Mike McCarthy might not be out of a job for long.
But McCarthy might not have too long of a wait to land a new job in the NFL. According to Matt Verderame of FanSided, the Cleveland Browns “are planning to replace Gregg Williams with Mike McCarthy as their next head coach”.
"“Sources have told FanSided that the Browns are already working on whether they will hire McCarthy. McCarthy has obvious ties to the Cleveland front office, most-notably general manager John Dorsey, vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith and assistant general manager Eliot Wolf.”"
McCarthy would be a good fit for the Browns and would get the opportunity to make a fresh start.
The Browns have already made improvements this season, partly due to the play of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, and hiring McCarthy could help the team take the next step.
Despite the Packers’ struggles this season, McCarthy hasn’t suddenly become a bad coach. It’s just possible he, and the Packers, needed a change.
Without being in the building it’s impossible to know exactly why this team has struggled in recent years, but clearly president Mark Murphy feels now was the time to make a change.
The Packers, like the Browns, are searching for their next permanent head coach. Both teams are 4-7-1 after Week 13.
It’s entirely possible McCarthy will be reunited with John Dorsey, Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf in Cleveland next season. He may also want to bring a few of his assistant coaches with him.
For the Packers, it’s now up to Mark Murphy, likely along with general manager Brian Gutekunst, to find the best candidate to take over the job in Green Bay.
What does this also mean for Packers defensive coordinator and former Browns head coach Mike Pettine?
Pettine has been a key reason why the defense has improved this season, but it’ll be up to the next head coach to put together their own coaching staff. Hopefully that will include Pettine.