The New York Jets are set to interview Mike McCarthy for their vacant head coaching position, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Sources: The #Jets are expected to interview former #Packers coach Mike McCarthy for their vacant head coach position. #NYJ has one of the more coveted jobs and McCarthy would get to work with Sam Darnold. This is his first known interview.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2019
McCarthy was fired by the Green Bay Packers after a Week 13 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals - ending his 13-year tenure with the organization. The Jets' head coach position opened up after Todd Bowles was fired, following four seasons in charge.
The 55-year-old McCarthy is going to be one of the most sought-after head coaching candidates, given his impressive track record in Green Bay. McCarthy went 125-77-2 in his 13 years - highlighted by a Super Bowl XLV championship in the 2010 season.
Green Bay made the Packers nine times in the McCarthy era, winning six NFC North division titles and reaching four Conference Championship games. The Packers unfortunately had to make the difficult decision of firing McCarthy in the midst of a second consecutive losing and non-playoff season.
This year's market for potential head coaches doesn't feature many enticing and intriguing names. It's unknown if Bruce Arians is truly planning to come out of retirement, and Jim Harbaugh is expected to remain at the University of Michigan. As such, McCarthy stands out more than most other potential coaching candidates.
The Jets have missed the playoffs every year since 2011, with 2015 being their only winning season in that span. Bowles could only do so much with a flawed New York team that's been horribly mismanaged for the last decade.
New York does have some nice building blocks to work around, however. Quarterback Sam Darnold, pass rusher Leonard Williams and safety Jamal Adams give this team some hope for the future. They're still a few pieces and the right coaching hire away from becoming relevant again, though.
What This Means
The Jets would be wise to hire a coach like McCarthy, who has a championship and plenty of playoff success on his resume. Though his tenure in Green Bay ended on a sour note, McCarthy's experience as a long-time winner and genius on both sides of the ball make him a terrific candidate.