Mike McCarthy’s interview for Cleveland Browns HC reportedly ‘on hold’
The Cleveland Browns were expected to interview Mike McCarthy for their head coaching vacancy, but those talks have reportedly been put on hold.
The Cleveland Browns talked to former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy or his representatives about the head coaching vacancy, but those talks were put ‘on hold,’ according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
The 55-years-old coach was expected to interview for the Browns head coaching vacancy last week, but the Browns reportedly pushed the interview back to this week. However, it now appears that McCarthy may not interview for the job at all.
The Browns have reportedly been interested in the former Packers head coach since he was fired on December 2nd. However, the two sides have not interviewed yet, despite the reported connection between the two sides.
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McCarthy was expected to be a serious candidate for the Browns head coach position because of his relationship with the Browns front office. Browns general manager John Dorsey spent several years in the Packers organization when McCarthy was in Green Bay.
Browns assistant general manager, Eliot Wolf, and Vice President of Player Personnel, Alonzo Highsmith, were also working in the Packers personnel department during McCarthy’s time as Green Bay’s head coach. Wolf is on the Browns head coach search committee.
McCarthy received praise at the beginning of his tenure as the Packers head coach for his offensive prowess. His offense, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV.
However, over the past few seasons in Green Bay, Rodgers and the offense has struggled, leading to disagreements between McCarthy and Rodgers. It reportedly reached a point that Rodgers would ignore McCarthy’s play calls. McCarthy’s inability to coexist with Rodgers was a key factor in his firing.
In 13 seasons as the Packers head coach, McCarthy compiled a 125-77-2 record. The Packers won six NFC North division titles and reached the playoffs nine times during his tenure. However, the Packers did not reach the playoffs the last two seasons of McCarthy’s tenure.
McCarthy has also interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching vacancy. New York is conducting a thorough search, similar to how the Browns are running their search for their next head coach.