5 NFL players who will benefit greatly from their new head coach

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

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One could easily argue wide receiver Michael Gallup already had his breakout season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. As a second-year player out of Colorado State, Gallup hauled in 66 balls for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. Despite his resounding success as a receiver in 2019, it didn’t help the Cowboys get over .500 and keep Jason Garrett in a job.

Dallas opted to hire former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as Garrett’s successor. McCarthy spent a year out of football after a disastrous end in Titletown. While the Packers faded in his final two years with the team, McCarthy had brought great stability and success to the Green Bay organization since coming over from the San Francisco 49ers in the mid-2000s.

Because McCarthy is an offensive-minded coach, we should expect a skill position player on that side of the ball to flourish under his tutelage. With Dallas already having so many offensive stars including quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, it’ll have to be someone else who asserts himself to near-Pro Bowl status.

The reason it’s likely to be a wide receiver is the Packers were never great at running the football when McCarthy was in Green Bay. That could change in Dallas, as he’s never had a tailback the caliber of Elliott. Then again, old habits die hard. If Cooper has a great season on that new fat contract of his, look for even more balls to be going Gallup’s way in year three in this offense.