The Cleveland Browns made their head coaching hire today, giving the job to offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.
The Browns’ job was considered to be one of the – if not the – top jobs available, with several high-profile coaches being mentioned for it.
One of those coaches was former Green Bay Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy.
According to a new report, the Browns actually wanted to hire McCarthy, but the offer came with a stipulation and he declined it.
“(They) wanted to hire Mike McCarthy as head coach with stipulation Freddie Kitchens remain with team as OC, McCarthy declined,” Les Levine reported on 92.3 The Fan today.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) January 9, 2019
NFL insider Benjamin Allbright seemed to confirm this, too:
“I can tell you Mike McCarthy wanted the job, and the Browns wanted him but he did not want to keep Freddie Kitchens as OC,” he reports.
I can tell you Mike McCarthy wanted the job, and the Browns wanted him but he did not want to keep Freddie Kitchens as OC
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 9, 2019
McCarthy is now reportedly focused on the New York Jets’ job, telling other teams that it’s the only job he’ll consider.
New York, though, could be focused on Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.