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Cowboys interview Mike McCarthy, Marvin Lewis - Andie Hagemann, NFL.com

Don’t look know, but we finally have movement...

Mike McCarthy is set to interview with Cowboys. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the former Green Bay Packers coach is en route to Dallas to meet with the Cowboys, according to a source informed of the situation. This is believed to be the first interview for the Cowboys. Dallas isn’t the only club interested in McCarthy. The longtime coach has interviewed with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers for their head coach vacancies.

Cowboys plan to meet with Mike McCarthy, Marvin Lewis - Staff, ESPN

Both these candidates held down their head coaching jobs longer than Garrett had his.

McCarthy, 56, was head coach of the Packers from 2006 to 2018. He compiled a 125-77-2 record over 13 seasons and won Super Bowl XLV. He has also interviewed with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants for their head-coaching positions this offseason. Lewis, 61, served as the Bengals’ head coach from 2003 to 2018, going 131-122-3. His 0-7 postseason mark marred a tenure in which Lewis became one of just three coaches to post a winning record with the Bengals.

The Dallas Cowboys next head coach could be Mike McCarthy - Anthony Penna Jr., The Landry Hat

Some people like the idea of McCarthy as the Cowboys new head coach.

McCarthy was a successful coach during his tenure in Green Bay. Under his watch, the Packers posted a regular-season record of 125-77-2. McCarthy led Green Bay to a season-ending record above .500 ten times and to the playoffs nine of them.

Some may say it was all due to having an eight-time Pro Bowler under center in Rodgers. But I’ll counter you with maybe, just maybe McCarthy was a major reason for the success the All-Pro passer has experienced during his 15-year career. This type of hire works out well for a player such as four-year quarterback Dak Prescott because he can get the most out of someone like McCarthy. And the veteran head coach could create an offense catered to the likes of Prescott’s skill set.

With a team led by Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb (who McCarthy has familiarity with), paired with an offensive line still in their prime, McCarthy can lead this team to potential great heights.

Seven Coaches the Cowboys Shouldn’t Hire, Including McCarthy and Urban Meyer - Matthew Postins, Sports Illustrated

SI has created their own “do not hire” list with the former Packers coach making the cut.

Mike McCarthy, former Green Bay head coach McCarthy has a Super Bowl ring from his time with the Green Bay Packers and a frosty relationship with his former QB, Aaron Rodgers. But that’s not really the reason he’s on this list. I don’t think McCarthy’s scheme is going to be a good fit for what the Cowboys currently have, and I’m not sure he has the ability to adjust that scheme to the point it much to accommodate this team’s stars on offense. I’m OK with the coach not exciting me personally —and McCarthy doesn’t — as long as he’s the right fit. McCarthy doesn’t feel like the right fit.

Cowboys Coach: Is Mike McCarthy Really an Upgrade Over Jason Garrett? - Jess Haynie, Inside The Star

Just how excited would you be with McCarthy taking over the head coaching gig?

What scares me about Mike McCarthy is that, many times during his coaching tenure in Green Bay, I heard the complaint from Packers fans that he was wasting the best years of Rodgers’ career. In fact, many have argued that only getting one Super Bowl victory out of one of the best quarterbacks of all time was a failure.

In fact, just look at what happened this year for Green Bay. In their first full season without McCarthy, the Packers went 13-3 and won the competitive NFC North. Rodgers even had one of his worst years but still the team flourished. You can’t help but look at that and wonder if McCarthy’s accolades are really his, or if he was just a guy lucky enough to coach legendary quarterbacks.

Kevin Stefanski makes too much sense to pass up - Randy Gurzi, NFL Spin Zone

Could the Vikings offensive coordinator be a perfect fit in Dallas?

In 2018, the Vikings parted with John DeFilippo, who had been planning the offense around the arm of quarterback Kirk Cousins — much to the dismay of head coach Mike Zimmer. Stefanski replaced DeFilippo for the final three games and started out with a bang as they put up 41 points in a win over Miami.

He did enough to earn the job full-time this season and continues to prove he knows what he’s doing. Minnesota finished eighth in the NFL with 25.4 points per game and was deadly on the ground with 133.3 yards per game. The formula was simple but effective. Their offense stopped relying so heavily on the pass and started to filter things through Dalvin Cook who had his best season as a pro with 1,135 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Cook was also a stud in the passing games, coming in second on the team with 519 yards on 53 receptions.

Dear NFL owners, here are 7 guidelines to follow when searching for a new head coach - Sheil Kapadia, The Athletic

What should NFL owners be looking for in a new coach? The Athletic offers up seven guidelines to follow.

1. Prioritize leadership skills above all else

Too often organizations are looking for just a great schemer — the hot coordinator from a team that went to the Super Bowl. But the reality is even with the best X’s and O’s candidate, things are going to go bad at some point. Bill Belichick had a winning record once in five seasons with the Browns. Pete Carroll got fired by the Patriots. Andy Reid went 12-20 in his last two years with the Eagles. Winning consistently is hard.

When adversity hits, will everyone in the organization — players, assistants, the personnel staff — believe in the head coach to right the ship? Or will the adversity lead to finger-pointing, leaks and squabbles that cause the entire operation to crumble? That might be the most important question to answer when searching for a head coach. Authenticity matters, and coaches with an even temperament should be valued. It’s natural to get excited or disappointed with a win or a loss, but find someone who will remain consistent at the start of every workweek.

The NFL season is a grind, and volatility from the leader will wear on people. If the coach is a great leader, he’ll be able to make up for other shortcomings on this list.

Can’t Understand Woody’s Exclusion - Mickey Spagnola, Dallas Cowboys

Once again, the Cowboys legendary safety was ignored by the Hall of Fame selection committee, and Mickey Spagnola just doesn’t get it. Allow him to explain...

See, here is the deal on Woodson: You had to watch him play. Sure, he is classified as a safety. But how many safeties are capable of playing strong safety and then later in his career play free safety? Plus, how many safeties can you name capable of going into the slot on the nickel defenses to cover wide receivers? That’s right, wide receivers. Not tight ends. Not running backs. But at times, was called upon to cover Jerry Rice if the All-World receiver should wander into his slot. To me, his versatility is unmatched. But if you just have to have numbers, let me give you some numbers for this five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro.

Let’s start here: Woodson is the Cowboys’ all-time franchise leader in total tackles with 1,350. All-time now. That’s more career tackles than the likes of Randy White, Lee Roy Jordan, Bob Lilly, Chuck Howley, Charlie Waters and Cliff Harris, an all-decade player in the 1970s who darn well should be voted in this time among the senior guys advancing to the finals.