With the official announcement from the Dallas Cowboys of Jason Garrett being released over the weekend, reports are now circulating that former Greenbay Packers coach Mike McCarthy will be named as the ninth head coach in the history of America’s team.
The news broke via Fox Sports followed by ESPN early Monday morning, however, there has been no official word from the club yet.
McCarthy stayed at the home of Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones on Saturday night, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“Once you stay at Jerry’s house, he doesn’t lose his guy,” the source said.
McCarthy tipped to replace Jason Garrett, who went 85-67 as Dallas’ coach from 2010 to 2019, with the hope that McCarthy can do for the Cowboys what he did for another storied franchise which is winning a Super Bowl.
McCarthy, 56, has already met with the Giants, Browns and Panthers about their vacant head coach positions.
After coaching the Packers from 2006-18, including winning a Super Bowl at AT&T Stadium to end the 2010 season, McCarthy was out of coaching this past year. He has a 125-77-2 career record with nine playoff appearances, including eight straight from 2009-16.
So for the Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones who has not conducted a full-fledged coaching search since 2007, when Bill Parcells decided to retire after four years on the job, fans are hoping it will be done quickly. That year, Jones interviewed several candidates before hiring Wade Phillips, who held the position until the middle of the 2010 season when Garrett was promoted after a 1-7 start.
“Jason Garrett’s legacy with the Dallas Cowboys will always be that of someone who strived for greatness every day that he walked through the door, and as someone who instilled the virtues of enthusiasm, hard work, and appreciation for the profession in all of the men who played with him and for him,” Jones said in an official statement Sunday night.