Mike McCarthy says it was Jets or bust, will be ready to go next year

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Even with two NFL head coaching vacancies still unfilled, former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will not be coaching in the NFL in 2019.

McCarthy confirmed to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com that the New York Jets job was the only one that interested him this cycle. With Adam Gase being named as the successor to Todd Bowles in that position on Wednesday, McCarthy is set to sit out the upcoming year before planning to jump back in next season.

I’ll be locked and loaded and ready to go for next year,” McCarthy said.

“We looked at everything, and it was either New York or stay out. That was our outlook. My family’s excited. We were eating dinner when I got the message [about the Jets], and they all started cheering. So it was kind of funny. I think it tells you where they’re at.”

McCarthy was fired by the Packers in December during his 13th season with the franchise. He posted a 135-85-2 record over that span with a victory in Super Bowl XLV. The Cleveland Browns also had interest in McCarthy before zeroing in on other candidates for the job.

21 responses to “Mike McCarthy says it was Jets or bust, will be ready to go next year

  1. “My family’s excited. We were eating dinner when I got the message [about the Jets], and they all started cheering. So it was kind of funny. I think it tells you where they’re at.”

    His family must be Jets fans.

  2. Possible openings next year? Buffalo, Washington, NYG, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Houston and Atlanta…not guaranteed, but a few of those guys could be feeling the heat after another unimpressive season.

  3. Family first. Getting paid. Staying in Green Bay until something comes along. Expect to see him on television soon. Good for him.

  4. “My family’s excited. We were eating dinner when I got the message [about the Jets], and they all started cheering. So it was kind of funny. I think it tells you where they’re at.”

    Really?, I kinda figured the obvious next move from 13 years in Green Bay, Wisconsin would New York City?
    My question is if Mike’s family never wanted any part of NYC & Mike’s only spot he wanted was NYC do they not speak to each other?

  5. Make no mistake about it, I believe there is no way he was going to the Jets if his family wanted no part, he is waiting for the Vikings job next year so he can stick it to GB. (at least his hope is to get back at GB) it won’t work.

  6. Shinnbone says:
    January 10, 2019 at 7:30 am
    “My family’s excited. We were eating dinner when I got the message [about the Jets], and they all started cheering. So it was kind of funny. I think it tells you where they’re at.”

    Really?, I kinda figured the obvious next move from 13 years in Green Bay, Wisconsin would New York City?
    My question is if Mike’s family never wanted any part of NYC & Mike’s only spot he wanted was NYC do they not speak to each other?
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    That’s because children don’t make employment decisions for their parents. The kids still have feelings and preferences. Sounds to me like they made their feelings and preferences known. Mike gets it. He laughed.

  7. I don’t think it was “His family wanted no part of NY.” I think it was “His family didn’t want to leave Green Bay at all.” His wife is from the area and Green Bay is the only home his kids have ever known.
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  8. Why do some of you read his family cheering as that they didn’t want him in New York or with the Jets? That’s clearly that they want their dad and husband home, a sentiment most coaches express that their families have. I mean the ones that care about them. Who wants to see their family member one or two months out of the year tops and in passing for 2 hours a day during seasons?

  9. He needs this rest to reinvent himself. The expectations would have been too high in Cleveland or New York IMO. He started with a Favre he then brought a guy who played behind Favre for 3 years along – and had success in year 2 of that regime – so basically had the pieces to work with both offensively and defensively. Until the defense fell apart and he had to start over with Capers he didnt win the big one – so his focus is on offense. He needs to take time and reinvent himself offensively and look at how much attention he pays to the defensive and ST sides of the ball because a lot of his shortcomings have come from that. Good luck and all the best – and I look forward to you talking on TV

  10. Should have taken the Miami Dolphins job if he was offered. 1) A great area of the country 2) If he wants a new QB instead of Tanahill, DRAFT a young stud to teach. 3) Running game isnt bad at all and some OK WR’s. 4) a chance to RESTORE a great franchise.

  11. Love all the Joe six-pack comments. The guy is a multi-millionaire, which most people can’t relate to. He now has the luxury of choosing when, if ever, he wants to work again.

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 10, 2019 at 8:10 am
    I don’t think it was “His family wanted no part of NY.” I think it was “His family didn’t want to leave Green Bay at all.”

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    Or it has nothing to do with location, and his wife and kids were just happy that he’d actually be around and not traveling and working constantly.

  13. If your a great coach you shouldn’t need the perfect situation. I think teams want a coach who’s hungry and McCarthy may find he’s not the perfect situation for teams wanting to hire a coach.

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