Arizona Cardinals willing to give Mike McCarthy full control of organization
After head coach Bruce Arians retired at the end of last season, the Arizona Cardinals hired Steve Wilks, who was previously the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Carolina Panthers. However, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Cardinals are unlikely to bring Wilks back, and Mike McCarthy is one name that they’re looking at as a replacement.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that Arizona’s ownership is willing to give McCarthy, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers, full control of the organization. La Canfora added that sources told him that Arizona would have to fire general manager Steve Keim.
Yet, despite the power they’d be willing to give McCarthy, sources told La Canfora that he doesn’t intend on pursuing the opening.
This past offseason, the Cardinals drafted rookie quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick. Rosen and the Cardinals have struggled, as they’ve gone 3-11 as of Week 16 and 3-9 since Rosen took over for Sam Bradford.
As of Week 16, Rosen has thrown for 2,129 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
The Cardinals also fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after a 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 7. They promoted quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich, and since then their offense has improved, thanks in part to an increased focus on running back David Johnson.
McCarthy was fired by the Packers after a Week 12 loss to the Cardinals, following 13 years at the helm. McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers won the 2011 Super Bowl, but 2018 will be the second consecutive season that Green Bay has missed the playoffs.