Legend Rick Gosselin talks Cowboys, Jimmy, Jerry, McCarthy and more

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Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys

Q: How do you think Mike McCarthy has done in Dallas? It is not the easiest environment to coach in. Dealing with an owner who never wants to empower his head coach.

A: Back-to-back 12-win seasons. The only other team to do that has been Kansas City. The difference? The Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes and the Cowboys don’t. You want a coach who can put you in position to win a championship and McCarthy has done that twice now. And he’s done it with Jerry’s involvement in both player and coaching staff decisions.

“This should be the best chance for the Cowboys to win a championship since [McCarthy’s] arrival.”

On the biggest stage – the playoffs – your players need to make plays. That’s why Troy Aikman and Jerry Rice and Reggie White are in the Hall of Fame. More players need to step up in January.

Q: Why do you believe it took so long for Mike McCarthy to take over the play calling?

A: Mike has always wanted to run the ball more. Kellen has always wanted to pass the ball more. The two teams that reached the NFC title game last season — Philadelphia and San Francisco – were run first teams. Mike could take the Cowboys more in that direction by calling the plays. So, he’s now got the headset now and Kellen doesn’t.