Dallas94Ware Posted May 24 Share Posted May 24 ...head coach. And I think it's time we have this talk (or debate?) Dallas has cycled through some coaches over the last 20 some odd years. Starting with the hire of Dave Campo, which was a poor decision from day one, Jerry has tried kicking the tires on retreads, brought in an all time great, and rolled the dice with an up and coming new age playcalling assistant at the head job. Parcells, everyone knew was not a long term solution. But a great hire nonetheless, as he built a team that was capable of competing and left the team in a much better situation than when he found it. But he was never going to be that answer to a question that requires a solution longer than a few years. Wade Phillips was an experienced coach and defensive guru, and while he was essentially just a simple yes man, he was a decent fit at the time. The team was stacked, built well on defense, and had just had a true disciplinarian working them to the bone. The change up offered the young team a chance at defining their own culture. But this, again, was never going to be a long term answer. Garrett was probably the most realistic chance Jerry and co. Have taken at a long term head guy. He had an eye for talent and stressed football players over athletic talent. While his tenure was a roller coaster ride and his short comings evident, the hire was a shot at locking in that youthful, new era (at the time) coach capable of being that stern faced, arms-crossed, thoughtful-faced coach that could usher in a decade and a half of winning culture and leadership. In some regards it worked, but in most regards, it did not. Now enter retread Mike McCarthy, an offensive guru with a great knack for playcalling and play design. This may be his first true chance to show what has made him a coveted offensive coach even prior to Green Bay. But you know what he has never been? A good head coach. Hear me out... He was run out of town in GB because of his lack of clock management skills and a consistent inability to develop the talented players they brought in. He won a ring on the magic of Aaron Rodgers and the quality depth built when Brett Favre was still the QB. Short of the rise of Rodgers to an all time great, the team seemed to drop another peg every season under McCarthy. Those long term, good answers to the HC question typically fall into one of several categories: A swift thinking, gameplan man who's playcalling, in-game and halftime adjustments, and ability to put his guys in a position best suited for them, week in and week out. Guys like Sean McVay, Sean Payton and, despite mixed results, even Ron Rivera fall into this category. A leader who builds culture, stresses discipline and hard work, spots and hires great assistants to cooperatively install and execute a proper scheme and gameplan, and puts an emphasis on doing the basics to perfection. This is the Mike Tomlins, Bill Belichicks and Harbaughs of the football world. The creative guy who's chess like strategies vary greatly week to week, but also carry over several key principles that they have had their team master. They emphasize system and execution of their system, and use their creativity to catch you off guard at the worst moments to out coach their opponent for a win. The trust the process guys. This is the Andy Reids, Bruce Arians, and Kyle Shannahans of football. Now sure, with many of those guys there are clear overlaps in my little set of categories. For example, Shannahan also spots and hires great assistants or Sean Payton definitely puts system and gameplan at a top priority, and will certainly out coach you withna chess move you never saw coming. And that's all part of what makes them even greater. But where does Mike fall? At GB he certainly showed he was more the glorified OC and not the HC, managing culture, clock, gameplan, and team with success, but rather, managing a great offense and struggling in the areas that differentiate a coordinator from a HC. Is this the year he changes that? Time will tell ... But I am betting no, as his clock management, adjustments, game planning and the like have all already come into question. But, outside of a few true one hit wonders who got lucky with an all pro cast - much like Mike himself - all of the SB winners and especially truly long term successes teams have seen to tie directly into that HC being stellar in one of those categories I've mentioned above. If Dallas wants that level of consistent success, with a SB or potentially more, but at least truly competing for one every season (save for a bad injury plagued season or just a few bad ball bounce seasons mixed in) then they really need to step it up in finding that next great leader at HC. They lost out on two guys I banged the forum table for hard in Vrabel and now Ryans, and I was even all for, albiet a bit on the fence for Steichen, and even going further back I was all in for Kyle Shannahan. But there are still some quality candidates for that position coming up. Dan Quinn could, possibly, be a shorter term but quality answer as he has that track record to boot. Some even local Texas NCAA coaches who I think deserve a true chance as a coordinator in the NFL and eventually a pro HC. But until Dallas answers that HC question with a solid, long term answer...their success will always be a roller coaster, and season optimism pretty much always be met with a "yeah, but..." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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