The Dallas Cowboys officially parted ways with Jason Garrett during the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday evening (more than a coincidence?) and now they have his replacement. The Cowboys are hiring former Green Bay Packers boss Mike McCarthy as their new head coach, according to a report from NFL insider Jay Glazer.
Here’s the initial take over at Blogging The Boys:
Word regarding the Cowboys coaching search centered around one thing seemingly - experience. Jerry Jones and Co. clearly feel that they have a talented roster that is capable of doing serious things and they wanted somebody that could elevate them to the next level. They seem to believe that McCarthy is that person.
While there is understandably concern over McCarthy given that he was fired by the Packers in 2018, he took the 2019 season off and worked on his craft in a different way. He has embraced the usage of analytics which is something that people are anxious to see.
If I’m the Philadelphia Eagles, I’m quite okay with the Cowboys hiring McCarthy over other options.
On the surface, McCarthy boasts a relatively successful track record. He’s 125-77-2 as a head coach with nine playoffs appearances in 13 seasons. McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl win during the 2010 season.
But many would argue McCarthy squandered the Packers’ chances to win even more titles. Aaron Rodgers was the best player in the league for much of McCarthy’s tenure. The Packers really should’ve won more than just one Super Bowl. They underachieved.
Maybe a year off from coaching really did McCarthy good. Maybe the Cowboys are making a smart hire here.
I have my doubts. This feels like a typical “flash over substance” move that Jerry Jones loves to make. I don’t think McCarthy will instantly flame out but I don’t really see how he’s the one to finally get Dallas over the hump.
In any case, the Eagles will face off against McCarthy twice in 2020 (and beyond). With McCarthy to Dallas and Ron Rivera to Washington, the New York Giants are the only NFC East team remaining without a head coach. The guess here is the G-Men hire Matt Rhule.