Although former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has generated plenty of interested among other teams, there is only one vacancy that he has his eyes on.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McCarthy is only pursuing the New York Jets' head coaching gig, and he's not interested in any others. McCarthy has already interviewed with New York, and his meeting with the Cleveland Browns has but put on hold, according to multiple reports.
McCarthy was fired by the Packers after a shocking home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, ending his 13-year tenure with the organization. Even though his time in Green Bay ended on a sour note, McCarthy has been one of the more successful head coaches of the 21st century.
The 55-year-old McCarthy went 125-77-2 as head coach during his tenure in Green Bay, highlighted by a Super Bowl XLV championship. McCarthy also led the Packers to six NFC North division titles and three NFC Championship Game appearances.
New York's vacancy opened up after they fired Todd Bowles, ending his four-year tenure with the team. The Jets haven't reached the playoffs in eight years, but there are a trio of franchise cornerstones in place - quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive end Leonard Williams and safety Jamal Adams.
Should McCarthy land the role in New York, his immediate goal will be to help Darnold improve more as a starter in his sophomore year. Darnold did show some flashes during his rookie season, but he did make a fair share of mistakes as well.
What This Means
If McCarthy is truly set on the Jets and nobody else, that could be a sign that they're close to hiring him. It wouldn't make sense for McCarthy to put all of his eggs in one basket, unless he was fully confident in getting the gig.
Either way, it doesn't sound like McCarthy will be on the market much longer.