Mike McCarthy looks to be permanently on hold in Cleveland

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Sometimes, a past relationship is an impediment to a new one.

There had been a presumption that, with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy available, with the Browns looking for a coach, and with plenty of former Packers front-office executives populating the front office in Cleveland, McCarthy would be a viable candidate to become the next coach there. It’s now looking like he won’t even interview.

The temporary hold on a sit-down appears to be on the verge of becoming a permanent one. Which meshes with word that was trickling on the grapevine over the weekend.

It was believed at the time that G.M. John Dorsey knows who he wants to hire, that he was keeping his preferences to himself, and that his choice for the job wasn’t McCarthy. Which could be regarded as an indictment of McCarthy, given the various connections to former Packers execs like Dorsey, Alonzo HIghsmith, Eliot Wolf, and highly influential unofficial consultant Ron Wolf, a former Packers G.M. with plenty of influence over the current Browns power structure.

News that the Browns are focused on offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens and Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski underscores the notion that the guy who took Aaron Rodgers to a Super Bowl win won’t be getting a chance to do the same with Baker Mayfield.

19 responses to “Mike McCarthy looks to be permanently on hold in Cleveland

  1. Mike is a great man and person. Really is.

    This is a direct indictment of what REALLY happened this year in GB with the team. Dorsey can call any number of people not named Murphy or Rodgers and get the truth. Seems like it’s less AR is a diva and more Mike wouldn’t change.

  2. For his sake, I hope its not NY.

    The fans and media will chew him up and spit him right back out.

    … wait a year, and maybe his hometown team will be calling??

  3. Hmm, surprised that Stefanski is more appealing than McCarthy to the Browns. Other than 3 games as OC, he has only been a position coach. If McCarthy doesn’t get a HC gig, maybe he will be a OC candidate for the Vikings.

  4. This is a direct indictment of what REALLY happened this year in GB with the team. Dorsey can call any number of people not named Murphy or Rodgers and get the truth. Seems like it’s less AR is a diva and more Mike wouldn’t change.
    =====

    Well, I’d say LaFleur has his work cut out for him, no matter what.

    The Packers can blame McCarthy all they want, the simple fact is, they retained him WELL past his expiration date.

  5. I guess the new constant in the NFL is that success as an HC is inversely proportional to experience.

  6. Or just maybe the Browns front office is dragging it out and giving the appearance of exhaustive considerations to make it look like they worked hard before handing the reins back to Gregg Williams

  7. Coach will be fine…and, on his own terms… This year or next, some team will be lucky to get him.

    The opinions expressed in this comments section aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit in the grand scheme of things. For all we know, McCarthy put the interview on hold

  8. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm
    Or just maybe the Browns front office is dragging it out and giving the appearance of exhaustive considerations to make it look like they worked hard before handing the reins back to Gregg Williams

    Yeah as a Browns fan, I don’t think so. Dorsey has done nothing but show he means business. Browns *should* have been a playoff team this year had we let go of Hue “I think the Bengals really like me, they really do” Jackson. No ruse going on here.

    And no I don’t want McCarthy. I am no fan of AR (respect his skills, not the man because I do think he is a diva) but between McCarthy and their GM, he’s never had a team around him. One SB ok (and I don’t judge individual talent by rings, but by teams), but the game really looks like it has passed him by. I don’t want him.

  9. Do you what the best interview you can possibly have? 8 three hour games with Dorsey having a front row seat. So in terms of the ”interview”, Williams and Kitchens nailed it. And probably nailed it shut for anyone else to come in.

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