As the 2018 NFL Regular Season comes to a close there are a whopping 8 teams looking for new Head Coaches with a plethora of candidates that includes former coaches, current college coaches, and coordinators looking to make the leap. As seen in Business Insider, and on ESPN, and many other sources, the following teams have thrown their hats in the ring with the hopes of enticing the “right” man. They include the Miami Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and the New York Jets.
It seems that the name that comes up across the board is the pursuit of the Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy. He and Mike McCarthy have already interviewed for the Jets position. The word on the street is that McCarthy holds the Jets as his first choice and why not. The Jets don’t have quite the number of young talent as other teams, but with Sam Darnold, a slew of draft picks, and a good amount of cap space in the coming seasons, whoever takes over this captain-ship will be in a position to turn the ship around. A leader wants and needs the flexibility to be effective. And perhaps hiring a veteran in Mike McCarthy would reduce the amount of learning curve usually found evident in the hiring of a younger, less experienced coach.
The art of coaching is found in the ability to look at your talent and put them in a position to be successful. You’ve got to give praise to Coach John Harbaugh of the Ravens, who’s team pivoted into a system that made Lamar Jackson succeed when Joe Flacco went down…6-1 down the stretch though struggled in the playoff loss to the Chargers.
Who knows, if McCarthy presents the right formula in his talks to the Jets brass, as to how to turn this team around, we might see him on their sideline next Fall.