Beleaguered Cowboys Pick a New Coach

Green Bay veteran Mike McCarthy will replace Jason Garrett
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2020 10:40 AM CST
Beleaguered Cowboys Pick a New Coach
Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is taking over in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – The Dallas Cowboys didn't take long to settle on Mike McCarthy as their coach after waiting a week to announce they were moving on from Jason Garrett, per the AP. McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl at the home of the Cowboys nine years ago as Green Bay's coach, has agreed to become the ninth coach in team history. (The Dallas Morning News also is reporting the hire.) Green Bay made nine trips to the playoffs in the team's 13 years under McCarthy. The 56-year-old was out of football this season after getting fired during what ended up being a second straight losing season for the Packers in 2018.

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McCarthy led the Packers to at least 10 wins in eight of his first 11 seasons, including four trips to the NFC championship game. Dallas hasn't been that far in the playoffs since the last of the franchise's five Super Bowl titles to finish the 1995 season. The Cowboys missed the playoffs six times in Garrett's nine full seasons. McCarthy also interviewed with Cleveland, Carolina, and the New York Giants. He went 125-77-2 in the regular season with the Packers and 10-8 in the playoffs. The Cowboys have just three playoff wins since their last championship.

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