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Browns put Mike McCarthy on hold as coaching search continues

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The Cleveland Browns in their search for a new head coach have spoken to Mike McCarthy and his camp, but will not make a decision as of Monday afternoon.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Browns are looking to interview other candidates. They are still going to interview others for the position.

Meanwhile, former Green Bay Packers head coach McCarthy remains a strong candidate for the New York Jets head coaching position as well.

McCarthy had been the coach of the Packers since 2006, putting his tenure in Wisconsin at over 12 years. In his thirteenth season, he was fired after Week 13 on account of the poor quarterback play from Aaron Rodgers as well as back-to-back subpar seasons with a combined 11-16-1 record.

Overall, McCarthy has gone 125-77-2 as a head coach giving him a very healthy 61.8 winning percentage. He is respected across the league by many franchises, and will very likely have a job by next season.

The Browns fired their head coach Hue Jackson eight games into the season after going 2-5-1 with a revamped roster. Overall, he lost over 30 games in three seasons under the helm. Interim head coach Gregg Williams then came in and provided Cleveland with some winning football. He went 5-3 for the rest of the year.

The Browns have interviewed Williams but are highly unlikely to retain his services. They’ll be looking for a fresh staff to replace Jackson’s to kickstart a new era under quarterback Baker Mayfield. They have reportedly also shown interest in Patriot’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Josh McDaniels.