It’s official in Dallas as the Cowboys hire former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as the new head coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have moved on from Jason Garrett and immediately turned toward the future with the hire of McCarthy. Over the past 9 seasons, Jason Garrett was only able to win the NFC East division three times with teams filled with great talent.
McCarthy is 125-77 in his NFL head coaching career, which has solely been with the Packers since 2006. He led the Packers with Aaron Rodgers to 8 double win seasons from 2006-2018, including a Super Bowl championship over the Steelers in 2010.
In his head coach tenure with Green Bay, he had five seasons where his offense finished in the top 3 of the NFL, but also 5 seasons, when he had an offense, ranked 14th or worse in the league. One downfall of his offenses is that the team finished the top 10 just once in rushing, which showed the type of team the Packers were at that point.
With Rodgers at QB, McCarthy needed to utilize him and his weapons around Rodgers, but the run game was largely inconsistent and absent. This time around, he comes into a team with Prescott, Elliott, Cooper, and Tony Pollard. No word has been given about McCarthy bringing in an offensive coordinator, but Kellen Moore will be the best option to stay at the position due to his familiarity with the team.
McCarthy is up to bat with this team, and for the first time in over 10 years, the Cowboys will put their faith in a new head coach. He will be leading a team in their prime as one of the more talented teams in the NFL.
If McCarthy wants any chance of staying long term, he will need to right the ship, make the playoffs, and succeed in the playoffs.