After several years of failing to meet lofty expectations, the Dallas Cowboys appear ready to answer the bell in 2021. They are currently one of the best teams in the NFL, but there is still room for improvement, says Fox Sports 1 analyst Nick Wright. The First Things First co-host gave Jerry Jones a piece of advice that will instantly make the Cowboys even better.
The Cowboys are off to a 5-1 start
The Cowboys are playing their best football in years through the first six weeks of the 2021 NFL season. They enter their bye week with an impressive 5-1 record, good for first place in the NFC East.
The NFC East was the blueprint for mediocrity in 2020, and none of the teams truly deserved a playoff spot. Dallas finished 6-10, mainly because of poor defense and Dak Prescott‘s season-ending injury.
The Cowboys are leaps and bounds better than they were in 2020. Prescott’s return to action has rejuvenated this football team. Dallas boasts the league’s top-ranked offense in scoring and total yards.
Prescott is playing at an MVP level, leading an explosive offense that features Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, and Amari Cooper. The offense is living up to the hype and then some.
The Cowboys’ defense has been the biggest surprise so far. Jerry Jones brought in Dan Quinn as the new defensive coordinator, and the team is reaping the rewards. Rookie Micah Parsons is on the rise, and Trevon Diggs is currently the Defensive Player of the Year.
With a week off to rest and regroup, Dallas is in a great position moving forward.
Nick Wright suggests Jerry Jones promote Kellen Moore
Although the Dallas Cowboys are 5-1, they’re not perfect. The Arizona Cardinals are the only team in the NFL with an unblemished record.
Just like the Cardinals, though, the Cowboys’ head coach isn’t getting the credit for his team’s great start. Every move Mike McCarthy makes gets analyzed with a fine-tooth comb.
FS1’s Nick Wright was a guest on The Colin Cowherd Podcast and chimed in on the Cowboys’ most recent overtime win and early success. He has a suggestion for Jerry Jones if he wants to win it all.
“If Jerry Jones really wants to win the Super Bowl this year, he should consider elevating Kellen Moore this week,” said Wright. “Mike, it’s been good seeing you. Kellen Moore already calls the plays. McCarthy’s only job is the within-the-game stuff, and he’s terrible at it.”
The Cowboys’ offense has thrived with Kellen Moore as the offensive coordinator. It’s unclear if he’d do well as the head coach, but Nick Wright thinks it should happen. “It would make them better,” he added.
Mike McCarthy’s flaws are showing despite impressive start
It’s rare for a team to get off to such a hot start but have its head coach under scrutiny. Mike McCarthy is defying the odds, though.
With the No. 1 offense and a much-improved defense, it’s not difficult to imagine the Cowboys making a deep playoff run in 2021. However, the biggest threat to their chances is the head coach.
McCarthy’s game management has been puzzling to start the season. The same bugaboo that ended his tenure with the Green Bay Packers is yet again rearing its ugly head in Dallas.
Most recently, the Cowboys head coach called a timeout before a game-tying field goal late in the win over the Patriots. The move left time on the clock for New England. Mental lapses like that can cost Dallas down the road, especially in the big games.
Nick Wright said, “Mike McCarthy is out to lunch” in the crucial moments of a game.
Jerry Jones has defended McCarthy up to this point, though. “I’m right in there with Mike on his game management,” he said per Yahoo Sports. “I think he does it extremely well.”
The Cowboys are winning games, so McCarthy deserves some credit. But if he doesn’t wake up, Jerry Jones may need to make a move before it costs them.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.