Stephen Jones has said many times that roster construction is something that the Dallas Cowboys are working on every day throughout the year, a 24/7/365 proposition. Ideally the goal for every NFL team is to get better every day, but that philosophy extends beyond the roster into every sector of their team. Part of this unit is the team’s coaching staff which is entering its second season under head coach Mike McCarthy.
While most of the Cowboys staff is a carryover from last year there are some changes, notably at defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn replacing Mike Nolan. The latter was someone whom Mike McCarthy hired in a bit of a speculative move last year, but McCarthy and Nolan had a history dating back to their time together with the San Francisco 49ers.
It appears that McCarthy is hiring a former friend once again. Get ready for Ben McAdoo.
The Dallas Cowboys have hired former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo as a consultant
Time will tell what Ben McAdoo is able to bring to the Cowboys, but it will likely be on the offensive side of the ball. That is where McAdoo made his name in the NFL, notably under Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers before he defected to the New York Giants where he ultimately became head coach. McAdoo was fired by the G-Men in 2017, but he is now back in the division.
Since his dismissal from the Giants almost four years ago Ben McAdoo has only worked in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it was just this past season that he held that post. Jacksonville had their eyes on the future number one overall pick which they wound up using to draft Trevor Lawrence, but there wasn’t exactly stellar quarterback play there in 2020 that would suggest Ben McAdoo did something notable.
We have seen McCarthy hire people in Dallas that he knew from his time in Green Bay before. Staffers like Joe Philbin shared time with McCarthy with the Packers and other people that have strolled through like Scott Tolzien, Seneca Wallace, and Al Harris. It does appear that McAdoo’s history with McCarthy is a key factor here.
It will be interesting to hear McCarthy explain what McAdoo’s role with the Cowboys is going to be, but he is the newest member of the team’s staff.