#5. Hiring Mike McCarthy as new head coach
I almost left this one off the list, but I kept coming back to Mike McCarthy. Of course, like much else, depending on how the season goes, I could be wrong. But I don’t think so.
In the 54 Super Bowls that have been played, there have been only 33 coaches to guide their team to the Lombardy Trophy. Nine are still coaching and only one of them was available this offseason. You guessed it: Mike McCarthy.
McCarthy is just a winner, and an excellent coach. He’s coached two quarterbacks headed to the Hall of Fame, and like Garrett, has a lifetime winning average. In his case, .618. McCarthy-coached teams are 125-77.
But unlike Garrett, McCarthy also has a winning record in the playoffs. He’s 10-8 in the post-season, and brought his team to the NFC title game four times, progressing to the Super Bowl in 2010, and winning it. Plus, McCarthy is a lot of fun at press conferences!
There isn’t an experienced, excellent, and proven head coach on the market every year. You might disagree, but I think the Cowboys were lucky he was available and so enthusiastic about coaching America’s Team.
So that’s my list, how I think the Dallas Cowboys got lucky this offseason. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Want to add or subtract an item to the list? If so, make your point in the comments section below.