Let’s just talk some numbers now about Mike McCarthy.. With a 125-77-2 record (.618 winning percentage) in the regular season, McCarthy led the Packers to the playoffs in nine of his 13 seasons as head coach, winning at least one playoff game in six of those nine seasons.. While a lot of people will discount his postseason success on account of the fact that he had Aaron Rodgers as QB, it ignores how integral McCarthy was in Rodgers development as a QB.. Every year around March, McCarthy invites his QBs back to the facility for a two-week camp where he reviews every play from the previous year with his QBs while honing in on the finer details, including details as small as arm angle, head positioning and obviously footwork, that enable effective play from the QB position. No detail is too small as McCarthy will even spend time fixing how a QB takes a snap from under center. Rodgers described it as “breaking that thing (QB play) down to a science, and it really gives you a good feel for what you need to work on.”
McCarthy has helped a few legendary signal-callers with his QB school, including Rich Gannon (when McCarthy was QB coach in Kansas City), Brett Favre and the aforementioned Rodgers, so there’s no question as to whether Dak Prescott would benefit from it as well.
Obviously, the Cowboys could have done much worse than McCarthy IE. Marvin Lewis, Lincoln Reilly in their search for a new head coach. His experience, both generally as a head coach and in terms of playoff success, and ability to aid in the development of the franchise’s No. 1 asset Dak Prescott are incredibly intriguing and great selling points. While McCarthy’s proven track record of success is attractive, it’s his lack of a track record in accordance to his other biggest selling points the use of data-based decision-making (analytics) and an innovative offense that invites skepticism. Which brings it to the point he wants to bring a 14 person football technology department which includes 6 person video unit and 8 person analytics team. McCarthy could end up being the ideal middle ground for both parties, as he not only has the head coaching experience but also has a proven track record of developing QBs and has promised to be more creative and innovative in the future.
Even though McCarthy might not have been the Cowboys fanbase’s favorite head coach candidate, he was an exceedingly realistic option who could certainly provide an upgrade over Garrett. If Mike Mccarthy can add innovation to his stale offense over the years that led to his demise in Green Bay, the Cowboys will be a problem in the NFC East for years to come..