Seneca Wallace takes on a new role under his former coach, Mike McCarthy.
Mike McCarthy took over as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys during an incredibly uncertain time, but he’s building out his training camp coaching staff with some familiar faces. The Athletic’s Jon Machota reported that Seneca Wallace, who played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers under McCarthy during the 2013 season, has joined the Cowboys’ quarterback room staff.
Wallace was a pretty mediocre quarterback during his prime as a player. He never started a full 16-game season in his career, and he spent time playing with the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns before landing in Green Bay for his final season in the NFL. During his best season with the Seahawks in 2008, Wallace threw for 11 touchdowns and just over 1,500 yards over 10 games.
However, performance as a player isn’t always a reflection of coaching ability. Just look at Bill Belichick, who never even declared for the NFL draft and played Division III football in college but is now one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. Meanwhile, renowned Packers quarterback Bart Starr was a very mediocre coach and only had two winning seasons in his career.
Wallace joins Cowboys quarterback coach Doug Nussmeier and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore among others in the quarterback room and will bring a unique perspective to the staff having played in the NFL more recently than the rest of the group. After the tumultuous offseason between starting quarterback Dak Prescott and the front office, they need all the help they can get.
McCarthy’s Cowboys are being massively hyped as potential Super Bowl contenders this season, but it remains to be seen whether they can live up to those expectations. The Cowboys’ offense is their biggest strength, especially with the addition of rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb beside seasoned star Amari Cooper. Connecting the dots with Prescott and the rest of the offense will be key to their success (or downfall), so Cowboys fans need to hope that Wallace’s tutelage provides the special something that the team needs to finally put the pieces together.