The Dallas Cowboys have seen their Super Bowl aspirations go out the window in a matter of weeks to begin the 2020 season. Mike McCarthy has struggled to guide the franchise to success, which has led to questions about his job status in Dallas. The situation has also led former NFL star wideout Keyshawn Johnson to make an odd suggestion for the team’s next head coach.
Cowboys struggle to start Mike McCarthy’s tenure
The first seven weeks of the 2020 season has quickly become a disaster for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have limped out of the gate in their first campaign under Mike McCarthy. Beyond the franchise losing prominent players such as Dak Prescott and Tyron Smith for the season, the team has struggled defensively in historic fashion.
These issues have continued to pile up with each passing week, which has led to some internal problems becoming public knowledge. The situation has also raised questions about McCarthy’s job security beyond this season.
All that has guided former NFL wide receiver and current analyst Keyshawn Johnson to suggest who the Cowboys should pursue as their next head coach hire.
Keyshawn Johnson suggests the Cowboys should pursue Jim Harbaugh
With the Dallas Cowboys performing well below their expectations, it has ramped up the chatter around Mike McCarthy’s future with the franchise.
McCarthy is only seven games into his tenure in Dallas, but the team’s struggles have pushed outside dialogue toward his departure. During a recent appearance on ESPN’s First Take, Keyshawn Johnson voiced that Jerry Jones should part ways with McCarthy and bring aboard Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“If I was Jerry and them, I would blow it up and go get Jim Harbaugh and call it day.
Harbaugh has been at Michigan since 2015, but before that had a four-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers. He coached the 49ers to much success in his brief stay as the franchise won double-digit games in each of his first three seasons with a pair of NFC West division titles, an NFC Championship appearance in each instance, and a trip to the Super Bowl.
Things wound up burning out after the fourth season between him and management, leading the front office to part ways. Harbaugh has since had varying levels of success at Michigan with three 10-win campaigns but has lost four bowl games.
There hasn’t been any substantial chatter around this potential idea in any capacity. Meanwhile, it’s hard to envision Harbaugh walking away from his contract, which expires after the 2021 season, to join a dysfunctional franchise.
Dallas will continue to remain with Mike McCarthy
The Cowboys’ start to the 2020 season has gone exactly the opposite of what they hoped as the franchise looks far from being a Super Bowl contender.
The front office and ownership have remained headstrong with Mike McCarthy as their long-term answer. All that shouldn’t come as a surprise given how lenient they were with Jason Garrett allowing his tenure to nearly reach a decade.
The Cowboys are looking to get over the hump, but that clearly doesn’t look like it will be this year. Significant injuries and inconsistent play defensively have marred the team. Given all that, Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones both recently backed McCarthy as the right person for the job.
The Cowboys are nothing short of a mess, a storyline that will continue to stick around the franchise in 2020. There will also be persistent chatter around firing McCarthy because of it, but the organization has made it loud and clear that they are firmly committed to their head coach for the long haul.