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Mike McCarthy considered Giants job due to Daniel Jones

Mike McCarthy, Daniel Jones, Giants

Incoming Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy will welcome the opportunity to work with Dak Prescott–pending the two sides agree on a contract–but a different quarterback nearly coaxed McCarthy to take another head coaching job.

Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reported McCarthy showed interest in the New York Giants due in part to the intrigue of working with Daniel Jones:

An NFL source told The Post that, though McCarthy always favored the Cowboys above other head-coach vacancies this offseason, he thought the “Giants’ job was very good because of Daniel Jones.” McCarthy interviewed with the Giants on Jan. 4, but he left town without an offer and headed to a 12-hour-long sleepover meeting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Giants co-owner John Mara previously stated the team used Jones as a selling point throughout the hiring process, which apparently struck a chord with McCarthy.

However, McCarthy elected to head to Dallas, a perfectly reasonable decision given the level of talent on that roster in comparison to the Giants.

Jones was somewhat of a lightning rod for criticism in his rookie season.

The former No. 6 overall pick dazzled in his first start, throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for the game-winning score in a Week 3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But the rest of the season was mostly a mixed bag. Jones showed flashes of brilliance at times, but he also led the NFL with 18 fumbles and averaged just 6.6 yards gained per pass attempt.

Still, McCarthy, who has coached both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, was intrigued enough by Jones’ talent, and he nearly ended up in New York.