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Sense & Sensibility: Cowboys Start Fresh with Coach Mike McCarthy

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo MESPORTS SOUTH

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DALLAS— The cruel and unusual punishment that comes with being a Cowboys fan the past decade is finally at rest. It still may be a while before anyone should start saying that “Americas Team” is back but at least it seems that the new era and decade for the Cowboys could be more promising in the not so distant future but that remains to be seen.

 Perhaps, Jerry finally realized it might be good to be sensible instead of senseless Monday with the hiring of his eighth coach for the Cowboys franchise. Hell after nine seasons Jason Garrett was barely out the door when Jones announced 56-year-old Former Green Bay HC, Mike McCarthy would begin the new decade overseeing his Cowboys.

McCarthy has been out of the game for the past year but still brings a solid resume and more importantly some interesting analytics that could bring some new dynamics to this stagnate Cowboys ball club. Even with the accolades which included a Lombardi Trophy in 2011 which was thanks to a trip to Arlington.

The question is can McCarthy’s comeback catapult the Cowboys back or will it be an extension of his troubles he had the final seasons in Green Bay? He boasts a .618 winning percentage rate and only accounted for three losing records over the course of his tenure with Green Bay, but similar to Garrett that downfall came during the final years. The final season McCarthy left the Packers pitiful with 4-7-1 season. The Packers had no problem bouncing going 13-3 under Matt LaFleur.

Like I said don’t get too excited yet Cowboy Nation not until some tangible results are seen. Another factor in the success of this hire goes back to the Ringmaster himself Mr. Jerry Jones. It seems that perhaps Jones is finally learning to let go and let the head coach actually coach. However, this could only be temporary. The biggest challenge McCarthy will face along with Jones will be to find a sensible common ground that sets boundaries between the field and the front office.

As for Garrett in his defense like any coach in relation to his team all good things must come to an end. At some point, a coach can only do so much to elevate the team he has and vice versa. When that time comes it’s time to part ways it’s nothing personal it’s just football right? The time to cut ties for the Cowboys should have come long ago but for whatever reason, it had to take this course.

McCarthy and the Cowboys are both in need of a fresh start so perhaps the Cowboys could finally have met their match at least for the time being. Right now it’s all a matter of speculation so don’t let the forecast sway you one way or another if you can help it.

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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL beat writer. She is our Sr. Editor and columnist for MESPORTS digital. A Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @Misskyus2011

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