Overmatched. Outwitted. Outcoached. These are the terms that have come to define Mike McCarthy’s first season as the Dallas Cowboys head coach.
It really is something to behold. After so much saber-rattling in the direction of Jason Garrett over the past few years, the media and Cowboys fans are understanding that this team’s struggles were not simply about Mr. Garrett.
The Cowboys head into their Week 10 bye boasting a 2-7 record and tied for last place in the NFC East. They are giving up a league-high 32.2 points per game and have been embarrassed on a near never-ending loop. Despite this, McCarthy will not be one-and-done as the Dallas Cowboys head coach.
Mike McCarthy to return as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach in 2021
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones made the announcement during his rounds with the media on Monday.
This piece of information will not be met with applause from fans in Dallas. Only through the first half of his initial season with the Cowboys, Mike McCarthy has been a party to some major drama with the Cowboys.
- Mike McCarthy called out hand-picked defensive coordinator Mike Nolan following an humiliating Week 4 loss to the Cleveland Browns that saw the Cowboys’ defense give up 49 points, 508 total yards of offense and 33 first downs.
- Later in the first half of the season following a 38-10 blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals, unnamed Cowboys players took to the media to bash the team’s new coaching staff.
Now, it must be noted that not all of the issues in Dallas rest on the shoulders of Mike McCarthy. Injuries have played a huge role in this, too.
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- Andy Dalton has missed the past two games after suffering a concussion and being placed on the COVID-19 list.
- Starting quarterback Dak Prescott is sidelined after suffering a devastating ankle injury back in Week 5.
- Starting tackles La’el Collins and Tyron Smith are also lost for the season due to injuries.
Mike McCarthy’s performance as Cowboys’ head coach
Even then, Mike McCarthy has been disastrous from an in-game coaching standpoint. We’ve seen this repeat itself over and over again through the first nine games of the 2020 NFL season.
It is rare to see a coach go one-and-done with a new team. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is the most-recent example of that after being fired following the 2019 season.
If the Cowboys stay true to their word and do retain McCarthy, there’s likely to be a number of changes to his coaching staff. That starts with embattled defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.