We are now in the second week of Mike McCarthy’s tenure with the Dallas Cowboys and the changes continue to roll on. Most recently, as in last Friday night, it was reported that the team was “working on” hiring Jeff Blasko to work alongside Joe Philbin with the offensive line. Monday morning, that report was corroborated with another name added to it. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer the Cowboys are also bringing in Scott McCurley to work with the linebackers.
Scott McCurley and Jeff Blasko are reuniting with Mike McCarthy with the Dallas Cowboys after working on his staff in Green Bay, according to sources. McCurley is expected to have a role with the linebackers, while Blasko will serve as the assistant offensive line coach to Joe Philbin.
McCurley is a longtime Mike McCarthy guy as he joined the Green Bay Packers during the head coach’s first year (2006) with the team as an intern. His role with the team obviously grew over the decade to follow, so it makes sense that McCarthy would want him around.
There has been some discussion about the Cowboys potentially moving from a 4-3 defensive front to a 3-4 under McCarthy’s defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, and while all of that remains to be seen, it’s worth mentioning that McCurley helped oversee a change for one of the most notable Packers that played during his time in Green Bay with McCarthy.
One of the other things McCurley did is help Clay Matthews make the transition from outside to inside linebacker in 2015. Matthews started all 16 games in middle linebacker for the first time in his career and he was named to the Pro Bowl after recording 85 tackles while registering 6.5 sacks. Both totals ranked second on the team.
Before being named as the assistant linebackers coach, McCurley was the defensive quality control coach for five seasons. That led to him having various positions on the defensive staff. He was part of the 2009 team that finished No. 2 in the NFL in total defense.
Welcome aboard, Scott McCurley.