The Cowboys’ most significant problems last year were a combination of debilitating penalties and time management. Both of these things are typically indicative of lousy coaching. I don’t want to blame Mike McCarthy for the team’s problems all year with penalties, but that still is the head coach’s job to keep his guys disciplined. The verdict has been out on Mike McCarthy’s ability to coach a team to a Superbowl. With rumors surrounding Sean Payton possibly wanting to coach the Cowboys, the seat for McCarthy is hot.
Many teams and fans would be satisfied after winning 12 games, but the Cowboys undoubtedly left last season with a sour taste. I know McCarthy has only had one season of a healthy-ish Cowboys roster, but we have to remember that before the Jason Garrett era Jerry Jones was known to have a quick trigger on coaches. The most tenured coach pre-Garrett was Jimmy Johnson, who spent five years at the helm, and won 2 super bowls. Another disappointing year with an early playoff exit and Sean Payton as a replacement would undoubtedly see McCarthy be let go.
McCarthy is expendable to me and other fans because his specialty seems nonexistent. Every great coach has something they specialize in, and I don’t see that from McCarthy. When McCarthy first came into the league, he was labeled as an offensive guru; he’s far from that now. The Cowboys are run by their coordinators, Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore, in many ways, and it works well. These two take up the bulk of responsibility on both sides of the ball, leaving McCarthy with minimal burden. Time management is the most important job for McCarthy; he was dreadful at it last year. It seemed like every time was of the essence, McCarthy was making a mess of trying to manage the clock.
Now I don’t necessarily think McCarthy is a bad head coach. I should give him credit for a few things he does well. Players seem to rally around him, and his daring nature to go for 4th downs are things I do admire about him as a coach. But I think he’s average, and average will not win you super bowls. A combination of factors like his limited responsibility, constant errors managing the clock, and a reunion with Sean Payton could all push the Cowboys to fire Mccarthy at the end of the year. Especially if the season flames out in the first round or worse.
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