4. Sticking with Mike McCarthy
I think the worst mistake the Dallas Cowboys made in the 2023 offseason was not entering the ever-spinning head coach carousel.
Jerry Jones is loyal to his coaches, I'll give him that, but it's also to a fault.
Mike McCarthy was not the best head coach option potentially available to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2023 offseason, and that's become painfully obvious. The Cowboys certainly had every reason to fire McCarthy after back-to-back playoff disappointments this time a year ago, and former Cowboys assistant and legendary Saints head coach Sean Payton was available.
The idea of bringing Payton back to Dallas maybe wasn't a no-brainer due to the fact that the Cowboys would have had to trade for him, but instead of Sean Payton, the Cowboys got Mazi Smith.
You tell me who wins that trade?
The Cowboys' reluctance to pull the trigger on firing Mike McCarthy in favor of other coaching upgrades is something they will likely live to regret. In consecutive offseasons, they have passed on the chance to hire Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Vrabel, and others. These are proven head coaches who are all likely better than McCarthy.
The decision in 2023 to pass on the chance to acquire Sean Payton looks bad in hindsight. Even though the Broncos missed the playoffs, Payton dramatically changed the entire culture of that team. Isn't that what the Cowboys sorely needed in 2023?