New York Jets: In defense of Mike McCarthy for the next head coach

Former head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Former head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

There have been a lot of arguments about why Mike McCarthy should not be the New York Jets coach. Here is a fair argument for why he would be fine.

Could the New York Jets be close to signing their next head coach? According to some reports they might very well be. Or they aren’t.

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Then yesterday, Jason La Canfora reported that McCarthy isn’t taking the job and is going to sit out the season.

We know that nothing is official until it actually comes to pass so we are going to talk about McCarthy’s credentials as the potential next head coach. Many fans aren’t in favor so I will make the case that he would be a fine choice.

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First of all, it’s tough to listen to a narrative that they will be mediocre under McCarthy. A group of the fans believe that hiring him would them between 7-9 and 9-7 every year.

That’s silly. Has he been worse lately? Yes, a record of 11-16-1 is not good. McCarthy has trended down in the last couple of years.

Take those two years out, however, and he had one year out of 11 under eight wins.

He averaged 10.4 wins per season prior to 2017 including four straight seasons of double-digit victories, followed by three straight seasons of the same.

Like Bill Parcells used to say, you are what your record says you are.  Mike McCarthy has done a whole lot of winning.

With that, he brings a reputation of winning. His record speaks for itself and if he were able to come here, players would have a coach with a reputation. That will get their attention and they will have to respect that. McCarthy’s resume speaks for itself.

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Finally, we have the prospect of McCarthy developing Sam Darnold. We cannot talk about the career of McCarthy in Green Bay without talking about him having a hand in developing Aaron Rodgers.

Yes he was going to a team in the first round. But bad coaching could have caused things to go off the rails for Rodgers. He may not have been as good as he was with the wrong coaching.

McCarthy could re-ignite his fire with another young quarterback to develop in New York. It should excite any coach, taking a quarterback that they can mold and turn them into a high-quality player.

Could it be the better choice to hire a guy like Matt Rhule, Kliff Kingsbury or even Eric Bienemy? Sure, it could be. They could be the next great coaches in this league.

But calling Mike McCarthy a bad idea doesn’t make sense. He has had too much success.