The Jets may have lost Kliff Kingsbury to the Cardinals on Tuesday, but another candidate only his eyes set on Gang Green.
Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reportedly doesn't want to be considered and won't pursue another head coaching vacancy other than the Jets, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano wrote this past weekend that McCarthy had "warmed" to the idea of coaching the Jets as he went into his formal interivew with the team on Saturday. Well, if Schefter's report is true, McCarthy was thoroughly impressed by the organization and only wants to lead their squad in 2019.
The 55-year-old, who was ousted by the Packers midseason, had previously turned down an interview with the Cardinals. And he was supposed to be interviewing with the Browns this week after a rescheduling, but this news would seem that it won't be happening at all. The Browns are reportedly choosing between interim OC Freddie Kitchens and former Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski anyway.
McCarthy is the most accomplished coach still on the market, having made nine trips to the playoffs with four NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl ring to his name. He has also helped develop a quarterback named Aaron Rodgers since he was drafted, which is a good sign for Sam Darnold.
The Jets have also interviewed former Dolphins coach Adam Gase, former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard, Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken, and they've spoken with Baylor coach Matt Rhule.
But McCarthy is making it clear he wants New York to be his new home. It will be the Jets' move, now, to make that marriage official.