Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Cardinals ownership recently reached out to former Packers HC Mike McCarthy to gauge his interest in their soon-to-be-vacant head coaching job.
According to La Canfora, the Cardinals made clear they would make sweeping changes and give McCarthy say over personnel if he was interested. However, McCarthy does not intend to pursue the opening.
La Canfora says Arizona was willing to part ways with GM Steve Keim to make this happen. Although, with McCarthy unlikely to take the job, La Canfora adds that Keim is “very likely” to be back with the team.
Sources have told La Canfora that the Cardinals are unlikely to attract the kind of coach who would garner personnel control and there’s even some trepidation among some coaches about rookie QB Josh Rosen.
Beyond that, parting ways with Steve Wilks after just one season has created some concerns in the coaching community.
La Canfora mentions that the Cardinals preferred candidate last year was Steelers assistant Mike Munchak, so he could be worth keeping an eye on.
Last week, Peter King heard from sources that McCarthy likes Arizona and would be interested in exploring the job.
McCarthy, 55, began his NFL coaching career with the Chiefs back in 1993 as an offensive quality control coordinator. He bounced around with the Packers, Saints and 49ers before the Packers hired him as their head coach in 2006.
The Packers made the decision to move on from McCarthy following their disappointing loss to the Cardinals.
During his 13-year tenure in Green Bay, McCarthy has led the Packers to a record of 125-77-2 (61.8 percent), which includes nine playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in 2010.
We’ll have more regarding McCarthy as the news is available.