This stat makes Packers decision to move on from Mike McCarthy look even better

Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Green Bay Packers made the right choice to punt on Mike McCarthy after 2018.

The Green Bay Packers have absolutely won the Mike McCarthy divorce through 2020.

Though McCarthy was the head coach of the Super Bowl championship team back in 2010, the Packers never got back to the title bout throughout the rest of his tenure in Green Bay. In year one leading the Packers, Matt LaFleur had Green Bay back in the NFC Championship game. If you need any more proof about who won the divorce between Green Bay and McCarthy, just check this out.

There are reasons for it, but what a stat that is working against Mike McCarthy

In LaFleur’s first year leading Green Bay, the Packers went 13-3, won the NFC North and made it all the way to the NFC Championship game before bowing out to Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers. McCarthy spent 2019 out of football, learning all the football in the world in his Appleton, Wisconsin barn. Well, guess what? His 2020 Dallas Cowboys are 2-7 through nine weeks.

The only two games the Cowboys have won this season under McCarthy came in Week 2 when the Atlanta Falcons ripped defeat out of the jaws of victory. The worst onside kick recovery led to the Cowboys pulling off the impossible comeback. Atlanta fell to 0-2 and after the Falcons’ 0-5 start, they fired former head coach Dan Quinn. They have gone 3-1 since his Quinn’s termination.

Dallas’ other victory under McCarthy came at home to the awful division rival New York Giants. This was the game starting quarterback Dak Prescott broke his ankle and had to miss the rest of the season. Enter Andy Dalton, and the Cowboys have not win a game since. They have started Dalton, rookie Ben DiNucci and former AAF league MVP Garrett Gilbert. It has been a tire fire.

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Since LaFleur was hired, the Packers have gone 19-5 in the regular season, 1-1 in the NFC playoffs and a combined 20-6 overall. In just part of one season under McCarthy, Dallas has cratered to 2-7. In a league full of disappointing teams, the Cowboys are in a class by themselves. And to think, if Arthur Blank fired Quinn last year like he should, Dallas would be 1-8 on the year.

We cannot rule out the possibility of McCarthy going one-and-done Chip Kelly style in Dallas.