Mere hours after the Green Bay Packers released head coach Mike McCarthy, rumors are circulating that the Cleveland Browns are considering McCarthy to take over in Cleveland and guide the Browns as they try and turn Baker Mayfield into a star.
The Cleveland Browns may choose to play out the rest of this horrid season under Gregg Williams and then bring in McCarthy as their next head coach. If the Browns do choose to go this way, it will bring their search for a Hue Jackson replacement — the coach the Browns fired earlier this season — to an end.
The original report of this rumor comes from Fansided's Matt Verderame.
Browns are potentially looking to hire Mike McCarthy. pic.twitter.com/9RUS6WAF9x— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) December 3, 2018
While fans in Cleveland will be mixed on the speculation the Browns may bring in McCarthy, on many levels, as Verderame notes, the connection makes sense. McCarthy has obvious ties to the Cleveland front office, namely general manager John Dorsey, vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith and assistant general manager Eliot Wolf, all of whom worked with McCarthy while he was in Green Bay.
What This Means
If there's any truth to these rumors, McCarthy, who was fired after 13 seasons in Green Bay, may not be out of work for very long. There will be plenty of fans who don't buy into this report, (or at the very least, hope it isn't true) but if the Browns were unsure of what move they wanted to make next and all of a sudden seem excited about the prospect of landing McCarthy as the next head coach, there's a good chance this coming together will be inevitable.
Should it happen, McCarthy will get the chance to guide rising star Baker Mayfield. The jury is still out on whether or not that is a good thing.