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January 19, 2020 9:45 PM UTC

Mike McCarthy Has Already Doomed the Cowboys to Perpetual Mediocrity

Mike McCarthy was supposed to fix the Dallas Cowboys. He already has them back on the road to perpetual mediocrity.

  • Mike McCarthy was a change that the Dallas Cowboys sorely needed.
  • As a head coach with a record of success, fans had every reason to believe he’d fix the franchise.
  • But it looks like he already has the Cowboys on the wrong track.

For many Dallas Cowboys fans, head coach Mike McCarthy will be able to do no wrong – at least until the 2020 season starts. There’s a simple reason why: He’s not Jason Garrett.

Garrett gave the franchise with some much-needed stability, but that .500 ceiling was just too much to bear.

So, he had to go.

If Mike McCarthy wants the honeymoon period to last, he’s going to have to prove he can turn the team around. If he drops the ball, makes a few classic Cowboys coaching errors, or becomes another Jerry Jones puppet, the claws are going to come out.

It looks like he may have already made his first big mistake.

Mike McCarthy: Kellen Moore Will Be Calling The Plays

Late last week, McCarthy announced that Kellen Moore would be calling the plays next season. Coming from a guy that once said he would never give up play-calling duties, the move came as somewhat of a surprise.

But it sounds like it was a bone the Cowboys had to throw Moore to get him to come back. They should have let him go.

Granted, the Cowboys had the No. 1 offense (total yardage) during the regular season with 431.5 yards a game.

Source: Twitter

But they often gained the most yards in blowout wins over soft opponents or – later in the year – while trying to stage comebacks from significant deficits.

When the team needed the offense to perform, it was not up to the task.

It’s (Still) Amateur Hour in Jerry World

Moore was an improvement over Scott Linehan, but the Cowboys offense struggled in clutch situations, especially near the goal line, and Moore often failed to keep Ezekiel Elliot involved.

When the game was on the line, and the Cowboys needed a big play, they didn’t produce. Too often, Moore had his best weapons on the bench when the team really needed them.

If all that wasn’t enough, according to several Saints defenders, Moore used many of the same signals calling the Cowboys offense as he used back during his playing days at Boise State.

Can mistakes get much more amateur than that?

Cowboys fans had better get ready for another decade of 8-8 finishes.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

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Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:38 PM UTC

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.

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