DALLAS — Less than 24 hours since the Cowboys confirmed Jason Garrett contract to be Dallas’s head coach would not be renewed in 2020, reports have started to emerged that the former Green Bay Packer head coach Mike McCarthy would become the new Dallas Cowboy head coach.
After reportedly interviewing for the job over the weekend for two days, two people with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed his interview with The Associated Press.
Then today at 8:53 a.m., Jay Glazer with NFL on FOX tweeted, “Scoopage alert: the @dallascowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach. Announcement and press conference expected later this week @NFLonFOX #cowboys.”
At 9:08 a.m., ESPN SportsCenter reported, “Breaking: The Cowboys are expected to hire former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, first reported by FOX Sports and confirmed by ESPN.”
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero also confirmed the news, tweeting “Mike McCarthy tells me he just signed with the #Cowboys. Done deal. He’s their new head coach.”
McCarthy was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2006–2018, winning the Super Bowl in 2010. McCarthy owns a 125-77-2 win-loss-tie record in the regular season, leading the Packers to the playoffs nine of the 13 seasons he served as Green Bay’s head coach.
More importantly, he won at least one playoff game in six of those nine appearances. He had been seen as the early frontrunner in the coaching search if for no other reason than his initial interview spanned multiple days.
Dallas will have a different head coach for the first time since the middle of the 2010 season, when Garrett took over on an interim basis for Wade Philips. With the second-longest tenure behind legendary Tom Landry, Garrett finished his career leading the Cowboys with a 85-67 record, but his teams could only muster one win in three postseason appearances spanning 10 seasons.
But Garrett’s departure comes on the heels of the Cowboys finishing the 2019 season out of the playoffs with a disappointing 8-8 record despite high expectations.