Mike McCarthy won’t be roaming any NFL sidelines in 2019.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the former Green Bay Packers coach is planning to sit out the next year after losing out on the New York Jets’ head-coaching job, which went to former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
The Packers fired McCarthy after a surprising home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 2, ending a 13-year run in Green Bay. He won 125 regular-season games, 10 playoff games and a Super Bowl between 2006 and 2018.
His contract with the Packers still has another year, meaning McCarthy can sit out the 2019 season, collect a sizable paycheck and start preparing for the hiring cycle in 2020.
McCarthy was reportedly heavily interested in landing the Jets’ job. Although New York hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010, the year McCarthy won the Super Bowl in Green Bay, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold provided a potentially bright future.
Instead of picking McCarthy, the Jets went with Gase, who lasted only three years as the Dolphins coach. Counting the playoffs, McCarthy and Gase won the same number of games between 2015-18.
McCarthy, 55, lives in Green Bay with his wife, Jessica, and their five children.