Mike McCarthy gave up on Cleveland Browns because he felt Freddie Kitchens was the frontrunner
Many believed before the offseason started that Mike McCarthy would be a favorite for the Cleveland Browns coaching job. Things fell apart for the Browns and McCarthy and a big reason was that McCarthy realized that Freddie Kitchens and the Browns looked to be the match.
McCarthy was supposed to be the first guy interviewed from outside of the organization, but the Browns lined up others first instead. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, McCarthy decided to pull his name before an interview was even conducted.
By early this week, McCarthy made it clear that the Jets job was the only one he was still interested in, and the Browns didn’t clamor to line something up.
McCarthy may have known that Kitchens was the frontrunner, and decided not to get involved.
Regardless, McCarthy was never a serious candidate for the Browns, and by the end, he wasn’t interested in them either.
The Jets also decided to go in a different direction, hiring Adam Gase, and McCarthy has said he will wait until next year to try and get back into the league. It will be interesting to see what McCarthy decides to do with his year off but it might serve him well to do a tour of the league and learn from some of the other coaches.
McCarthy was a really good coach with the Green Bay Packers, but things had run their course and it was time for some new blood. The Packers hired Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to lead the team.