As of this writing the Dallas Cowboys do not technically have an opening at their head coach position. Technically.
Of course it is widely assumed that the Cowboys will officially part ways with Jason Garrett, but that was the assumption every day for the past week and no change has come. Dallas does things their own way and this has definitely lived up to that idea.
When the Cowboys will finally announce that Jason Garrett will not be leading their team in 2020 and beyond still remains to be seen, but there are finally some developments happening according to one report. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted on Saturday morning that former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is headed to “speak” with the Cowboys.
Sources: Former #Packers coach Mike McCarthy is headed to Dallas to speak with the #Cowboys. The team has not announced anything on coach Jason Garrett, though they are expected to move on from him and are laying the groundwork for a search.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2020
Whether this qualifies as a formal interview is something that only he and the Cowboys will know, but this seems to be the first legitimate indication from the Cowboys that they are moving on from Jason Garrett. McCarthy has been making the interview rounds with teams that have vacancies.
McCarthy sat out the 2019 season after being fired by the Packers in 2018 before the season ended. He had enormous success during his time with the Packers, a run that included winning Super Bowl XLV at what was then Cowboys Stadium.
Mike McCarthy career record
- 2006: 8-8
- 2007: 13-3... lost in NFC Championship Game
- 2008: 6-10
- 2009: 11-5... lost in Wildcard Round
- 2010: 10-6... won Super Bowl XLV
- 2011: 15-1... lost in Divisional Round
- 2012: 11-5... lost in Divisional Round
- 2013: 8-7-1... lost in Wildcard Round
- 2014: 12-4... lost in NFC Championship Game
- 2015: 10-6... lost in Divisional Round
- 2016: 10-6... lost in NFC Championship Game
- 2017: 7-9
- 2018: 4-7-1
Of course it was McCarthy’s Packers that stood in the way of the Cowboys reaching the NFC Championship Game both in 2014 and 2016. It makes sense to consider him as an option, he has made it a point this coaching cycle to emphasize how much he learned about analytics during his year away.
It seems as if the Cowboys are making movement towards hiring a head coach. They’re doing it in a bit of a weird fashion, but they are the Cowboys after all.