Can McCarthyism work in Dallas?

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As we put a wrap on the football season, it’s never too soon to look ahead.

The 2019 campaign may be over, but the offseason should prove to be quite a spectacle with free agency rapidly approaching, the NFL Draft coming to Las Vegas, and before you know it, OTA’s starting.

And the team I’m most intrigued about is the Dallas Cowboys under the leadership of Mike McCarthy.

Imagine that, a coach who’s had success elsewhere, been to the Super Bowl, coming to a team loaded with talent — one that simply needs the right leadership — and potential is limitless.

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I don’t know about you, but it sounds a lot like a guy named Andy Reid, and what he just did with the Kansas City Chiefs.

I say this with the utmost respect for Jason Garrett, as I’m sure he’s a great guy, but he was never the right man for the job in Dallas. Not in charge of one of the most recognizable teams in the world, and certainly not under one of the most controlling owners in sports.

He’s just too nice. In 9 1/2 years as coach of the Cowboys, he was 85-67. In that time, for the most part, they underachieved. Even further, the Cowboys have won just four playoff games since their last title in 1996.

And now, the revival.

If anyone has laid a blueprint in how it’s done, it was Reid, who after 14 largely successful seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, arrived in Kansas City and led the Chiefs to their first title in 50 years.

Regardless of other candidates and who else might have been equipped with the knowledge to take over America’s Team, I’m of the belief McCarthy is at or near the top of the list as a coach who can handle the chore.

It begins with having the chutzpah to stand up to Jones and remind him every single time who’s in charge of the team.

In fact, I’m also certain McCarthy let that be known during the 12-hour interview process that he would not be second-guessed, that he doesn’t need any input and that he can handle his own press conferences with anything concerning his players, games and the entire operation on the field.

Will it be an immediate turnaround? Good question. It took Reid seven years to get the Chiefs into a Super Bowl. But he also didn’t necessarily have the type of roster McCarthy has in his first season.

Some believed the Cowboys had the talent to be in Super Bowl LIV, facing the Chiefs. And if we’re talking immediacy, I do believe McCarthy’s mind will help push Dallas’ offensive prowess to its full potential. I expect to see a faster-paced, confident, up-tempo game come to life, led by Dak Prescott.

Under Garrett, opposing defenses had time to control the tempo with their schemes. Under McCarthy, there will be no time. He will have the offense clicking from day one.

I know McCarthy’s ways grew stale in Green Bay, and it led to a falling out with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But change is good all around, a fresh start seemed to help the Packers, and now a fresh start will not only help Prescott and the Cowboys offense, but this is a move that will revive McCarthy’s football IQ in a new setting.

The other thing that will change is the locker-room culture. McCarthy’s relationship with the Packers wasn’t the only one that grew stale; Garrett lost his locker room and to some degree the respect a head coach needs. 

Again, it’s not about the players disliking him — he doesn’t seem like a person that is disliked by anyone — but rather the respect he wasn’t getting as a coach.

McCarthy brings an extensive head coaching resume from Green Bay that includes six NFC North titles, three NFC Championship appearances, and a Super Bowl ring in 2010. The Cowboys are well aware of the new sheriff in town, and that’s important. They’ll come in with a fresh attitude and the type of respect needed when training camp opens.

Brace yourselves Cowboys fans, America’s Team has the right man in charge, and you can be thankful for the job Reid has done in Kansas City, for what is about to take place in Dallas.

Last week: 1-0

Final 2019 record: 55-50-3

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W.G. Ramirez

W.G. Ramirez is a 32-year veteran covering sports in Southern Nevada, and resident of 46 years. He is a freelance reporter in Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada correspondent for The Associated Press.

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