McCarthy could be an option for the Carolina Panthers.
The coaching search for the Carolina Panthers has already begun. According to multiple media reports, the Carolina Panthers interviewed former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
The interview took place after the Carolina Panthers lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. McCarthy has not been a head coach in the National Football League for just over a year. He was fired by the Packers on December 2, 2018. The move was expected, but somewhat significant, given the fact that McCarthy had been the head coach of the Green Bay Packers for 13 seasons.
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This tidbit of information is certainly interesting to me. Given where the Carolina Panthers are with their quarterbacks, McCarthy would certainly be a step in the right direction compared to what they have now. However, there were times when he was extremely conservative as a play caller. That was one of his biggest weaknesses as a head coach. There were people who said that McCarthy held back Aaron Rodgers when the former was a head coach, and I certainly saw that while watching Green Bay Packers games over the years.
He certainly wouldn’t be my first choice, but he would be able to bring veteran experience. Especially in postseason play, McCarthy has been there and done that. He has a 10-8 record in the postseason, including a Super Bowl win in 2010. That type of experience would certainly be helpful for a Carolina Panthers team that hasn’t experienced postseason play since the 2017 season.
He is definitely not my first choice. Truthfully, my first choice would be Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
McCarthy is not the perfect candidate, but he would be the type of coach that the Panthers need right now. They need veteran leadership, and a coach who understands what it takes to get the job done. McCarthy checks off both of those boxes.
It will be interesting to see how the interviewing process for head coaches turns out. I’m sure McCarthy is not going to be the last coach the team meets with over these next couple of weeks. Whoever gets the job will enter a very difficult transitional period. I certainly wouldn’t want the job right now, as the team is definitely in a tough spot.