It has been a fresh new opportunity for Mike McCarthy to add another chapter to his coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys. McCarthy has wasted little time setting the tone for Dallas ahead of his first campaign with the franchise. That has seen him set the standards high to what Cowboys fans and Jerry Jones undoubtedly want to hear.
Cowboys move forward with Mike McCarthy
After years of Cowboys fans calling for it, Jerry Jones finally pulled the trigger to let go Jason Garrett after the 2019 season.
That put the franchise in a situation to start anew in another direction. It didn’t take long for Jones to settle on his next hire with Mike McCarthy quickly cementing himself as the new head coach. McCarthy made the decision easy, as he has had a highly successful coaching resume.
During his nearly 13-year stint with the Green Bay Packers, he held a 135-85-2 record with nine playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl. McCarthy helped make the Packers a postseason constant while experiencing much success with one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers. All that made him a viable choice for the Cowboys moving forward.
It hasn’t taken long for McCarthy to adjust to his new surroundings as he has put a significant goal ahead of his team for the 2020 season.
Mike McCarthy says Cowboys aiming for Super Bowl
There has been a progressively building hype around the Cowboys to bounce back in the 2020 season.
That has been taken up a notch after the hiring of head coach Mike McCarthy, which he has placed significant goals ahead of the team. McCarthy voiced on Saturday that he firmly believes that the Cowboys have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.
“I think conversation like that, frankly, respectfully, is nonsense. If you’re not trying to win a Super Bowl, I don’t know what you’re even doing in this business.”
It’s been nearly three decades since the Cowboys last won a Super Bowl, let alone appear on that stage. Dallas has put together a highly talented roster that can contend for more than the NFC East division title. The front office constructed a team that can certainly live up to those expectations that McCarthy has laid before them.
2020 season expectations
Mike McCarthy has put a massive goal in front of the Cowboys, but it’s one that they have been aiming to reach for many years.
Dallas has a deep group of talent offensively around Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott. Beyond Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, the team has other promising offensive weapons. Wideout Michael Gallup is coming off a career-best campaign with 1,107 receiving yards. That made Cooper and Gallup the first pair of Cowboys wide receivers to post 1,000 receiving yards in the same seasons since 2006.
Meanwhile, rookie CeeDee Lamb has continued to impress his teammates and coaching staff in training camp. That has all put the real possibility that the team could have three wide receivers with more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2020.
That feat has only been accomplished five times in league history. The last time that occurred was in 2008 when the Arizona Cardinals had Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston reached that mark. The Cowboys also have plenty of talent defensively that saw them add Everson Griffen, Dontari Poe, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, and potentially Earl Thomas.
What this all suggests is that the Cowboys have the opportunity to take a significant step forward to compete for a Super Bowl.