Report: Panthers interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy for head coaching job
Mike McCarthy is hoping to return to the NFL in 2020 as a head coach and there’s already been one team who’s shown interest. According to Adam Schefter, the Carolina Panthers interviewed McCarthy for their head coaching job.
Panthers interviewed former Packers’ HC Mike McCarthy for their head-coaching job after their game against the Colts on Sunday, per league sources. Panthers declined comment on the coaching search.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2019
The interview reportedly took place following the Panthers’ loss against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Nevertheless, it shows that Carolina isn’t wasting any time trying to find the right coach to replace Ron Rivera.
The Panthers fired Rivera after a devastating loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 13. During his time with the Panthers, Rivera led the team to a 76-63-1 record and made a Super Bowl appearance with the team in 2015.
As for McCarthy, he is one year removed from the NFL after spending 13 seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ head coach. Similarly to Rivera, McCarthy was fired in 2018 as the head coach in Green Bay following a Week 13 loss.
While with the Packers, McCarthy boasted an impressive 125-77-2 record. Above all, he was a catalyst in Green Bay being able to take home the Lombardi trophy in 2010.
McCarthy being interviewed by the Panthers shouldn’t come as surprise with David Tepper—Carolina’s owner—being involved. Tepper, just like McCarthy, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition, Tepper wants to bring in someone who can instill a winning culture in Carolina. Even with how McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay ended, he still was able to secure a Super Bowl for the Packers.
It remains to be seen if McCarthy is at the top of Carolina’s list of coaches. Considering that he received an interview already shows there is mutual interest from both sides.