The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly hire former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as their new head coach. But is he the right choice?
And like that, the coaching search is over. On Monday, news broke that the Dallas Cowboys intend to hire Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach of America’s Team. That news is being reported by several sources but has not yet been officially announced by the Cowboys according to the team’s official website. Yet, a source tells ESPN’s Todd Archer that McCarthy will sign a five-year contract in Dallas.
McCarthy has spent the last year out of football after being fired by the Green Bay Packers in December of 2018 following a near 13-year stint as their head coach. During his time in Green Bay, he led the Packers to a 125-77-2 record, a 10-8 record in the playoffs, and a victory in Super Bowl XLV.
McCarthy’s hiring comes just a day after the Cowboys announced they would not be extending the contract of their current head coach, Jason Garrett. After a near decade long tenure at the helm, the Dallas brass opted to move on from Garrett after the former backup quarterback posted a mere two playoff wins during the past decade.
Garrett’s Cowboys were the very definition of mediocrity, posting an 8-8 record without a postseason berth in four of his nine seasons as the official head coach including last year. When his teams did make the playoffs, they were unable to move past the Divisional Round, losing to McCarthy’s Packers twice (2014, 2016).
Now the question shifts to McCarthy, and whether he is the right person for the job. The 56-year old head coach has spent the past year preparing for his next head coaching gig, studying ways to improve. McCarthy came under fire in Green Bay for fielding a struggling, stale offense despite the presence of All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers under center and was fired after the team posted a 4-7-1 record in 2018.
In Dallas, Mike McCarthy will be asked to help mold the future of four-year passer Dak Prescott and an offense that led the NFL last season averaging 431.5 yards per game. The Cowboys brass obviously think McCarthy is the right choice to win right now. Whether they’re right will be determined when the games actually start.