Dallas Cowboys Hire Mike McCarthy As New Head Coach

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The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach.

An announcement and press conference are expected later this week.

The news broke shortly after he informed other teams that he had interviewed with that he was out. He told Tom Pelissero he has signed his deal with the Cowboys, making the move official.

The Cowboys interviewed McCarthy last week and it went so well, he spent an extra day in Dallas, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. What’s interesting is that Jason Garrett was still employed as the team’s head coach while the interview took place. Even more bizarre, McCarthy stayed over at the house of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Saturday night, reports Adam Schefter.

Finally, the team informed Garrett on Sunday afternoon that he was out.

McCarthy posted a 125-77-2 record (.618 win percentage) in 13 years with the Packers, winning six NFC North titles and making the playoffs nine times. He’s 10-8 in the postseason and is only the fifth coach ever to win at least 15 games in a regular season.

McCarthy was seen as the most qualified head coaching candidate available this offseason. His development of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay was also seen as a positive for Dallas to continue to develop Dak Prescott. Sources around the league had stated McCarthy would be a “Dak-friendly hire.”

McCarthy took his first NFL coaching job in 1993 when he served as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was later promoted to the team’s quarterbacks coach. In 1999, Green Bay hired him to be their quarterbacks coach before he took a job as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. He worked as an offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2004, spending three seasons with the Saints and one year with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2005, he was hired as the head coach of the Packers.

Green Bay is where McCarthy remained until being fired in 2018. He did not coach in the NFL this season.