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Browns begin head coach interviews with Super Bowl champion Mike McCarthy


The Browns on Thursday are interviewing former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy for the team's head coach opening.

McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl and made regular trips to the postseason during his 13-year tenure in Green Bay, is the first candidate to interview.

McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native who rose the ranks as an offensive assistant for decades before landing a head coaching job, went 135-85-2 during a tenure with the Packers that began in 2006 and ended late in the 2018 season. He won 10 playoff games, including a Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under his watch, Green Bay's offense didn't miss a beat transitioning from Hall of Famer Brett Favre to future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. The Packers, boasted by one of the league's most potent passing attacks, regularly competed for NFC North titles under McCarthy, who made the playoffs nine times, won six division crowns and took his team to four NFC Championships.

McCarthy, 56, was out of football in 2019 but kept busy by studying league trends, watching film and preparing as if he were a leader of the league's "33rd staff," according to an NFL Network profile.

McCarthy was an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-04 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 before taking over as the head coach in Green Bay. He got his NFL break in 1993, when he was hired away from the University of Pittsburgh by Marty Schottenheimer to serve as an offensive quality control coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 1995 and spent four seasons in the role, working closely with Elvis Grbac and Rich Gannon.

Bio Blast

Mike McCarthy - Former Packers head coach
: 56
Hometown: Pittsburgh
College: Baker
NFL Experience: 26 years