Now, we get to find out how much the Jets like Mike.
CEO Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan interviewed former Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Saturday as they continue to search for a new head coach.
McCarthy had dinner with the team brass Friday night then spent several hours Saturday getting grilled by the team’s decision-makers. McCarthy is the third candidate to interview for the job.
Next up for the Jets is a trip to Texas to interview Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard on Sunday. They have also expressed interest in speaking to Baylor coach Matt Rhule, but it is unclear whether an interview has been scheduled. They are slated to meet with Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken on Tuesday.
McCarthy is a popular choice with many fans because of his track record. He has the best résumé of any of the potential coaching candidates. McCarthy was 125-77-2 in the regular season with the Packers in 12-plus seasons before getting fired last month. He won Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season and led Green Bay to the playoffs nine times.
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Hiring a coach who has won a Super Bowl is no guarantee of success, though. Thirteen different coaches who have won a Super Bowl have been hired again (one coach three times). None of them have won a Super Bowl with their next team and just two have reached the big game — Bill Parcells with the Patriots and Mike Holmgren with the Seahawks.
Teams have tried to hire coaches who have won the Lombardi Trophy going all the way back to … Lombardi. The Redskins hired Vince Lombardi after he left the Packers. It is impossible to judge Lombardi’s second stint, which lasted just one year. He led Washington to its first winning record in 14 years, but soon was stricken with cancer and died.
Just five of the 13 coaches who have had second chances somewhere else have a winning record. Parcells is the most successful. After leaving the Giants, he coached the Patriots, Jets and Cowboys and reached the playoffs with each of them. Jimmy Johnson took the Dolphins to the playoffs in three of his four years in Miami, but could not get Dan Marino back to the Super Bowl. Holmgren led Seattle to the postseason six times in 10 years, including Super Bowl XL.
The failures are far more common than the successes. Hank Stram went 7-21 with the Saints after leading the Chiefs to the title in 1969. Mike Ditka could never recreate the magic he created in Chicago during three seasons with the Saints. George Seifert won two titles with the 49ers, but went 1-15 in his last year with the Panthers.
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The Redskins tried bringing back Joe Gibbs, who had won three Super Bowls for them in the 1980s, in 2004. They made the playoffs once, but he left with a losing record after four seasons.
The latest team to hire a coach who already has a Super Bowl ring was the Raiders, who brought back Jon Gruden, who won it all with the Buccaneers, last year. The early returns have not been good, with Oakland going 4-12.
That is not to say McCarthy can’t buck the trend and be a successful coach. He would be the first coach the Jets have hired with prior NFL head coaching experience since Parcells in 1997. Their past five coaches have all been new to the job.
McCarthy also has a strong background working with quarterbacks, which the Jets are looking for with Sam Darnold entering his second season.
The Jets already interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. Former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell is also expected to interview.