With Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett’s contract set to expire January 14th. Could Mike McCarthy be the next head coach for America’s Team?
The unaddressed status of current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (technically) has many fans across the world speculating about his future. No, don’t believe the rumors Garrett will have some type of general manager role.
No, Garrett will not get an extension. And no he is not being held hostage for the fear of him grabbing another head coaching job within the division, primarily the New York Giants. Let’s shoot all of these rumors down.
The simple fact is owner Jerry Jones is likely allowing Garrett’s contract to simply expire on January 14, that according to ESPN reporter Ed Werder. He won’t be fired, just replaced. The dreaded goodbye has been long overdue and Jerry has foreseen this since the Week 16 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Garrett and Jones family ties go back into the early 1990s when Jason was a backup to former quarterback Troy Aikman and his father, Jim, was a long-time scout for the Cowboys as well.
It is difficult to say goodbye to someone you invested so much time, money and personal feelings into. But it’s finally here. And you need no other indication that the Cowboys are moving on from Garrett other than Dallas interviewing other candidates for Garrett’s old job.
The Cowboys are set to interview former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Dallas has apparently already and very quietly met with former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, presumably about the head coaching position as well.
As for McCarthy, who spent last season out of football, he’s been a play-caller in the NFL since 2000 when he was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. McCarthy was the head coach of the Packers for nearly 13 years and hoisted a Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLV.
But is this the right guy for the job in Dallas? Is this who the Cowboys wanted all along? If Jerry Jones wants a coach who is a veteran and a proven winner in this league that can lead this team to a potential Super Bowl than McCarthy is your best possible option as of right now.
We all heard the rumors when McCarthy was fired by Green Bay in December of 2018. And about his feud with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That shouldn’t stop the Cowboys from hiring him and should actually be brought up during the interview process for better understanding.
With that being said, McCarthy was a successful coach during his tenure in Green Bay. Under his watch, the Packers posted a regular-season record of 125-77-2. McCarthy led Green Bay to a season-ending record above .500 ten times and to the playoffs nine of them.
Some may say it was all due to having an eight-time Pro Bowler under center in Rodgers. But I’ll counter you with maybe, just maybe McCarthy was a major reason for the success the All-Pro passer has experienced during his 15-year career.
This type of hire works out well for a player such as four-year quarterback Dak Prescott because he can get the most out of someone like McCarthy. And the veteran head coach could create an offense catered to the likes of Prescott’s skill set.
With a team led by Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb (who McCarthy has familiarity with), paired with an offensive line still in their prime, McCarthy can lead this team to potential great heights.
Before you knock McCarthy’s success, just ask yourself is it an upgrade over Garrett? And let’s compare him to the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, whom everyone would seem to love to have in Dallas. Check out these stats from Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
Let that just sink in for a little bit. Payton and McCarthy have been NFL head coaches since 2006. And both have almost identical winning statistics. I’d argue Payton has even had more talent to work with than McCarthy.
The only questions I would have if the Cowboys decided to bring McCarthy in is what happens to the rest of the coaching staff? Does he already have his staff planned out? What defensive coordinator would he bring in?
All of these questions will be answered in time if Mike McCarthy is destined to become the next head coach for America’s Team. Drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts on this potential hiring by the Dallas Cowboys.