Well, it didn’t take long for Jerry Jones to find his next head coach. He hired former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to lead the Dallas Cowboys franchise.
The search for the next head coach of the Cowboys started over the weekend when former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was brought in to interview. McCarthy came into the picture on Saturday when he reportedly stayed over Jones’ house. At that point, it became clear to many that Jones had found his man.
Mike McCarthy’s Track Record
McCarthy has a long history of success, as he had the pleasure of coaching two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game with Brett Farve and Aaron Rodgers. He took over the head coaching job in Green Bay in 2006. He only recorded three losing records and led his team to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons. One of those playoff appearances led to a Super Bowl title in 2010.
McCarthy is a proven winner who has conducted some amazing offenses in his career. He’s even gone as far as improve his coaching abilities when he spent the offseason watching films with assistant coaches to figure out what he can do to improve his craft. He’s also found the light in terms of now using analytics in his game planning, which comes as a surprise considering Rodgers was critical of McCarthy for being to old school with his ways.
This style is used by many coaches, including Eagles head coach Doug Pedersen and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Both have small staffs focused on analytics who look at when they should do things like go for it on fourth down and which plays to run in particular situation.
This should be a hire that Cowboy fans support despite the fact that many of the media aren’t too excited about. Is it a splashy hire? Not really, but is this a hire that was necessary? Yes.
The Cowboys were looking for a proven winner to take over this talented team. McCarthy is the most decorated head coach available on the market.
The offense is loaded with young talent with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper. McCarthy has plenty of weapons to work with and help them grow and develop into superstars. The defense will need some work as some of their key defensive players didn’t live up to expectations, mostly consisting of missed tackles, a lack of a consistent pass rush, and miss communication in coverage.
Sure this team could have taken a chance on college coaches like Urban Meyer, Matt Rhule or Lincoln Riley, but that would have taken time for the to get their feet wet coaching professional players. That can be an adjustment for coaches as there is a difference between coaching young men in college and men in the NFL.
Mike McCarthy has had plenty of years of experience and knows how to win at the highest level. Jerry Jones has to start thinking about the future and find someone that can win now. While time will tell, it seems like the Cowboys have found that guy to get them to the next level.