McCarthy's connections to Browns could lead to coaching job

Published 12-03-2018

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Mike McCarthy's candidacy to become Cleveland's next coach has gotten more legitimate.

McCarthy was fired Sunday by the Green Bay Packers, who dumped their Super-Bowl wining coach amid a disappointing season and growing rift with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

McCarthy was already being mentioned as a possibility for the Browns, who dismissed Hue Jackson last month and will wait until after the season before hiring his full-time replacement.

The Browns know McCarthy well. He worked in Green Bay with Cleveland general manager John Dorsey as well as Browns executives Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith.

Browns center JC Tretter praised McCarthy on Monday, calling him "an awesome leader and an awesome coach." Tretter spent four seasons in Green Bay with McCarthy, who went 125-77-2 with the Packers and won the championship in the 2010 season.

Tretter said McCarthy would be a good fit in Cleveland and an ideal coach for rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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