Mike McCarthy strength: His coaching staff
The Cowboys have won a lot of games in the last couple of seasons. Although their 12-5 record in the regular season has ended in disappointing defeat in the playoffs the last two years, the Cowboys have won 24 games in the regular season and that obviously doesn't happen unless you have a really good coaching staff on the whole.
McCarthy aside, this staff has stars in every phase of the game, none shining brighter than Dan Quinn, however. Quinn's arrival in Dallas has been a gift from the football gods and the combination of him and Micah Parsons coming to that side of the ball has taken Dallas from a good team to a contender in the NFC.
As nice of a luxury as it is for McCarthy to have a "head coach of the defense" like Dan Quinn, the Cowboys' coaching staff deserves a lot of credit overall. This is a team that really has excelled at developing home-grown talent, especially maximizing their investment in first-round draft picks. They aren't batting 1.000 in the NFL Draft, but the Cowboys are one of the better NFL teams at developing home-grown players.
As of right now, it looks like the only two players in the Cowboys' starting lineup that weren't drafted or originally signed by the team will be Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore. That's a huge testament to the front office identifying talent but also the coaching staff making sure these guys live up to their potential.