According to Jason La Canfora, former Packers HC Mike McCarthy is “preparing in earnest” for a return to the NFL in 2020.
La Canfora says that McCarthy has been reviewing film each week and lining up potential staff should he land another head-coaching job next year.
McCarthy interviewed for a few jobs during the last coaching cycle, but elected to sit out the year and spend time with his family before seeing what his options are at a later point.
La Canfora mentions that with fewer “hot coordinators” than usual and the fact that most of this year’s rookie head coaches are struggling, some executives around the league believe established former head coaches are going to be in higher demand in 2020. La Canfora adds that McCarthy’s resume and numerous playoff appearances should carry “considerable appeal” with owners trying to keep a window of contention open.
As of now, the Redskins will be looking for a new head coach and the Falcons are widely expected to move on from Dan Quinn. Other jobs could be available, depending on how things play out in the second half.
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 in Week 13 of last year.
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.