Mike McCarthy does not want to fade into obscurity just yet. He has been hitting up the media and doing a lot of interviews lately to get his name back out there in a more positive light than just harassing high school sports officials. Yahoo Sports has aptly titled it the Mike McCarthy Redemption Tour.
While McCarthy did leave the Green Bay Packers mostly in shambles, it’s still important to acknowledge that he led the team for 13-years with a 61% win rate. He still has an impressive resume for a league that where head coaches have been dropping like flies lately. While he certainly was not working out in Green Bay anymore, he may still have what it takes to lead a team.
I was surprised he didn’t claim any of the vacancies during this past offseason, but it seems like there should be plenty for him to choose from next offseason.
According to ESPN, these are the openings that may be available for McCarthy:
Panteras de Carolina
Likely to Be Vacant Soon:
Halcones de Atlanta
Vaqueros de Dallas
Leones de Detroit
Jaguares de Jacksonville
Gigantes de Nueva York
Will anyone even want the guy, though? Remember that the Cleveland Browns did not even offer him an interview. That is like looking for an entry-level job and getting snubbed by McDonald’s. It also seems like McCarthy only wants a head coach position and, at this point, is not willing to settle for less.
I think his lack of success snatching up a position last season was mostly due to all the coverage of his Green Bay ousting. Hiring him would have been too much of a distraction. Of course, that was before his replacement, Matt LaFleur, ended up going 10-3 and putting his name in the Packers’ history books his first season. However, one thing working to his advantage on that is that the Packers’ wins this season have not been the prettiest — to say the least.
"I'm not trying to just go win one, I'm trying to win them all."
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The McCarthy Project
When I first saw “The McCarthy Project”, I thought it might be some great new fast food hack from our boy Mike. Instead, he has assembled a team of coaches(Jim Haslett, Frank Cignetti Jr. and Scott McCurley) to analyze film and keep his coaching instincts sharp and current.
Mike recently spoke with Tom Pelissero of NFL.com about this and his eyeing to return to the NFL:
If you truly want to learn about yourself, you probably need to look at your last opportunity and keep an eye on it, because you have to be transparent. You have to be honest about, how can you do things better? And it’s all part of this process. Once you get past the emotion — the negative emotion of it all — it’s a great opportunity to shine a bright light on it and grow.
To do it right and to be in position to win it every year, that’s what I’m looking for. So that’s the opportunity, that’s who I want to be paired with. And I’m not trying to just go win one, I’m trying to win them all. And I’ve always taken that approach. That’s always been my outlook. And every decision that’s ever been made towards the football team, it was A, number one, what’s best for the locker room? And it’s about moving that locker room forward, ’cause nothing ever stays the same. You’re either getting better or you’re going the other way. And that’s in life and in football.
I thought [being head coach at Green Bay] was clearly the best coaching job that I was part of, in maybe my whole career. The players were tremendous. We just couldn’t stay healthy. That first half of the season was one of the worst stretches that we had, and the team just gutted it out. We got to the NFC Championship Game (a 44-21 loss at Atlanta). That was a very difficult year. And then ’17, we were getting hurt up there in Minnesota, and so it kind of spilled into that year.
My focus was always to be better, not bitter. And obviously, there was bitter moments, frankly, early in that transition. I think that’s natural. And I think anybody goes through it, that those are natural feelings. At the end of the day, I’m thinking more about beginnings. And I’ve had time to think about the whole 13 years and there’s been a tremendous amount of positive reflection with that. This has been an extremely healthy time for me, personally.
I know there are a lot of negative emotions among Packer fans towards McCarthy that still linger and will continue to do so well into the future. However, the guy does still have enough credibility to land another coaching job in the league — especially with the story of the Mike McCarthy vs Aaron Rodgers drama continuing to fade from memory.
Yahoo Sports made a great point in their coverage that, if McCarthy was confident he had the ability to grab a head coaching position for 2020, he probably would not be making all this noise and drawing attention to himself.