Mike McCarthy’s objective as the Dallas Cowboys newest head coach is clear. He’s not in in Dallas to begin a rebuilding period. He’s here to win, and we’re talking about regular season games. When the Cowboys signed McCarthy, they did so with a sixth Lombardi Trophy for the franchise in mind.
After all, the Cowboys do have a very talented roster. It’s not perfect (I’m not sure any roster in the NFL is), but key pieces are in place. Young players like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, DeMarcus Lawrence, Jaylon Smith among many others have most of their careers ahead of them.
An experienced coach like McCarthy has a good chance of winning the big one with this much talent. His credentials speak for themselves. The former Green Bay Packers Head Coach led his team to eight consecutive postseasons and a Super Bowl win in 2010. His time in Green Bay might’ve ended in ugly fashion, but there’s no denying he found success through most of his tenure there.
Head coaches have been successful when moving on to second teams before. Think about Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll or Andy Reid. However, here’s a bit of trivia for you. In the history of the NFL, how many coaches have won a Super Bowl with two different teams? The answer may not encourage you.
No coach in league history has been able to get a ring with two different teams. Multiple Super Bowl winners have done so with the same team, though. How relevant is that stat, however? I’d bet not much.
There have been coaches close to achieving such a feat it in two different teams. Bill Parcells was close to winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots after getting two rings with the New York Giants. Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren were also close to making history with Super Bowl wins in different teams.
Think about it. Winning a Super Bowl is difficult. Winning it twice or more is a Hall of Fame-worthy achievement. Now how hard is it to be a Super Bowl winning head coach, move on from your team and win it with another one?
I wouldn’t make much out of this stat, but it’ll be exciting to see if Mike McCarthy can be the first head coach in NFL history to do it. He has a talented team, a revamped offense and coaching philosophy after a year off, and his pick of coaches under him.
2020 and beyond should be exciting times for the Dallas Cowboys. A new era has begun in Cowboys football.