The Dallas Cowboys have decided to name Mike McCarthy their next head coach. Did the Cowboys make the right decision by hiring him this offseason?
The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with longtime head coach Jason Garrett on Sunday afternoon and hired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as his successor less than 24 hours later on Monday morning. McCarthy spent 2019 out of football but looks to be recharged heading into his second stab at being an NFL head coach. Did Dallas make the right decision?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, assess the McCarthy hire by the Cowboys and decide if this was the right move for them to make this offseason (14:14).
Verderame likes the hire but doesn’t love the hire. He respects that McCarthy won a Super Bowl in Green Bay and that he’s an upgrade over Garrett. However, he wonders if the Cowboys could have gotten somebody a bit more analytically driven than McCarthy. It’s a good hire in his eyes, but not one he’ll think is the best of this hiring cycle.
Schwartz too likes the higher, primarily because he’s the offensive-minded coach who can hopefully take starting quarterback Dak Prescott’s game to the next level. That being said, he’s not sold on McCarthy embracing analytics to the degree he says he will in his second head-coaching job. Schwartz mentioned how stale the Packers offense was under McCarthy towards the end.
Overall, this hire feels safe and one that should bring consistent on-field success to the Cowboys’ brand. McCarthy is the type of coach who can lead the Cowboys to its first NFC Championship game in two decades. However, when he has ever shown to know what he’s doing with the run game? One would think that’s a major concern, given how important Ezekiel Elliott is to this team.
Ultimately, bringing in McCarthy should yield dividends right away. He is a no-nonsense coach who should have this team back over .500 and fighting for a playoff spot in the NFC in 2020. Truthfully, we won’t know how good of a hire this was until a few years from now. But at this time, you have to feel pretty good about landing a Super Bowl winner as your next coach, Cowboys fans.
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Saints shockingly go home on controversial call (4:24)
- Should the NFL change overtime rules? (8:39)
- Does Tom Brady return to the Patriots? (25:19)
- What are we looking forward to this week? (57:10)
All this and more!