Dallas Cowboys: A
The mandate for the Dallas Cowboys in this coaching search was to find a guy who could get the most out of a talented roster that never lived up to its potential under head coach Jason Garrett. While the process of letting Garrett go was a bit messy, the Cowboys stuck the landing by hiring Mike McCarthy to be their next head coach.
The game appeared to pass McCarthy by at the end of his tenure in Green Bay, but he has been doing his homework to study up on the modern NFL. McCarthy is also a proven winner who helped develop Aaron Rodgers into the NFL’s best quarterback, so he should do wonders with the evolution of Dak Prescott’s game.
There were some flashier names out there in the college ranks, such as Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley or former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, but with the state of the Cowboys’ roster finding a guy who has demonstrated he can win was the prudent hire. Jerry Jones did just that with McCarthy, who went to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons with the Packers.
The Cowboys haven’t had nearly that kind of success of late, advancing to the postseason only three times in Garrett’s tenure as head coach. McCarthy is poised to right the ship and get Dallas back in the mix for titles rather quickly.