CLEVELAND — Mike McCarthy, who the Browns interviewed for the head coach position last week, will instead head to Texas to coach the Dallas Cowboys.
According to Fox Sports and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McCarthy will bring his 26 years of NFL experience to the Cowboys, who went 85-67 under Jason Garrett, who coached the team from 2010 to 2019.
McCarthy was the first coach to be interviewed by the Browns after Freddie Kitchens was fired following a lackluster season that ended with a loss to the Bengals last month.
A Pittsburgh native who rose up the ranks as an offensive assistant for decades before landing a head coaching job with the Green Bay Packers, McCarthy won 10 playoff games, including a Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
McCarthy, 56, was out of the game in 2019 but kept busy by studying league trends, watching film and preparing as if he were a leader of the league’s “33 staff,” according to an NFL Network profile.
Under his leadership, Green Bay's offense didn't miss a beat transitioning from Hall of Famer Brett Favre to future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.
McCarthy interviewed with the Cowboys over the weekend, and also spoke to the Panthers and Giants about their vacancies.
Among the other prospects for the Browns' head coach position are 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. The Browns are interviewing Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll today. And while there were rumors that former OSU coach Urban Meyer was in consideration, owner Jimmy Haslam said last week that they are looking for a head coach with NFL experience.