Cow­boys hire McCarthy as coach

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By SCHUYLER DIXON

Mike McCarthy won a Su­per Bowl and went to the play­offs eight straight years while coach­ing two-time MVP quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers. The Dal­las Cow­boys are hop­ing for sim­i­lar re­sults from McCarthy with Dak Prescott. McCarthy, who won the ti­tle as Green Bay’s coach at the home of the Cow­boys nine years ago, has agreed to be­come the ninth coach in Dal­las team history, a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal said Mon­day.

FRISCO, Texas — Mike McCarthy won a Su­per Bowl and went to the play­offs eight straight years while coach­ing two-time MVP quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers.

The Dal­las Cow­boys are hop­ing for sim­i­lar re­sults from McCarthy with Dak Prescott.

McCarthy, who won the ti­tle as Green Bay’s coach at the home of the Cow­boys nine years ago, has agreed to be­come the ninth coach in Dal­las team history, a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal said Mon­day.

The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team hasn’t an­nounced the de­ci­sion.

McCarthy in­ter­viewed over the week­end, be­fore the Cow­boys made the an­nounce­ment Sun­day that Ja­son Gar­rett wouldn’t re­turn af­ter 9½ sea­sons.

Dal­las missed the play­offs at 8-8 with high ex­pec­ta­tions in a make-or-break sea­son for Gar­rett, whose con­tract ex­pires next week.

Green Bay made nine trips to the post­sea­son in 13 years un­der McCarthy. That’s the only other head coach­ing job the 56-year-old has held. He was fired dur­ing what ended up be­ing a sec­ond straight los­ing sea­son for the Pack­ers in 2018.

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.

The eight-year play­off run for McCarthy and Rodgers was from 2009-16, a stretch that in­cluded two di­vi­sional-round vic­to­ries over the Gar­rett-led Cow­boys.

The Cow­boys be­lieve they have their next fran­chise QB in Prescott, who was the 2016 NFL Of­fen­sive Rookie of the Year af­ter re­plac­ing the in­jured Tony Romo and never re­lin­quish­ing the start­ing job.

Prescott, whose rookie con­tract is ex­pir­ing, and two-time rush­ing cham­pion Ezekiel El­liott have made the play­offs twice in four sea­sons and got their first play­off vic­tory in 2018 af­ter los­ing their post­sea­son de­but to Rodgers and McCarthy with Dal­las as the NFC’s top seed in 2016.

McCarthy was fired af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing loss at Lam­beau Field to Ari­zona, a de­feat that all but sealed a sec­ond straight year with­out a post­sea­son trip for the Pack­ers.

With a man­date to get the Cow­boys past the di­vi­sional round for the first time in nearly 25 years, Gar­rett couldn’t build on a 3-0 start. Dal­las went 4-8 in the next 12 games with a pair of three­game los­ing streaks.

The Cow­boys still had a chance to make the play­offs with a win at Philadelph­ia in Week 16, but the 17-9 loss handed their post­sea­son fate to the Ea­gles for the fi­nal week. Philadelph­ia beat the New York Gi­ants 34-17, elim­i­nat­ing Dal­las de­spite its 47-16 win over Wash­ing­ton.

Dal­las fin­ished 8-8 four times un­der Gar­rett, who had an 87-70 record, in­clud­ing 2-3 in the play­offs, in nine-plus sea­sons.

De­spite never win­ning more than one play­off game in a sea­son, the 53-year-old Gar­rett has the club’s sec­ond-long­est ten­ure be­hind Pro Foot­ball Hall of Famer Tom Landry, coach for the fran­chise’s first 29 sea­sons.

As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW GUY Mike McCarthy, seen in this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, was hired by the Dal­las Cow­boys to re­place Ja­son Gar­rett as head coach, a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal said Mon­day.

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