After announcing that Jason Garrett wouldn’t be back, the Dallas Cowboys started looking for a new head coach. The search didn’t last long as Mike McCarthy reached a deal to be the Cowboys’ new head coach. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports was first to report the news.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 6, 2020
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that McCarthy’s deal with the Cowboys is for five years.
Two notes on new #Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy:
1. He signed a 5-year deal with Dallas, source said.
2. McCarthy likes OC Kellen Moore, I’m told. Nothing more firm than that, but it does seem like McCarthy is more than open to keeping him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2020
New Orleans Saints linebacker coach Mike Nolan will be McCarthy’s defensive coordinator in Dallas. The two had worked together when they were with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015. McCarthy also had interviews with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Carolina Panthers.
This season, the Cowboys were 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs. Garrett was 85-67 as the Cowboys’ coach. The Cowboys failed to make the playoffs in six of Garrett’s nine full seasons with the team.
McCarthy will be the Cowboys’ ninth head coach. He is a good choice to be the new coach of the Cowboys despite a year off from football as he had a lot of success with the Green Bay Packers. McCarthy had a 125-77-2 record in 13 seasons with the Packers. McCarthy’s Packers made the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons. He led the team to four NFC Championships and won a Super Bowl in Green Bay.
Another reason why McCarthy is a good choice for the Cowboys is quarterback development. McCarthy helped Aaron Rodgers become the star quarterback that he is. The Cowboys are hoping that he can do the same with Dak Prescott, who just finished his fourth season in the league.
There will be a lot of pressure on McCarthy in Dallas. Garrett always had to deal with job security questions because he didn’t have a lot of success in the playoffs. The Cowboys haven’t made it very far even when they do make the playoffs as their last Super Bowl win came back in 1995. The Cowboys are hoping that McCarthy can bring them back to the Super Bowl and win it. If McCarthy doesn’t get the Cowboys a Super Bowl title, he could be out very quickly.