McCarthy is the leader of a media team and fiery, however, there are those who doubt his decisions and his approach to work
FRISCO, Texas – At 5-1, there are many reasons for the success of the Dallas Cowboys.
The return of Dak Prescott after injury and with MVP level
Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s game plan
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s ability to remake the unit that was hit so hard in 2020
The return in form of running back Ezekiel Elliott as one of the best running backs in the NFL
The offensive line play under Pro Bowlers Tyron Smith and Zack Martin
The wordless start with seven interceptions by cornerback Trevon Diggs
Rookie Micah Parsons’ Big Plays
The directive when recruiting in free agency and financially
It seems like the credits go everywhere and not to coach Mike McCarthy.
“There is a lack of understanding of how a team works,” says the owner and general manager. Jerry jones. “Those guys are not there if it is not for the mandate of Mike. I can assure you that he was there with both (Moore and Quinn) with a lot of commitment and hard work. So that’s why Mike’s leadership is a great asset. “
“At the end of the day, you hear that some complement each other, offensively and defensively and that is also the job of the coach, to accommodate, to complement, as well as being the leader in setting the tone of the team in relation to the body language, in relation to the kinds of things you are trying to communicate to the players. He’s the leader and he’s doing an incredible job. “
The disastrous 2020 season with a 6-10 record can be explained in many ways: the pandemic of COVID-19, Prescott’s ankle injury that cost him 11 games, defensive collapse (they allowed 29.6 points per game, 28th in the league), the death of the strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul. McCarthy faced 2021 with doubts.
Since play-free and defensive back-up, some wonder what McCarthy really does.
It is the same questioning as the previous coach, Jason garrett had to face after failing to decide plays in 2013. Garrett took no credit for 2014’s 12-4 season – it was given to the quarterback Tony romo, running back DeMarco Murray, wide receiver Dez Bryant and offensive coordinator Scot Linehan. Nor in 2013 (13-3) – that was for Elliott and Linehan as they cleverly employed rookie Prescott with a defensive opportunity, despite Garrett being named coach of the year. Same in 2018 (10-6) – with the trade for catcher Amari Cooper.
Ultimately, Garrett was given credit for his consistency and focus. As repetitive as it sounds publicly, the players were with him despite his lack of postseason success.
The calm of McCarthy he has been a good influence for a team that is constantly in the spotlight.
“It is definitely needed in a leadership position,” McCarthy said. “I think all of us, we learn things not only about the game, the preparation part, the performance part, but you definitely have to learn about yourself. I am a big believer in hearing your own language. I think you’re training a different generation today than when I entered the league in the early 90’s. I think it’s part of the learning process. Again, if you want consistency, you have to have consistency from the leadership position. “
In physically grooming his team, McCarthy takes an almost scientific approach. He has meetings with strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash and rehab director Britt Brown every day, studying after practice the GPS numbers that track each player’s activity.
Instead of a traditional practice on Fridays, Cowboys They go through a regeneration day designed to be at their mental and physical best. After Monday night’s win against the Philadelphia Eagles, McCarthy did not coach players with a team the following week.
“We are all a product of our own experiences,” Cooper said. “I remember him saying once that he had already led a team from the ground. He said that, so he will tell you. And I guess it wasn’t a good thing and he learned from that experience. So yeah, he does things a little differently now. He is very aware of how we might feel during the week after Sunday’s games. “
McCarthy it gives freedom to its assistants. Moore is the biggest beneficiary. Arriving in Dallas, McCarthy surprisingly said he would keep Moore as the playmaker. When he was with the Green Bay Packers, McCarthy briefly gave up on that in 2015 before resuming duties and said he would never give up on them again.
Moore currently leads the number one offense in yards per game (460.8) and points per game (34.2).
“[McCarthy] it’s an amazing resource for me as I go through each and every week just to say in the talks, ‘Hey, what do you think about this situation? What do you think if maybe we did X, Y and Z? “Describes Moore.” And we can share those ideas together. And I think, since this is our second year together, I think we are so well aligned in terms of our approach, our system and the routine that we take every week, that we are in a really good place ”.
Quinn said that one of the “superpowers of McCarthy is that he is a very consistent person. “
“He doesn’t ride the wave, so I think he can see [dónde] there are the others and say, ‘Hey, let’s keep this in the middle.’ But he has a good connection with the players. He is direct in his communication. I think that as a player and as a coach that is what you want. Tell us directly what we need and how we are going to do to win. “
Winning is the most important thing. Winning is the reason Jones hired McCarthy. He went to the playoffs in nine of his 13 years with the Packers and was 125-77-2 (.618). He attended four NFC championship games. Won a Super Bowl.
Following the early season loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McCarthy was 17-27-1 since his last playoff season with the Packers in 2016. By comparison, Matt Patricia He was 13-29-1 in 43 games as the 2018-20 Detroit Lions coach.
The Cowboys They haven’t lost since, but there are some who believe they win in spite of McCarthy, not because of him, signaling fourth-down decisions and keeping the clock.
In the Week 2 win against the Los Angeles Chargers, McCarthy was criticized for settling for a 56-yard field goal, arguing that the clock he was looking at inside SoFi Stadium went off. In the Week 3 win against the Eagles, he did not call for a timeout at the end of the half, drawing the ire of Peyton manning in the transmission of Monday Night Football.
In Sunday’s win against the New England Patriots, he made some “eyebrow-raising” decisions by challenging a play and attempting fourth-down conversions. On the first drive of the game, he opted for a conversion to fourth at the Dallas 34-yard line and was stopped, prompting a challenge that he lost.
“It’s obvious that I have great confidence in our offense,” McCarthy defended, “and rightly so.”
In the fourth quarter, trailing by a point with 2:47 left, he opted for a 51-yard field goal attempt by Greg Zuerlein and the kick went over the left.
In the game-tying series, there was some downward confusion after a 24-yard complete pass to catcher CeeDee Lamb for two penalties to guard Connor Williams. The broadcast feed had it as second and 25; the down markers on the field had him as third.
McCarthy called a timeout with 24 seconds left and sent Zuerlein for a 49-yard field goal attempt to tie the game, leaving time on the clock for New England.
According to a probability model of ESPN favored both field goal attempts. In the first, the probability was 51.1% to kick and 45.5% to try. In the second, it was a 34.2% kick and 23.7% in favor.
While there have been questions about those decisions, the Cowboys won and have continued to win. They have a 97.1% chance of reaching the playoffs, according to the ESPN Football Power Index.
“The only thing you can’t know is how an individual acts when under pressure, how he performs the task at hand, and what happens when you are in the trench,” Jones explained. “And he was absolutely outstanding after our disappointing first year and he responded the way he wanted.”
“We have to have some initial challenges and that has happened to me a couple of times before. Jimmy Johnson and I lost fast under an aura of harsh criticism, and I saw how it worked out. With Mike, he deserves all the confidence.”