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Reports: Mike McCarthy set to interview with Browns, Jets

Posted at 8:32 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 21:32:28-05

Mike McCarthy may have been relieved of his duties nearly one month ago in Green Bay, but he's in demand across the NFL, where eight teams are without a head coach.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that McCarthy will interview with the New York Jets for their head coach vacancy.

Later Tuesday evening, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported McCarthy would be interviewing with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. It's unclear if that interview will happen before or after the Jets one.

In Cleveland, McCarthy would have the opportunity to work with Baker Mayfield. In New York, he'd be able to develop another young, promising quarterback in Sam Darnold.

With his 125-77-2 regular-season record and nine trips to the playoffs, including a Super Bowl win in 2010 and three NFC championship appearances, McCarthy is one of the few proven head coaching candidates in what many consider a thin field this offseason.

Once he was fired Dec. 2, McCarthy's name surfaced early on in the Cleveland Browns' head coach search. Former Packers Director of Player Personnel and current Browns GM John Dorsey has assembled a staff McCarthy would be familiar with, including Green Bay alums like Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith. The Browns confirmed Monday their interim head coach, Gregg Williams, was the first to be interviewed for the job.