Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff are the icing on the cake for this talented team.
For a decade, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett roamed the Cowboys sidelines and whether the play was good or bad, he was there clapping louder than an East Texas thunderstorm. If a player scored a touchdown, Coach CLAP-A-LOT would clap. If a player missed a tackle, bungled an assignment or fumbled the ball, Garrett would clap.
Sometimes he mixed things up and added some lip-smacking chewing gum to the equation. Like a energetic Deacon in a church choir, Garrett clapped on. Sadly, that’s about all he did…
With roster that boasted the likes of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, and the best offensive line in the league, Garrett could never out scheme an opponent, rarely made a successful in-game adjustment, and constantly fell victim to mismatches.
To Garrett’s credit: He was a fantastic motivator in that he got his players to play hard each and every down, and they loved and respected him for it. They never quit.
As with any ultra-talented team, talent can only take you but so far, but the proper coaching will take you ever farther.
Coaching matters. Big time.
And that’s why good coaching from head coach Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff will bring the Dallas Cowboys new heights in 2020.
I know it sounds oversimplified, but it’s been a combination of bad decision making and non-development that has held this All Star roster back the last decade.
What Big Mac brings to the table and how Dak benefits
Firstly, Big Mac is an offensive minded coach who’s a quarterback guru. He’s coached two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Brett Favre, and another one in future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers-who he won a Super Bowl with in Green Bay.
Rodgers is one of the most prolific passers of the ball the NFL has ever seen. Rodgers touchdown-to-interception ratio of 4.23 is the best in NFL history, and the Grinch from Green Bay has the NFL’s lowest interception percentage at 1.5 percent. He even boasts the highest single-season passer rating record of 122.5.
Aaron may not want to admit it but Big Mac is a big reason Rodgers will be a Hall of Famer. So imagine what Big Mac will do for Dak’s career. Imagine how Big Mac will use Dak as a dual threat to maximize the efficiency of the offense. In 2019, Dak had a career year with 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns , and won 41 games under the Garrett regimen.
Dak will win more games because he finally has a coach that can teach him the small things that separate the great signal callers from the average ones. And Dak is already a top-10 quarterback.
Big Mac will stress throwing it away versus taking unnecessary risks with errant passes. Think of Rodgers’ low interception rate. Dak took a huge step last season and will only improve with his accuracy and decision making.
No longer will Dallas offense just line up on offense and beat the man in front of them. Expect Big Mac to confuse opposing defenses with different looks and utilizing every offensive weapon at his disposal. Different looks, different schemes, and mismatches will be Big Mac’s calling card.
Simply put, opposing defensive coordinators will be up all night trying to figure out how to stop Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Blake Jarwin, and Noah Brown. Zeke and Pollard will be receiving threats that will make defenses thinks twice about blitzing.
Let’s not forget that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore no longer has Coach CLAP-A-LOT going conservative and changing what was working. Moore can use his coaching acumen to dismantle defenses like he did in the first three games of last season.
That’s what Big Mac will bring to the offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will duplicate the 2018 success of the dynamic linebacker duo of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Those two will make more tackles and get more sacks from the blitzing.
Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula is great defensive line coach and has DeMarcus Lawrence, Aldon Smith, Dontari Poe, Randy Gregory Neville Gallimore, and Tyrone Crawford at his disposal. That means more sacks on the quarterback and stuffing the running backs.
The secondary will be coached up on another level that plays to their strengths versus an outdated technique that suited none of them, including the departed Byron Jones. Trust me, Dallas secondary will create turnovers and reach its full potential as unit.
In conclusion, expect Big Mac and his coaching staff to win more games simply because they out coached and out schemed an opposing team. Instead of losing to a sorry team like the New York Jets in a close game, Dallas will win that game and many more by doing the small things implemented by its coaching staff.
When that happens, anything is possible, including hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February of 2021.