McCarthy is the second candidate to be interviewed by the Giants in as many days. Dallas Cowboys assistant Kris Richard was interviewed on Thursday.
McCarthy has a plethora of NFL experience. He began his career in 1993 with the Kansas City Chiefs on Marty Schottenheimer’s staff as a quality control coordinator. He later served as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
McCarthy headed to Titletown in 1999 as the quarterbacks coach before a five-year stint as New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator (2000–04). After the 2004 season, he left New Orleans for a one season stint as San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator.
McCarthy was named the Packers’ 15th head coach at the start of the 2006 season. He is the franchise’s second-winningest head coach in the regular season (125-77-2) and all-time winningest head coach in the postseason (10-8). McCarthy’s Packers made the postseason nine times, won six NFC North titles, made the NFC Championship Game four times, and won Super Bowl XLV.
The Packers got a measure of revenge in the final game of Wild Card Weekend in 2016 when the Packers beat down the Giants. Those Giants were coached by Ben McAdoo, who was a Packers assistant under McCarthy. It remains the Giants’ only postseason appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.
McCarthy was fired with four games remaining in 2018 (just like his protégé McAdoo had been let go a year earlier). There were rumbles of stale play-calling and in game decisions as well as a deteriorated relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
McCarthy. 56, spent 2019 out of the NFL attempting to reinvent himself. He got together with former NFL coaches to break down game film and stay on top of current trends.
In a recent interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, McCarthy unveiled plans for a 14-person technology department he wants to create at his next head coaching stop. He wants this to consist of a six-person video team and an eight-person analytics staff. The department would be led by a chief of football technology with Pro Football Focus data, GPS player tracking, and NFL Next Gen Stats playing a central role.
McCarthy, the most experienced of the Giants’ candidates, is said to be very interested because of the presence of Daniel Jones. His development of Rodgers, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, is very attractive to the Giants.
“I think any young quarterback would like him,” Brett Favre said Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He’s very understandable, much like Brian Daboll at Buffalo and Darrell Bevell (Detroit)…relate to the guys very well…he brings a level of toughness but also a confidence that as a player—as a quarterback for him—you feel confident in the plays that he calls that he’s going to call plays that cater more to your ability rather than maybe a previous guy he had. So, I think he’s a simple but yet confidence-building and technique-driven coach.”
A McCarthy/Giants marriage is all but a sure thing at this point. McCarthy has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and twice with the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, the Giants sent out seven interview requests.