Jason Garrett’s unexpected message for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about Mike McCarthy
At McCarthy’s introductory press conference on Wednesday, Jones said that when he informed Garrett that the team would be meeting with McCarthy, Garrett said that Jones was “not going to meet anymore more special than Mike,” per The Ringer.
Garrett spent nine-and-a-half seasons at the helm for the Cowboys, going 85-67 and delivering three NFC East division titles. However, Dallas won just two playoff games during Garrett’s tenure, failing to make it past the Divisional Round, something the Cowboys have still not accomplished since last winning the Super Bowl during the 1995-96 campaign.
Dallas was expected by some to be a darkhorse Super Bowl contender going into 2019, and it played the part early on, winning its first three games in blowout fashion. Still, the Cowboys then went on to go just 5-8 the rest of the way, losing out on the division crown to the injury-riddled Philadelphia Eagles.
The club’s disappointing campaign led to the decision to part ways with Garrett, whose contract expired.
Meanwhile, McCarthy spent 2019 out of the NFL, but he was head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2006 through most of 2018, going 125-77-2 and leading the Packers to nine playoff appearances, six NFC North division titles and, most importantly, a Super Bowl championship during the 2010-11 season.
However, he went just 7-9 in 2017 and 4-7-1 through 12 games in 2018, leading to his dismissal.