Mike McCarthy Not Interested In Cardinals’ HC Job; Latest On GM Steve Keim

We learned earlier this week that former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is interested in the Cardinals’ head coaching job, which is expected to become available in short order. However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that McCarthy does not want the gig after all, and that he is likely to sit out the 2019 campaign.

If that is the case, it is not for a lack of trying on the Cardinals’ part. La Canfora says that Arizona offered McCarthy control over personnel as well as the on-field product, but McCarthy is content to wait for the perfect opportunity, and it does not appear that the Cardinals’ job is particularly attractive at the moment. There is concern in coaching circles about quarterback Josh Rosen‘s long-term future, and the roster as a whole does not engender much optimism.

Of course, if McCarthy were to accept Arizona’s overtures, current GM Steve Keim would be fired. However, since the Cardinals are not likely to attract McCarthy or any other coach that would be a legitimate candidate to also run the personnel side of things, La Canfora says Keim is likely to return in 2019. Indeed, Keim has already been putting together a list of head coaching candidates in preparation for the upcoming hiring cycle.

One name on Keim’s list could be Jim Caldwell, whom the Packers have already interviewed for McCarthy’s former post. Albert Breer of SI.com reports that Caldwell is likely to be considered for the Cardinals’ job, and even if the team does the unexpected and retains current HC Steve Wilks, Arizona would be interested in Caldwell as a coordinator on Wilks’ staff, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

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12 comments on “Mike McCarthy Not Interested In Cardinals’ HC Job; Latest On GM Steve Keim

      • ohiodevil

        If he wins today at Baltimore then he may have a shot, otherwise no.

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      • ohiodevil

        He’s won all 5 of his games vs non playoff teams (Cincy x2, Atlanta, Carolina and Denver). All that shows is he can beat the bottom of the league and not the good teams (see the Kansas City anf Houston games). Sure that’s an improvement but that is also how you go 7-9, 8-8 or 9-7 each year and are Jeff Fisher.

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        • axisofhonor25

          Given that the team didn’t win anything the first two seasons despite record is an achievement for those guys. even without beating Baltimore they kept it competitive. Williams realistically got a shot.

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          • ohiodevil

            Just listened to Dorsey’s press conference and while he said he plans to sit down and talk with Williams and Kitchens, it didn’t sound like he had as big a shot as people think. As a Browns fan I will trust Dorsey’s decision.

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  1. goldenmisfit

    Really have to love Cleveland fans screaming please no McCarthy. The guy has a Super Bowl ring and has been in the playoffs 10 of his 13 seasons. You would think if that was his resume as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns the Cleveland Browns fans would be keeping them selves and gravy and dancing on the rooftops.

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    • jb19

      Having A Rod masks his coach deficiencies. Look how the team performed under Hundley in 2017. Hundley was in the system for 3 years and was completely lost. McCarthy can’t call plays and couldn’t make it work with a generational QB for the past couple seasons. Pass.

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    • ohiodevil

      His Super Bowl win was 8 years ago….The league has completely passed him by. Just about everyone that knows him says he refuses to change. If he’s such a great hire, why did the Packers fire him? The Browns have been garbage since 1999, but it’s time for them to find the next great coach and leave the retreads to other teams.

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    • Phattey

      Boy hasn’t won anything without Aaron , my all time favorite quote was when mike came out and said he wasn’t looking for a qb when Rodgers went down because he had two years invested in Brett Hundley and knew what he was capable of .. then proceeded to be one of the worst QBs ever statistically

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  2. Bubba

    OMG McCarthy couldn’t coach more/less running an entire organization. We dodged a massive mistake there.

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