Cowboys Set To Hire McCarthy As Next Head Coach
Long-term NFL Head Coaching Experience Was Key
Just one day after officially parting ways with Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys have selected former Packers coach Mike McCarthy to serve as the ninth head coach in Dallas history.
Prior to any announcement of McCarthy’s hiring, several reports indicated that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had placed a particular significance on long-term NFL head coaching experience.
That sort of prerequisite would have excluded the big-name college coaches, such as Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and Urban Meyer, from the search for a new head coach.
Jones Hoping For A Super Bowl Victory
After deciding to move away from Garrett, who went 85-67 in charge of the Cowboys, Jones now hopes that McCarthy can lead this team where he led Green Bay – to a Super Bowl victory.
McCarthy will take over with a major question mark at the quarterback position, as Dak Prescott is yet to sign a new deal. So, is McCarthy the right man for the job?
Why McCarthy Is A No-Brainer for Jones, Dallas
Any time there’s to be a new coach in Dallas, fans of the franchise will only accept big-name prospects. While some would only stand for the Cowboys somehow luring Sean Payton out of New Orleans, others were set on the next Jimmy Johnson in the form of Riley or Meyer.
Instead, Jones opted to resist the temptation of a big name in favor of a winning record, NFL experience, and a no-brainer head coaching candidate.
The year was 2011 when McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl win in AT&T Stadium, which will be his new home. That was the pinnacle of a tenure in Green Bay in which McCarthy earned a record of 125-77-2.
McCarthy also twice guided the Packers to the NFC Championship Game and made the playoffs in nine of his 13 seasons in charge.
Sterling Record But Sour Ending in Green Bay
That sort of sterling record would be enough to make nearly any candidate a premier choice as head coach, but McCarthy’s ending in Green Bay soured his appeal.
McCarthy was fired 12 games into the 2018 season after failing to reach the postseason in 2017, and perhaps even more damning was the frayed relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
However, any blame for McCarthy’s failure with the All-Pro QB must be accompanied by credit for the development of the future Hall of Famer. Jones and the rest of the Cowboys organization likely see McCarthy as the perfect fit to help Prescott evolve in the same way.
How McCarthy Makes Dallas Contenders In 2020
This Cowboys team was a bit of an enigma in 2019. Despite owning the league’s top offense (431.5 yards per game) and a top 10 defense (327 yards allowed per game), Dallas finished 8-8 and missed out on playoff football.
With that sort of production and a roster full of Pro Bowl talent, the strategy and overall coaching of this Cowboys team were the obvious issue.
Most Talented Roster McCarthy Has Coached
Now that Garrett is out as a head coach, McCarthy will bring his championship pedigree to a team that is likely to have elite NFL talent across the offensive line, at running back, and at wide receiver (assuming they can re-sign Amari Cooper).
Dallas will also have a solid, young linebacking corps and one of the league’s premier pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence.
Aside from the quarterback position, this will likely be the most talented roster McCarthy has ever coached. With 10 playoff wins under his belt, McCarthy immediately turns this Cowboys squad into a championship contender.