Mike McCarthy is Dallas Cowboys head coach
Former Green Bay Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy was hired as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. The news comes only a day after the team informed Jason Garrett that they were moving in another direction.
The Cowboys reportedly had several meetings with Garrett last week, in which it was thought he was lobbying to keep his job. Although they didn’t make an official announcement on his future until Sunday night, you could tell he was not going to return. The Jones family and Cowboys’ fans have lofty expectations for their franchise, and those had not been met over the course of Garrett’s 8 year tenure.
The team only interviewed 2 candidates: McCarthy and Arizona State defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. Both fit the bill of experienced NFL head coaches the Jones family was rumored to be seeking.
McCarthy spent 13 years as the head coach in Green Bay, dominating the NFC North. He won 125 games with the team (.618 winning %), including a Super Bowl title in the 2010-11 season. The Packers finished either first or second in the NFC North in 10 of McCarthy’s 13 seasons.
As for the rest of the coaching staff, McCarthy has brought in veteran defensive coordinator (and another former head coach) Mike Nolan. Jerry Jones wants to keep the offensive staff in tact after a superb season on that side of the ball, so Kellen Moore will likely remain the offensive coordinator.
The hire has been mostly praised by sports media outlets and experts.