Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy reveals big reason for signing Everson Griffen
Everson Griffen terrorized opposing offenses when he was with the Minnesota Vikings and that led to him signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Mike McCarthy, the new head coach of the Cowboys, revealed why Dallas inked a deal with Griffen, per ESPN’s Ed Werder.
#Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy says his experience coaching against Everson Griffen in NFC North was prominent in signing him. Mike McCarthy on Everson Griffen: "He's relentless player. He brings it every down…He's gonna be a great addition to our football team."
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) August 15, 2020
Before accepting the job as the head coach of the Cowboys, McCarthy was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2006-2018. Therefore, after facing Griffen twice a year in the NFC North, McCarthy is aware of how dominant Griffen can be off of the edge.
Earlier this offseason, Griffen agreed to void the final year of his contract with the Vikings. In doing so, the veteran defensive end entered free agency and gave him a chance to seek a new team for the 2020 season. While Minnesota never ruled out a reunion, it was unlikely they would be able to retain him due to their cap situation.
Nevertheless, multiple teams expressed interest in Griffen during his time on the open market. And after he considered his options, it appears the Cowboys gave him an opportunity that he couldn’t refuse.
From 2014-2017, when Griffen was a full-time starter for the Vikings, he combined for 43.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Then, after a somewhat disappointing campaign in 2018, the former Trojan bounced back in 2019, notching eight sacks and 24 quarterback hits.
Besides Griffen, the Cowboys have added Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, and Aldon Smith to their defensive front. Despite Griffen turning 33 years old in December, if he can repeat his performance from last season, Dallas could have a menacing defensive line in 2020.