After interviewing coaches before officially announcing Garrett’s firing, Jerry Jones got his guy in Mike McCarthy.
As reported earlier this morning by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, The Dallas Cowboys intend to hire Mike McCarthy as the ninth head coach in franchise history.
The decision comes less than 24 hours after they officially announced that Jason Garrett would not be returning for his 10th season as head coach. After a bizarre few days where ESPN’s Ed Werder had announced that Garrett would not be returning without any official confirmation from owner Jerry Jones, the Cowboys finally made the decision official during the Philadlephia-Seattle playoff game, the most Cowboys thing I’ve ever seen in my 29 years.
The writing had been on the wall for a while for Garrett. Many people around the were NFL saying that he wouldn’t be brought back without a “deep” playoff run as much as a month ago, after the team dropped its third straight game to drop to 6-7.
Garrett took over the team from Wade Philips in the 2010 season and had his interim tag removed for the 2011 season. After starting the 2010 season 1-7, Garret came in and went 5-3, somewhat salvaging a lost season in Big D.
Garrett’s career has always been about high highs and low lows. After beginning his official tenure with the team with three straight 8-8 seasons, he led the team to a 12-4 record and a win in a wild card game in 2014. Each of his successes were always sandwiched with disappointments though, as the team never made the playoffs in consecutive years under his guidance.
In Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys are getting a head coach with a Super Bowl victory in his resume who has not coached in about one calendar year. During his 13 years as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, McCarthy went 125-77-2 and led them to the playoffs in 9 of those years. Notably, he only finished with a losing record twice (not including 2018 when he was fired while the team was 4-7). Some would argue that he should’ve done more with the years of Aaron Rodgers that he had, but Sean Payton has only won one Super Bowl with Drew Brees during his time in New Orleans and no one seems to think he’s wasting Drew.
To be fair, McCarthy has had a history of confusing play calls, famously culminating in an incident with Aaron Rodgers where Rodgers was caught yelling “Stupid f*cking call!” at his coach in 2017.
The dysfunction may have run deeper, as Tyler Dunne outlines in his piece for Bleacher Report back in April of 2019.
Controversy aside, Jerry Jones got what he wanted, a head coach with NFL experience and a Super Bowl pedigree who is offensively minded. Even during an 8-8 season, this Cowboys team led the league in total offense and has the pieces to be a legit contender. Jerry is rolling the dice and hoping that McCarthy will be the one to make Dak elite and bring back the glory days of Big D.
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