There are bad takes. There are hot takes. And, there are “what on Earth are you talking about” takes. Host of ESPN’s “Get Up” Mike Greenberg offered one of the third kind on Tuesday morning when talking about the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s absolutely true that nobody expected the Cowboys to get through the adversity they were facing after Week 1. They are 3-1 after starting 0-1 and losing several key players, including their star quarterback. That’s a major feat.
But when you think about this success and this miracle, the first name to come to your head likely isn’t Mike McCarthy — the guy who has yet to show a single ounce of emotion (happy or frustrated) on the sideline during any game this year. Apparently, that’s who Greenberg thinks deserves credit.
Prepare yourself for this take:
"“I’ve gotta call a timeout. I have one issue and I have a bone to pick with everybody. Yesterday, I sat here and I listened to how Dan Quinn is responsible for all of this. And now I’m hearing about how Kellen Moore and Stephen Jones are responsible for all of the success of the Cowboys. And if they were 0-4 right now, we’d be firing Mike McCarthy. Why does Mike McCarthy get no credit when they win?I’m going to say this right now. They won three straight games with a backup quarterback. Mike McCarthy is the coach of the year right this minute.”"
His co-hosts and fellow broadcasters were flabbergasted (like us) when he made that last statement. They all laughed and told Greenberg he took it way too far… which he did. The cutaway to former Cowboy Marcus Spears just shaking his head in disbelief was a great moment.
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg wildly claims Mike McCarthy is “the coach of the year” right now in the NFL
Look. Have the Cowboys done way better than expected? Yes. Does McCarthy deserve some credit? Yes. Is he a better head coach than Andy Reid or Bill Belichick or Sean McDermott? In no way.
Greenberg seems to be bothered by the fact that the Cowboys have handled more adversity than any other team and have managed to go 3-0 since losing in Week 1. He also didn’t like that “if they lose, it’s all McCarthy’s fault, and if they win, he gets none of the credit.”
It’s a semi-fair argument. But again, this feels more like a deserved applause for Cooper Rush (who still hasn’t been fabulous) and the defense that has kept this team in games they don’t deserve to be in rather than McCarthy doing so much for this team. Also, there’s the fact that two of those three wins were against meager NFC East opponents.
Dominique Foxworth tried to calm Greenberg by saying that, yes, McCarthy deserves love, but it’s ten steps too far to say he’s the coach of the year. He equated this situation to that of Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers QB seems to always be on the field when San Francisco is winning, but no one is going out there saying Jimmy G deserves to be the MVP of the league. Fair.
You could even argue that not only is McCarthy not the top coach in the league right now, but he isn’t even the best coach in the NFC East! Kudos to this franchise and what they’ve been able to do with a banged-up roster, but let’s not push things too far, Greenberg.