Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who was dismissed earlier this month, now is getting overtures from NFL teams considering head-coaching modifications, league sources told ESPN.
Nevertheless, it’s unclear as of this time whether McCarthy will immediately return to the head-coaching rankings, according to sources. He still has a year remaining on his contract with the Packers, and unless he finds out the ideal fit, he might choose to take a year off before researching the job market again at this time next year.
But McCarthy is likely to draw interest and possible offerings — possibly, according to sourcesfrom the former Green Bay coworkers John Dorsey, Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf, who currently run the Cleveland Browns‘ front office.
Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam have strong voices within the Cleveland organization, and so they have been said to become determined to hand off their search for Dorsey and team. But some sources still believe the Haslams will soon be involved in virtually any head-coaching search.
Some Packers assistant coaches thought last year which McCarthy might land in Arizona from the Cardinals’ empty endeavor, according to sources. McCarthy was fired Dec. 2, just hours after the Packers lost in magnificent fashion at home to the lowly Cardinals.
McCarthy was 125-77-2 at 13 seasons, also 10-8 from the postseason. He coached the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season, however, Green Bay also dropped in three NFC Championship Games under McCarthy, most recently in 2016.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to the report.