better than 26 years of uninterrupted HOF quarterback play from two guys?

    Do you really think the number of quarterbacks that have had at least one Pro Bowl appearance is more important to winning than having 26 years of uninterrupted HOF quarterback play from two guys?

    I think you don’t really think that. Although I wouldn’t put it past you.

  18. I don’t know why people seem to be so enamored with this guy. As a Bears fan I wish he would have stayed in GB. He’s got a top 3 QB and he has only gotten out of the NFC once in 13 years. Don’t get me wrong he did a great job when he first came to GB but he has been mediocre in a mediocre division for years now. Barely making the playoffs the last 2 years. Hopefully GB will find a way to still struggle next year after the money they paid Rodgers I don’t know what they will do except have a stock sale to sell idiots pieces of paper that say they are owners.

  19. A good coach and a good man. A true professional. He will get coaching offers. He is also a Super Bowl champion. Some criticize him for only winning one super bowl, but that is more than some franchises have won in their entire history.

  20. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    You mean appearing in an NFCCG, and making the playoffs is considered winning?
    Does this definition of “winning” apply to other teams?

    I only ask because packer fans demand a superbowl win to claim a successful season.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    …..and your point is?

  21. The Barneys can yuck it up all they want, but the fact remains, they’ve rarely seen a good Head Coach in action to know what one looks like.

    Mike McCarthy is a Damn good coach and he’ll have a job next year, if he wants one.
    Though it’s true, he walked into a great situation, catching on with a team that had already employed a Hall of Fame QB.
    Two years into his stint he was tasked with developing another one.
    What the Barneys conveniently leave out, is the fact that Aaron Rodgers, like Favre, was far from a sure thing, or an already made product.
    His footwork and mechanics were a mess and had to be reworked.
    He was then placed into a QB friendly playbook that allowed him to stretch his legs and grow into the leader of the offensive juggernaut that was the Green Bay Packers for years.

    Mike McCarthy is also a quality person who will represent any team with class, honor and dignity.
    His biggest downfall, which would normally be considered a virtue, is his extreme loyalty.
    He has a tendency to stick too long with assistant coaches and team personnel, perhaps, a little longer than he should.
    I personally wish him all the best.
    He should have been more appreciated in Titletown.

  22. Bears fan here. Funniest comment by a coach I ever heard was from McCarthy; as he boards a WWII-era bomber for a ride he says “”let’s go bomb Chicago”.
    I was hoping he’d be around for awhile now that the Bears aren’t terrible, so we could pay him back for the butt-kicking we’ve been getting from him.

  23. Gruden won a SB, Brian Billick won a SB, John Harbaugh won a SB, Barry Switzer won a SB, Mike Ditka won a SB.

    All first ballot hall of fame coaches and all were fired.

  24. People need to remember that Aaron Rodgers wasn’t a HOF QB coming out of college, like it or not MM did have a hand in helping him become the QB he is today.

  25. tqaztec says:
    December 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Gruden won a SB, Brian Billick won a SB, John Harbaugh won a SB, Barry Switzer won a SB, Mike Ditka won a SB.

    All first ballot hall of fame coaches and all were fired.
    ____________

    Ditka is the only one of those guys in the HOF and that’s as a player. None of those other guys will ever be in the HOF.

  26. MM is a heck of a QB coach. It’s easy to think it’s because he’s been “blessed with talent”, but I don’t think it’s all just that. Rich Gannon once stated MM was the biggest reason for his comeback to win MVP at the age of 41. When he first got to GB he did a great job working with Brett and earning a 13-3 regular season record. With all the credit people love to give Aaron for being phenomenal, please try to realize MM played a big role in his professional development, and was a big support to him when he was getting picked on on and bullied by Brett when he first arrived (yes that really happened). Kids would wait outside and swear and spit at him when he’d show up for work after the Pack refused to bring Brett back. It was super disrespectful to the Packers and Aaron and downright embarrassing to the community, but that also really happened. MM was a friend to him then, had his back and mentored him. So honestly, I’m a little disappointed in Aaron for not sticking up for MM more now. I think he owes it to him myself.

  27. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    December 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    tqaztec says:
    December 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Gruden won a SB, Brian Billick won a SB, John Harbaugh won a SB, Barry Switzer won a SB, Mike Ditka won a SB.

    All first ballot hall of fame coaches and all were fired.
    ____________

    Ditka is the only one of those guys in the HOF and that’s as a player. None of those other guys will ever be in the HOF.

    ___________________________________________________________________

    Ok here’s one. Bill Bellichick was the last to coach any NFL team in the state of Ohio to a win in the playoffs when he was the coach of the Browns. He was fired and replaced by Ted Marchibroda and it took almost a half decade before the Ravens were any good.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    jackofnotrades says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    this guy has been blessed with hall of fame quarterbacks for almost all of his coaching tenure. hard to gauge just how good he is without them at his disposal. from the little we’ve seen, it’s not encouraging.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Vikings have had more HOF, All-Pro, and ProBowl quarterbacks under center than the Packers. What’s their excuse? I can tell you…….it’s hard!

    ———————–

    I agree there was no excuse not winning one in the 70s with Fran, but other than that are you really going to say the Vikings had more years of HOF Qb’s. Yes they might have had colectively more QB names who are hall of fame QB’s but majority of them were in the twilight of their careers….Favre, Moon, they had each for a season or two. The Vikings have not had HOF Qb’s for several years in a row like the Packers so this comment makes no sense. The number of years the Packers have had HOF QB play is way more.

  29. I agree there was no excuse not winning one in the 70s with Fran
    ======

    In consecutive years, the lost to;

    Shula’s power house Dolphins (SB)
    The Steel Curtain (SB)
    Landrys Cowboys
    Maddens Raiders (SB)
    Landrys Cowboys again

    Nothing at all to be ashamed of there.

    If that were Rodgers, losing to the likes of Brady, Manning, Big Ben, Brees, I’d take it.

    Nothing like watching your team on the final Sunday of the year.

  30. he already has more super bowl wins than any vikings coach ever. you guys can stop pretending like you know what it takes to win. and he has as many super bowl wins as the Bears whole franchise. why are you guys even chiming in? he was and is a good coach. nothing you guys say can change that. it was just time for a new voice. we wish him luck.

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