Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been among the top candidates for a new head coaching job since being fired by the Packers mid-season. Now that a quarter of the NFL is looking for a new head coach, McCarthy is getting right into the interview process, and his first interview will be with an AFC East cellar-dweller.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the New York Jets are expected to interview McCarthy for their vacant head coaching job.
The job was opened on Sunday night following the dismissal of former head coach Todd Bowles.
The Jets finished the 2018 season with a 4-12 record, and terminated Bowles after a 24-40 record in four seasons.
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
The Jets are an appealing option for just about any coaching candidate for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons are the presence of promising young quarterback Sam Darnold and the estimated $100 million in cap space the team is expected to have this offseason.
McCarthy went 125-77-2 in 13 seasons in Green Bay, capturing six NFC North titles during his tenure.
In the 2010 season, he led the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.