The Dallas Cowboys’ disastrous start result in the firing of Mike McCarthy?
Through their first seven games of the season, the Dallas Cowboys have been objectively awful. The team has been plagued with several high profile injuries and oftentimes looks uninspired and sloppy on the field.
The defense is currently giving up a league-high 34.7 points per game and has continued to struggle to get takeaways. Meanwhile, the team’s offense has cratered since losing their starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending ankle injury. However, the offense was among the best in the NFL in scoring before losing several offensive linemen and their signal-caller.
These struggles have been exacerbated by the fact that Dallas currently has the worst turnover margin in the league with an astonishing 13 more turnovers than takeaways. However, since offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has taken the reins from former Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, the offense has been objectively more productive.
Moore took over as the teams’ play-caller back in 2019 and has overseen an explosion of production in the passing game ever since. Consider this, in 2018 America’s Team found itself with the tenth lowest passing yards per game with 221.1. One year later, with the same quarterback under center, the team finished the season with the second-most passing yards per game with 296.9.
The organization also found itself with the 11th lowest points per game totals in 2018 with 21.2. Just one year later, certainly partially boosted by the midseason acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper, they finished the year with the sixth highest-scoring offense with over 27 points per game.
The Cowboys started this year with an even higher level of offensive production. In the first five games and with Prescott getting the starting nod, the team scored more than 30 points in four of five of those games. Despite that production, the team went 2-3 during that starting stretch.
The Cowboys hired a new head coach and defensive coordinator this offseason. The team acquired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy who brought in Mike Nolan as the defensive coordinator. Should the team’s consistently bad defense and lack of preparedness result in the firing of both McCarthy and Nolan less than a year into their tenures? I believe the answer is a yes.
The Dallas Cowboys should fire both Mike McCarthy and Mike Nolan for their failures thus far. The team is clearly not responding to McCarthy’s leadership and Nolan has overseen a historically bad defense thus far.
America’s Team should give their offensive coordinator and former backup quarterback Kellen Moore a chance to take over as the teams’ new head coach for the rest of the season. Do you agree?