5 Mike McCarthy replacements for the Cowboys that aren’t Sean Payton

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4. Mike Kafka, OC, New York Giants

Dallas fans know all too well how good Andy Reid is when it comes to play-calling. The former Philadelphia Eagles coach also has an impressive coaching tree, which is why it always makes sense to kick the tires on anyone who has worked under him.

Enter Mike Kafka, an assistant coach that should be on the radar for any team looking for a coach in 2023. After spending five seasons with Reid in Kansas City, even winning Super Bowl following the 2019 campaign, Kafka joined Brian Daboll as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

In their first game with the G-Men, the new offensive minds in the Big Apple had quite the debut. They led one of the more stagnant offenses from 2021 to a come-from-behind victory over the favored Tennessee Titans. Not only did they get two touchdowns from Daniel Jones, but they also helped Saquon Barkley look like himself again as he had 194 total yards, a touchdown, and the game-winning two-point conversion as the coaches went for the win instead of the tie.


If nothing else, the fact that Kafka has now worked for two head coaches that have no problem taking big risks should entice the Cowboys. For too long they’ve been known for playing it safe and even with lesser talent, the Giants went all-in and were rewarded for it.