For almost the last decade the Dallas Cowboys have been under the leadership of Jason Garrett. Garrett took over as interim head coach in 2010 and never left. He was hired officially as the Cowboys head coach in 2011 and the hype was real.
Garrett, if you remember, was almost pried away by the Baltimore Ravens to become their next head coach when he was available but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn’t let that happen. In Garrett’s time in Dallas, there was some success and it can’t be denied. It wasn’t always bad. Some of his worst seasons were caused by not having a quality quarterback to back up Tony Romo when he went down with injuries.
In 2014, the Cowboys were one catch/no catch away from playing in the NFC title game. It wasn’t always bad. It was just never great. There were a lot of Cowboys fans accepting mediocrity. Media members were calling for 8-8 every year. Anything more was an over achievement and anything less was a total embarrassment.
After last year’s 8-8 finish, the Jones family finally had enough. Garrett was given the benefit of the doubt way too much and it was finally time to move on.
The Cowboys and the Jones family wanted to add a fresh face in their locker room to get the franchise back to greatness. Enter Mike McCarthy. McCarthy took a year off of football after the Green Bay Packers parted ways with him late in the 2018 season after 13 years with the team. McCarthy was successful in Green Bay and brought them a Super Bowl win in 2010. Coincidentally enough, he raised the Lombardi Trophy at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Home of the Dallas Cowboys.
McCarthy didn’t come alone. He was given free reign on the coaching staff for 2020 and hand picked several experienced coaches to join him. This is how some of those specific coaches will impact the team immediately.