NFL Analyst: McCarthy, Rivera Good Fits For Giants, Cowboys

Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera shouldn't have much trouble landing their next head-coaching gig 

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 19, 2019 - 9:32 am
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Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera do not have head-coaching jobs in the NFL, but that will likely change sooner rather than later. 

“He’s going to get one of these jobs next year,” CBS NFL Analyst and former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence, referring to McCarthy. “I think there are a lot of people that think he’d be a great fit in New York with the Giants. Some people say he’d be a great in Dallas with his track record and being able to deal with Jerry Jones. I think Ron Rivera fits into both of those places as well. There’s going to be no shortage of quality people available.”

McCarthy, 56, coached the Packers from 2006 to 2018 and led the franchise to a Super Bowl title. Rivera, 57, coached the Panthers from 2011 to 2019 and led the franchise to a Super Bowl appearance.

A change of scenery could do both some good.

“Each case is completely unrelated to the previous experience that you had,” said Beuerlein, who played in the NFL from 1987 to 2003. “I don’t think there’s anybody that’s ever played that’s been through more coaches than I was. I had 10 different head coaches in my first 14 years in the league. Some people call me a coach-killer, but I choose to look at it a little differently. The bottom line is the coaches that have a plan and really know what they’re doing and are able to communicate that to a team that know how to command the locker room and command the meeting room, they do it naturally. They do it easily.”

Beuerlein cited Jimmy Johnson and Lou Holtz as examples.

“There’s a reason why they were able to do it,” Beuerlein said. “Players just automatically bought into it. By the same token, the coaches that didn’t quite have that confidence and weren’t quite able to instill that kind of belief in their players, they don’t last very long. You have to have everybody buying in and willing to carry that torch and follow that leader no matter where he says to go, no questions asked, let’s do it. It’s a very unique, very rare, talent. 

“I think the best one out there right now, you would have to say, is John Harbaugh over the last 15 to 20 years,” Beuerlein continued. “I don’t think there’s a coach that’s been more consistent and able to balance the role of being not only a coach that the players play hard for, but a very demanding coach that expects a lot out of his players and asks a lot out of his players as well and has been so consistent over time.”