McCarthy was fired by the Packers after a Week 13 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and despite being one of the biggest names available in the coaching market, the 55-year-old didn't earn all that much interest from other teams.
The New York Jets interviewed McCarthy for their vacancy, and it was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that he was only interested in their gig. The Jets wound up hiring Adam Gase as head coach, thus helping McCarthy decide that he was going to sit out.
"Family excited about dad at home for 2019," McCarthy said, per Pelissero. "That’s all that matters as we both know."
McCarthy was also linked to the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job, but they wound up promoting offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to fill the role instead. With most coaching vacancies now filled up, there isn't a reasonable landing spot for McCarthy, who should have no problem generating more interest on the open market next year.
In his 13 seasons as head coach, McCarthy led the Packers to the playoffs nine times, highlighted by a Super Bowl XLV championship. He also guided the Packers to six NFC North division titles and four NFC Championship Games.
McCarthy's tenure in Green Bay ended on a sour note as the team unraveled in November. With Aaron Rodgers now 35 years of age and running out of prime years, the Packers decided a change was necessary.
What This Means
It makes sense for McCarthy to sit out the season if there aren't any good fits for him. When more jobs open up in 2019, you can bet that McCarthy's phone will be taking a lot of calls. Don't expect him to be out of work for long.