Mike McCarthy, Greg Roman kick off Browns coaching search

Former Packers coach, Ravens offensive coordinator get first chance to impress

Daryl Ruiter
January 02, 2020 - 10:24 am

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns kicked off their 2020 coaching search with a pair of interviews Thursday.

First up was former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy Thursday morning and afternoon in Cleveland followed by a trip to Baltimore to meet with Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman Thursday night.

The search is being conducted by owner Jimmy Haslam along with executive vice president JW Johnson, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and vice president of football administration Chris Cooper.

In McCarthy’s 13 years leading the Packers, Green Bay made the playoffs nine times, including six division titles, four NFC championship game appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XLV.

“I think it would be unfair to coach to say [how the interview is going], but obviously, he has great experience,” Haslam said Thursday afternoon. “He has won 62 percent of his games and that speaks for himself. We have really enjoyed our time with him. Head coaching experience is not necessarily a prerequisite. If you notice, we are interviewing people who have been head coaches in the NFL and people who have not.”

After taking over the Packers in 2006, McCarthy compiled a 135-85-2 record as head coach, including 10 playoff game victories.

Under McCarthy the Packers seamlessly transitioned from Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers while maintaining one of the more prolific offensive attacks in the game.

Prior to joining the Packers, McCarthy served as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-04 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

McCarthy took the year off after being fired by the Packers in late 2018 but he kept busy by studying film weekly and preparing as if he were coaching a team from his home.

Roman has 22 years of experience as an NFL assistant, and seven as an offensive coordinator in San Francisco (2011-2014), Buffalo (2015-2016) and Baltimore (2019).

Roman is credited with helping head coach John Harbaugh design an offense around presumed 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. Jackson set the NFL rushing record by a quarterback this season with 1,206 yards and the Ravens were an NFL-best 14-2 and the top seed in the AFC in 2019.

Baltimore led the NFL in scoring averaging 33.2 points per game and they ranked second in offensive yardage with a 407.6 yards per game average under Roman. The Ravens were the first team in NFL history to average over 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing per game in a season.

The Browns are in search of their 10th full-time head coach since returning to the NFL in 1999 and the fifth under owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, who bought the club in 2012.