5 head coaching candidates who could replace Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy

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The Dallas Cowboys should be in the market for a new head coach after a disappointing season

It truly is tough to be a Dallas Cowboys fan. The team hasn’t had playoff success since their 1996 Super Bowl championship and has had mediocre teams since. In the years they fielded an impressive group of players, America’s Team continually fell disappointingly short.

To replace longtime head coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones sought a coach with playoff success. Most notably, a championship ring. Mike McCarthy appeared to be Jerry’s ideal candidate. After two disappointing seasons of mismanagement, he could be on his way out.

There’s always the yearly craze of head coaching candidates teams fight over. Here are five people who could be a good fit for the Cowboys head coach.

. . . Josh McDaniels. 5. player. 47

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. As much as some wouldn’t like to believe it, Brady didn’t become the player he did all by himself. One of the masterminds behind the future first-ballot Hall of Famer is New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

He has been a hot name over the years due to his success with the Patriots. They had a top-ten offense in 12 of 13 seasons with McDaniels as their offensive coordinator. Then again, some look at Brady as the real reason, but McDaniels does deserve credit.

The issues arise when you look at his tenures outside New England. There were three seasons in his career where he held a coordinator role or higher with another team.

McDaniels spent two seasons as head coach with the Denver Broncos, and the offense was below average both years. In his one season as an offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, he ran one of the worst offenses in the NFL.

It’s not easy to find the best coach to run your football team. Sometimes, hiring someone to play hand-in-hand with your quarterback is the safe route. McDaniels has been coaching quarterbacks since he was the Patriots’ quarterbacks coach in 2004.

In his long tenure with the team, the Patriots offensive guru has collected all six of the teams’ Super Bowl rings. It’s safe to say he knows what it takes to win a championship.

How well would quarterback Dak Prescott play under a more Patriots-like scheme? Will Prescott be able to pick up the more complicated playbook? Honestly, yeah, he should. We’ve seen Prescott take over his offense and constantly make adjustments. He is a high IQ player that is open to new ideas.

The Cowboys boast a stud offensive line with a great running back and receiving corps. McDaniels has all the weapons he could ask for in Dallas.

The Cowboys should continue to be an offense-driven team. That’s what made the team successful over recent years. But someone with a touch of a defensive mind would help. That’s why it’s a good thing Josh McDaniels had experience as a defensive assistant.