Could the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy make magic in their first season together?
For many years, Dallas Cowboys fans have been calling for a new head coach. And this year, they got their wish. The Cowboys parted ways with longtime head coach Jason Garrett and hired former Super Bowl winner Mike McCarthy in his place.
The longtime Green Bay Packers’ head coach came to Dallas in January after spending a year out of the NFL. McCarthy famously spent that time away improving his methods and approach in an attempt to elevate his craft.
The Cowboys are undoubtedly hoping they benefit from the veteran head coach’s efforts and vast experience. During his 13 seasons with the Packers, McCarthy led the team to the playoffs a whopping nine times, netting a Lombardi Trophy in 2010. Under Garrett, the Cowboys went to the postseason just three times over nine years, winning a total of two playoff games.
When McCarthy signed on with Dallas this offseason, the 58-year old landed in the best possible situation. The Cowboys are coming off an 8-8 season, their worst record since 2015. But their offense was able to lead the league in total yards and the roster has a plethora of stars on both sides of the ball.
The bottom line is the Cowboys are ready to win right now. The question is can McCarthy lead them on a successful run in his first season with the team? One NFL insider believes he can. And that the Cowboys can actually be the NFC’s best team in 2020.
NFL insider predicts Dallas Cowboys will reach new heights under Mike McCarthy
Here’s what Contributing Columnist Adam Schein wrote for NFL.com after making the bold prediction that McCarthy will win the NFL’s Coach of the Year award after leading the Cowboys to the No. 1 seed in the conference.
"“After years of Dallas being stuck in the middle with Jason Garrett, McCarthy is the perfect remedy for what ails this team. The Super Bowl-winning coach is a great offensive mind. He will maximize the incredible weapons Dallas possesses on offense, with Zeke running behind a stout O-line and Dak Prescott throwing the ball to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb.”"
McCarthy undoubtedly inherited a very talented roster in Dallas. But he also made several major changes, specifically to his coaching staff. Only a handful of coaches remain from last year’s version of America’s Team. And just how quickly and effectively this new staff is able to implement any changes this summer will likely impact how the team performs once the regular season kicks off.
Mike McCarthy also faces some unique challenges in his first season in Dallas with a virtual offseason program replacing normal team activities due to a worldwide pandemic. Luckily for the Dallas Cowboys, they’ve been able to keep the core of their talented roster together. If McCarthy can pull the team together to make Adam Schein’s prediction come true this upcoming season, he’ll certainly be deserving of the NFL Coach of the Year award.