Former Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy, plans on sitting out 2019 season. The coach hopes to make his return to coaching in 2020.
After 13 seasons as the Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy, made it known he will not be on an NFL sideline in 2019. The long-time Packers coach did not get the opportunity he was hoping for after the New York Jets filled their vacancy with hiring ex-Miami Dolphins head coach, Adam Gase yesterday.
McCarthy planned on either becoming the Jets head coach or sitting out the 2019 season altogether, as he declined to interview with the Cleveland Browns prior to their hiring of Freddie Kitchens as head coach.
“I’ll be locked and loaded and ready to go for next year,” McCarthy told ESPN. “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 (Jets informing McCarthy of their decision to roll with Gase), and they all started cheering. I think it tells you where they’re at.”
McCarthy enjoyed majority success during his tenure as Packers head coach. Over the span of 13 seasons the Packers went 135-85-2, while winning Super Bowl XLV. The team dismissed the head coach with four weeks left in the 2018 regular season.
McCarthy puts himself at the top of the list now for potential head coaching candidates in 2020. A year off could really benefit the coach as he steps back from a pretty ugly divorce with the Packers, but more notably Aaron Rodgers.
The head coach was under a lot of scrutiny for his damaged relationship with the Packers’ franchise quarterback. Reports towards the end of the coach’s tenure suggest the quarterback and coach no longer got along or saw eye-to-eye.
CBS cameras captured a very frustrated Rodgers during a game versus the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 season. After taking a sack late in the third quarter, Rodgers looked to the sideline in the direction of McCarthy, “Stupid f***ing call!” And then again. “Stupid f***ing call!” The following week, when the quarterback walked into an individual meeting with McCarthy, the head coach had the film pulled up on the screen, ready to review.
Teams moving forward will question McCarthy and that very relationship with Rodgers when considering the ex-Packers coach for their vacancies.
McCarthy’s success as a head coach in the league cannot be overlooked. The coach seems to be taking the approach of sitting out for a season and letting the perfect job to fall into his lap. Just as ex-Arizona Cardinals head coach, Bruce Arians, did this past season, while he now becomes Tampa Bay Buccaneers new head coach heading into 2019.
Potential openings next year could include the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans or the Pittsburgh Steelers.
McCarthy seemed intrigued about the idea of coaching in New York with the Jets, so he’ll probably keep an eye on the potential Giants opening if Pat Shurmur gets the boot.
The ex-Packers coach could also trust his quarterback development skills enough to take on a tough task in Jacksonville and identify a franchise quarterback for the team, while enjoying a defense with talent across the board. He could also be an option for the Texans if the team doesn’t take a step forward in DeShaun Watson’s third season.
Maybe the Steelers get fed up with Mike Tomlin and what appears to be a coach losing his locker room. Perhaps they hire the coach that beat them in Super Bowl XLV. The Lions job could be open if the Matt Patrica era doesn’t improve. Could you imagine McCarthy joining forces with a talented quarterback in Matthew Stafford and being given the opportunity to get revenge on the Packers twice a year?
All those options, and probably many more, are likely on the table for McCarthy as he awaits his return to the sidelines in 2020. As far as 2019 is concerned, McCarthy is enjoying his free time with his family.