Hiring Mike McCarthy was a Texas-sized mistake
After 12 seasons of coaching the Green Bay Packers, and compiling a highly respectable 62% win percentage and even winning a Super Bowl, Mike McCarthy scored one of the most coveted positions in professional sports when he agreed to become head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Mired in mediocrity after a seemingly endless run by Jerry Jones yes man Jason Garrett, the Cowboys were presumably getting a huge upgrade. McCarthy was going to bring the championship pedigree the Cowboys had been lacking, and potentially end a near three-decade title drought.
Cowboys have stumbled out of the gate
However, the Mike McCarthy era is off to an awful start. The Cowboys are a miserable 2-4 and just suffered their worst defeat at AT&T Stadium with a 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Their offense can’t stop producing turnovers and their defense is atrocious. While the Cowboys did lose Dak Prescott to injury just a few weeks ago, they weren’t much better with their starting QB.
McCarthy is highly overrated
What everyone seems to forget about McCarthy is that he is a serial underachiever. During his time in Green Bay, McCarthy was only able to win a single Super Bowl during Aaron Rodgers’ prime. If anything, Rodgers carried McCarthy to the point where people believed he was a legitimately great coach.
Ultimately, his lackadaisical play calling and disinterest in improving the team put him in conflict with Rodgers and cost him his job. Since his departure, the Packers have flourished under Matt LaFleur, and Rodgers looks revitalized. The Cowboys are getting the burned out version of McCarthy, not the one who rode Rodgers’ coattails for a Super Bowl title.
Cowboys are lucky to be playing in the "NFC Least"
The only saving grace for Dallas and their new head coach is the abysmal state of the division. There is a very good chance the NFC East has a seven or eight win team win the division, and the Cowboys currently hold the top spot. For McCarthy, a division title and the excuse of Prescott’s injury will absolve him in Jones’ eyes, therefore condemning Cowboys fans to years of mundane football.
Following the trampling on Monday, McCarthy summed it up best by saying, "We didn't play very well on offense, defense, or special teams and most importantly, I didn't coach very well."
Unless the Cowboys pull of a midseason miracle, this very well may sum up what will become an era of ruin for "America's Team" under McCarthy’s guidance.