Just a short time after letting go of Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys have found their next head coach in former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
This news was first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
It doesn’t come as surprising news that this is where the Cowboys went. They were rumored to be looking for someone who was either an established NFL coach or had previous experience. McCarthy fits those parameters in waves.
He spent 13 seasons as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. During that time, he posted a record of 125-77-2. To go with the regular season record, was a record of 10-8 in the postseason, along with winning the Super Bowl after the 2010 season.
Mike McCarthy Hired By the Dallas Cowboys
It’s no secret that McCarthy has had success as an NFL head coach. However, this is a different situation. Coaching for the Dallas Cowboys is always just a little bit different than coaching anywhere else. Even though his previous stop was another landmark franchise in the NFL.
He will be dealing with the team that gets as much scrutiny as any in the league and will be dealing with an owner who can make things tough. Jerry Jones is not afraid of having the spotlight on himself, and he can be a meddling owner.
That doesn’t mean the team can’t be successful. While they have not had much playoff success this century, they’ve still had very strong regular seasons.
It will also be interesting to see how McCarthy does without having generational quarterbacks. Brett Favre was the quarterback when he took over in Green Bay, and Aaron Rodgers followed that.
Dak Prescott is a good quarterback, but he isn’t quite at the level of those two.
With that said, he probably does have a better roster than he had most of the time in Green Bay.
The main reason Garrett wasn’t retained was they underachieved this season. Coming off of a division-winning season, there were expectations, and for good reason. This is a very talented roster, but they never were able to play complementary football this past season.
If McCarthy can do that, there’s no reason the Cowboys can’t find themselves winning the division again next season. He will just need to find a way to have both sides of the ball playing well together at the same time. He will also need to find a way to make sure they don’t come out extremely flat in important games like they tended to with Garrett.
Overall this feels like it should be an upgrade. However, seeing McCarthy without an all-time great at quarterback will be interesting.
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