Where will Mike McCarthy land?

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With multiple coaching openings coming and a Super Bowl-winning coach available immediately, one of the more intriguing stories in January will be the destination of Mike McCarthy.

On Monday, Peter King wrote in his Football Morning in America column that he hears that McCarthy “likes Arizona and would be interested in exploring the job.” Of course, that job currently is occupied. Come Monday (or Sunday night), it may not be.

Despite his past accomplishments, McCarthy has been criticized in some circles (including this circle) for not doing more with one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. How will Aaron Rodgers do without McCarthy? How will McCarthy do without Rodgers. We’ll definitely get an answer to the first question; we’ll probably get an answer to the second one.

McCarthy surely will get multiple interviews, if he wants them. And he’ll likely get one or more offers, barring a disastrous interview process.

Still, the primary concern with McCarthy will continue to be whether his offensive is sufficiently creative and diverse to thrive in today’s NFL, which features plenty of creative and diverse offenses. Some teams may hesitate for that reason alone. Which, in all fairness, is a pretty good reason for hesitation.

58 responses to “Where will Mike McCarthy land?

  1. Not a lot of class when you say you’re interested in a position (Arizona head coach) and that position isn’t even open yet. Might also be difficult for this guy to succeed if Aaron Rodgers is not also on the same roster.

  2. Just another coach who was lucky to have arguably 2 of the greatest QBs in NFL history. Some team will hire him and fire him after he underachieves without having an elite QB to carry him.

  3. His team made playoff roughly 69% of the time. How many coaches can match that record? A small club like GB can’t match the exponentially superior spending power of teams with huge fan bases. Somebody needs to cough up more $$$$$.

  4. Actually, it’s been Aaron Rodgers that has been holding back the packers with his Diva, it’s all about me attitude!

  5. McCarthy may have a Super Bowl win to his credit. But I wouldn’t hire him.

    And coaches like Wilks and Joseph are getting screwed if they are fired. Todd Bowles as well, especially. None of these coaches were really given a chance to coach a team anywhere close to being settled at the quarterback position. And Wilks certainly wasn’t. Todd Bowles is a very good head coach and his a rich history under the some the best coaches in NFL history. Bowles players play hard for him. I’m not sold on either Wilks or Joseph. But that doesn’t change the facts that they were given anything close to a fair opportunity.

    How does one justify giving Dirk Koetter a possible 4th year with Jameis Winston…and now allowing Bowles, Wilks and Joseph a 2nd year to work with their new quarterbacks?

  6. Pittsburgh is an interesting thought.

    I’ve always pegged McCarthy for the Jets. Could see him in Denver. Cleveland, too. Cannot see him in Arizona.

    Jacksonville will probably rehire Del Rio.

  7. If Coach goes to Arizona, he’ll follow in the footsteps of Denny Green, who retired to Arizona after departing the Vikings.

  8. Same old NFL. Recycle old coaches that have gone stale. You’d be a fool to hire him. Hire a guy that’s like 38-40 years old and actually had a few fresh ideas and knows how to communicate with today’s young players.

  9. Sigbouncher, cardinals won 8 games last year with 9 of 11 offensive starters on IR, only fitz and center aq Shipley started near the end of the season.

    With mostly the same team, cards were really bad. Historically bad on offense and defense. I’m not saying it all wilks fault, but someone needs to take the blame. No part of the team performed up to the talent level. There are way to many good players on the team to be a 3 win team. Under arians, cardinals were one of the top 6 winning franchises in the nfl. They need to make a change

    McCarthy and head coach. Bring back Bowles as the DC.

  10. While I am against the old recycling habits of the NFL, I have to admit I think it has been going largely in the right direction of hiring new, young talent. Not that it always works (Denver comes to mind) but it’s a part of why these new, creative offenses have started showing up. However … I do think MM is too conservative on that side of the ball.

  11. Say what you will of McCarthy as a head coach, but Aaron Rodgers didn’t develop the world class skills he has today on his own and lord knows Favre didn’t do one thing to help him. McCarthy had a lot to do with developing Rodgers’ talents. Arizona’s number one priority is making sure Rosen pans out. Seems like a good match to me.

  12. The NFL has become basically a wide open offensive league. HC’s who adapt to that style of offense seems to do well. HC’s who want a more conservative offense, don’t. In today’s NFL, you have to be able to score points at will if you want to consistently win.

    If you look at HC’s who struggle the most, it’s the offensive side of the ball they struggle with. Some are too conservative on offensive, while others are simply clueless about offense.

    Being old, or young, doesn’t have much to do about. Having a Super Bowl in your resume doesn’t either. It’s how you adjust to today’s NFL. I’m looking for a leader who isn’t afraid to adjust based on what’s happening today.

  13. tqaztec says:
    December 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    Why hire a coach who has never had a good defense or develop a TE or RB?
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    2010 Packer Defense, Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant…..better than your average Christmas yams.

  14. @phil codean: Mccarthy coaches the Packers for 13 years and you come up with 1 defense, 1 TE, and 1 RB as defense of his coaching talent? Yikes. It isn’t a coincidence that when Rodgers got hurt for two years in a row the team tanked. If Mccarthy was a good coach then they wouldn’t have fallen so far so fast.

  15. How many industries can someone who got fired for failure to succeed get top dollar in the same position right away? It’s insane that anyone would hire a fired head coach as a head coach immediately the season after they’re fired.

  16. sigbouncer says:
    December 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    McCarthy may have a Super Bowl win to his credit. But I wouldn’t hire him.

    And coaches like Wilks and Joseph are getting screwed if they are fired. Todd Bowles as well, especially. None of these coaches were really given a chance to coach a team anywhere close to being settled at the quarterback position. And Wilks certainly wasn’t. Todd Bowles is a very good head coach and his a rich history under the some the best coaches in NFL history. Bowles players play hard for him. I’m not sold on either Wilks or Joseph. But that doesn’t change the facts that they were given anything close to a fair opportunity.

    How does one justify giving Dirk Koetter a possible 4th year with Jameis Winston…and now allowing Bowles, Wilks and Joseph a 2nd year to work with their new quarterbacks?

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    Everyone hears your dog whistle buddy

  17. McCarthy is a better coach than most employed NFL coaches – including the guy in Minnesota right now.

    The Pack firing him was stupid and a knee jerk reaction to circumstances beyond his control.

    Regardless what a bunch of kiddies spew here, McCarthy is not old and his offense isn’t stale. The talent wasn’t there to execute that offense and it had to be dumbed down to the talent level. Someone is going to get a helluva coach.

  18. rohinaz says:
    December 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Sigbouncer, cardinals won 8 games last year with 9 of 11 offensive starters on IR, only fitz and center aq Shipley started near the end of the season.

    With mostly the same team, cards were really bad. Historically bad on offense and defense. I’m not saying it all wilks fault, but someone needs to take the blame. No part of the team performed up to the talent level. There are way to many good players on the team to be a 3 win team. Under arians, cardinals were one of the top 6 winning franchises in the nfl. They need to make a change

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    They won their 8 games last year with Carson Palmer (3), Drew Stanton (3) and Blaine Gabbert (2) at quarterback. Gabbert is 2-0 with the Titans this year. Palmer’s history speaks for itself. Stanton has won there before. While Josh Rosen has 23 turnovers in just 12 starts. Their starting left tackle now is a 7th round pick who was called a long term project as a projected right tackle. Fitz started to show his age. They lost their deep threat John Brown. They lost their starting safety Tyrann Mathieu. I wouldn’t call that mostly the same team.

  19. conormacleod says:

    Same old NFL. Recycle old coaches that have gone stale. You’d be a fool to hire him. Hire a guy that’s like 38-40 years old and actually had a few fresh ideas and knows how to communicate with today’s young players.
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    I always hear the “communicate with today’s young players” deal, but nobody has ever explained exactly how you do it different today.

  20. Hell land in Washington and along with foles. They’ll be a good team. And will be a superbowl contender. The Eagles will regret keeping Wentz over foles. Only an idiot gets rid of an elite qb thats better than wentz, won you a superbowl, hes superbowl mvp, he replaces a mediocre injured wentz again and plays like a superbowl mvp again against two great playoff teams. Cowboys and Washington will be fighting for the division next year if Washington gets foles. Eagles will go back to mediocrity. Wentz is rg3 2.0. One good year then he gets figured out by defenses. Wentz is like Stafford. Mediocre.

  21. To quote Ralph Kramden — “Bam, Zoom, Right To The Moon!!!!”

    As a long time Packers fan, all I can say is wherever McCarthy lands you’ll be getting a nice guy who is not a great coach. And if you don’t have a top QB you’ll find that out right away.
    And get used to hearing phrases that are filled with the word “obviously” since he can’t say a single sentence without using that word.
    And get used to him saying “our pad level was too high” after his defense gets torched.
    And get used to him saying “we will run the ball”, then have his QB throw it 48 times and only give his RB’s 15 carries.
    And get used to him saying “we will have a top defense” and then watch his defenses finish in the bottom half of the league all the time.

    In short — be prepared to be disappointed, because I guarantee you, you will! Mike McCarthy would be a good head coach if it were still 1995. But he is stuck in that era and has no clue how to coach in this one.

  22. j huber says:
    December 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    His team made playoff roughly 69% of the time. How many coaches can match that record? A small club like GB can’t match the exponentially superior spending power of teams with huge fan bases.
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    Ummmm…

    The NFL has this thing called a salary cap, so all teams are limited in how much theoretical money they can spend each season.

    Now they do have a way to prorate the contract dollars over the life of the contract.

    Which explains how the Packers are actually paying Rodgers $80 mil in the first year of his new deal. You know, the contract that made Rodgers the highest paid player in NFL history…

    The Packers don’t suffer at all from the small market that they are in when it comes to paying players.

    The market size does cause other problems, like attracting free agents, hosting the draft or the Super Bowl.

  23. This guy had Aaron Rodgers for over a decade and could only eke out one SB. Yeah, I know it’s hard to win one, trust me I wish I knew that feeling, but why would his trajectory change at a place with a lesser quarterback?

  24. Hopefully Stephen Ross isn’t warming up the team jet to go schmooze McCarthy –
    Gase is a disaster but I’ll live with him another season over McCarthy!
    And anyone that says’ McCarthy is a great coach needs their heads examined – he has never
    adapted his offense to changing tempo of opposing defenses!
    He’s much like Andy Reid – he’ll keep putting out the same schemes every game & act bewildered at the post game podium because they just got destroyed!
    At this point I’d take Rex Ryan – at least he was passionate about his teams win or lose,
    he was never one to throw players under the bus & they seemed to like his style!

  25. j huber says:
    December 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    His team made playoff roughly 69% of the time. How many coaches can match that record?
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    Every coach with an elite QB.

  26. Pete Carroll is the most conservative and predictable out of all head coaches and he just got an extension. Everyone in the world knows what the seahawks playcalling will be every time. Run run pass. Run run pass. Run run pass. The only reason Carroll didn’t get fired is because the seahawks pull out wins and make the playoffs. Every teams play calling is predictable. The difference is some qbs win games, others like rodgers can’t win but we can’t blame Rodgers the “great”, let’s blame McCarthy for Rodgers failures and decline. Russell Wilson is way better than Rodgers and I don’t like Russell Wilson. He’s more clutch, more confident. He shows up time and time again in the big games in the clutch, even with stale predictable playcalling. Only cowards blame coaches for losses. Qbs have to step up and deliver. That’s why Russell Wilson will be a much better qb than Rodgers when it’s all said and done. Rodgers has only been to one superbowl. Russell Wilson has been to two superbowls and most likely will be in a couple more unlike overrated choke artist Rodgers who whines to much and blames coaches for his own chokejobs. Fanboys say but it’s the oc fault, playcalling is stale and predictable. Nothing but cowardly excuses to protect their overrated choke artist Rodgers. LoL. Wilson has no problem winning games and making the playoffs with stale predictable playcalling. That’s the difference between Wilson and Rodgers. Wilson is a clutch playmaker and a leader. Rodgers is an overrated choke artist that lacks leadership and shrinks under pressure, blames everyone but himself and gets coaches fired. If Wilson was on the packers, I guarantee you they make the playoffs. I’ll take Wilson over Rodgers any day and twice on sunday.

  27. Jets have to show they mean business for top candidates and fire Maccagnan next Sunday or Monday. The charade that Maccagnan would be on board with Harbaugh or any other candidate is a joke. On what grounds does he have any say? If Todd Bowles gets fired for bad coaching Maccagnan should be fired for bad drafting and team building. Does anyone really think with the offensive line the Jets started the season with gave them any chance to have more than 7 wins? Adams is a player. Darnold looks like he will be but make no mistake, there is a lot of work to be done with the Jets roster for 2019. Given the amount of free-agents they have on their own roster, the $100mm cap room will evaporate fast. Throw in the high draft choice and it’s essential the Jets get this right and build a team and not sell seats (LeVeon Bell would be a disastrous move) and that starts with pairing an astute General Manager who is in lock step with his head coach. It’s a high stakes poker table. Not the go-fish table Maccagnan has played with top 6 picks that anyone would have made. Good luck to the Jets selling Maccagnan on a head coach of any merit (McCarthy included) when he blamed the current head coach for bad draft choices during this season.

  28. My wish was, he’d wind up in the NFC North.

    I’ll settle for the NFC.

    .. hopefully the Vikes get their doors blown off in the Playoffs and I’ll still get my wish.

  29. Recycling coaches or hiring a coach with no previous head coaching experience is an age-old question in the NFL. The last four coaches hired by the Jets, for example, were all first-time head coaches (Edwards, Mangini, Ryan and Bowles) and that means a steep learning curve under a big market microscope. All were defensive-minded coaches as well, which is evident in the drafts they were overseeing. So if I’m the Johnson family I’m definitely going to hire an offensive coach and the question is should it be a recycled one or still another with no head-coaching experience? The Rams caught lightning in a bottle with Sean McVay but it doesn’t always work out.

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