Cowboys to hire Mike McCarthy as new coach

Steve Williams

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I think this is a great hire for the Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas -- Mike McCarthy will be the ninth head coach in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The news was first reported by Fox Sports.

McCarthy stayed at the home of Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones on Saturday night, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"Once you stay at Jerry's house, he doesn't lose his guy," the source said.

McCarthy replaces Jason Garrett, who went 85-67 as Dallas' coach from 2010 to 2019, with the hope that McCarthy can do for the Cowboys what he did for another storied franchise -- win a Super Bowl.

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In February 2011, McCarthy led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl XLV win against the Pittsburgh Steelers at AT&T Stadium, his new home for the Cowboys.

McCarthy compiled a 125-77-2 record with the Packers and made the playoffs in nine of his 13 seasons. In addition to the Super Bowl season, the Packers made it to the NFC Championship Game two times but his tenure ended sourly, missing the playoffs in 2017 and getting fired after 12 games in 2018.

McCarthy remained in Green Bay last season, going through a study of trends across the league while also planning for his next job. He interviewed for the New York Jets' vacancy after the 2018 and turned down the chance to speak with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals.

Before interviewing with the Cowboys over the weekend, he spoke with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants regarding their vacancies.

The approach by Jerry and Stephen Jones to this coaching search was far different than the last full-scale search they had in 2007 after Bill Parcells' retirement. They interviewed 10 coaches before settling on Wade Phillips, who was hired after Garrett was on board as offensive coordinator.

This time, the Cowboys interviewed just Marvin Lewis and McCarthy before making their decision.

McCarthy's arrival will bring an entirely new offense to the Cowboys after running mostly a Garrett scheme since 2007 even though the team has had three different playcallers since 2013 in Bill Callahan ('13), Scott Linehan ('14-18) and Kellen Moore ('19).

Moore, offensive line coach Marc Colombo, quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna and receivers coach Sanjay Lal are under contract. Most of the defensive staff, including coordinator Rod Marinelli and passing game coordinator Kris Richard, have expiring contracts.

McCarthy played a key role in the development of Aaron Rodgers and the Cowboys believe he will be good for Dak Prescott, who is entering his fifth season. Perhaps of note to the Jones family, McCarthy had a 7-3 record against Dallas while with Green Bay and twice ended their season in painful ways in the divisional round of the 2014 and '16 playoffs.

In 1993, McCarthy entered the NFL coaching ranks as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. From 1995-98, he served as the Chiefs quarterbacks coach before moving on to Green Bay for a season as a quarterbacks coach. From 2000-04, he served as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and had a one-year run in the same job with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 before becoming the Packers head coach.

In Green Bay, he dealt with the shadows of championship coaches Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren. In Dallas, he will deal with the shadows of championship coaches Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson.


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Oct 22, 2011
I am interested to see what happens the first time Jones tells McCarthy what to do on the football or with personnel. Garrett was easily controllable by Jones and that's why he lasted so long. McCarthy is a control guy himself.
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Steve Williams

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I am interested to see what happens the first time Jones tells McCarthy what to do on the football or with personnel. Garrett was easily controllable by Jones and that's why he lasted so long. McCarthy is a control guy himself.
You know who will win that one. Is Jones still the GM of the team


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Apr 20, 2010
Metro DC
Screw the Cowboys

Garret left them in good shape.
Keys to Cowboys success
Jones confined to financial matters.
Pay the quarterback.
Run the football behind the best ofensive line in the NFC
Draft a dominant tight end.

Check thier ego.
The NFL East will continue to be weak


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Sep 26, 2016
Meh. Don't like it as a fit for the Cowboys nor in general. The first obvious reaction would be "safe choice". There were higher risk/reward choices out there, and taking risks is usually in Jones' DNA. McCarthy was a better fit for Cleveland. Meh.

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