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Here’s Hoping: 4 Promising Stats About Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy

The Dallas Cowboys will begin a new era in 2020 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. There are many reasons to be excited as the team is undergoing a coaching change for the first time since 2010. Fans have hope that McCarthy is the coach to bring the Cowboys a Super Bowl ring after so many years of waiting.

Here are a handful of stats to get your hopes up before next season.

All stats from Pro-football-reference.com

Takeaways Season in Dallas?

The Cowboys might not be known for giving the ball away too much, but they have been known for not taking the ball away. Even in good years, defenses in Dallas haven’t been able to get the ball back for their offense.

Jason Garrett led the Cowboys to a second place in the league in takeaways in 2014. However, in nine seasons as the team’s head coach, that was the one time the team ranked in the top 10 in this category. In seven of those nine years, the Cowboys defense ranked 16th or lower, including a 32nd finish in 2015.

Mike McCarthy’s Packers ranked first in this category twice and five times in the Top 10. In Takeaway/Giveaway ratio, the Green Bay had a solid record, ranking in the top 10 nine seasons during McCarthy’s tenure. Only once were his Packers part of the league’s bottom twelve, as they ranked 20th in 2017.

Average Finish in Division

Since 2004, the NFC East hasn’t seen a division champion repeat. What’s worse, Jason Garrett failed to take the Cowboys to consecutive playoff seasons during his stay in Dallas.

That could change pretty soon if McCarthy continues his old ways. His team’s average rank in the division is 1.8, which ranks him in the Top 15 in NFL history. He got six division titles while coaching for the Packers including a four-year streak from 2011 to 2014.

December Football

In order to succeed in the NFL, you have to win football games in the last month of the year. Fates are decided in December, playoff berths are secured or lost. Lucky for the Cowboys, Mike McCarthy has been great in this department.

Between 2006 and 2018, McCarthy’s winning percentage in December was .661, fourth-best in the NFL.

Adjusting the search to get an idea of how Garrett compared to McCarthy in this department during his time in Dallas (2011-2018), we can see the Packers still ranked fourth in the NFL with a .686 mark while the Cowboys were 10th with a winning percentage of .576.

One Super Bowl Win

Duh.

Cheesy, I know. But although no NFL head coach has won the Super Bowl with two different franchises, you have to like McCarthy’s chances. He’s coming to a team with a franchise quarterback on the roster and a premier offense to run.

With Cowboys’ fans suffering from a Super Bowl drought (heck, and NFC Championship Game drought), McCarthy should provide legit hope to see the glory days once again. An ever-elusive sixth Lombardi Trophy coming home?

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Mauricio Rodriguez

Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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  1. I think Mike Mccarthy will be the first coach to take 2 different teams to the Super Bowl!! He’s a good enough coach to do it, plus he came to a team that’s already good enough to go to the Super bowl “especially after the draft”!! I don’t think any other coach has won a super bowl with a team and then got put on coaching a team as good as ours…. Talent wise!! So that’s what gives Mike Mccarthy the best chance to be the first coach to win a Super Bowl with 2 different teams!! Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but we’ll never know till we can get the season started!!

  2. I’m just glad Garrett and his regime are gone. What a waste of time. Not only is MM set up to be the first coach to ever lead 2 different franchises to super bowl wins he could be a coach who wins a Super bowl his 1st year as coach of a franchise. Never know. Too bad this year is in such turmoil. It’s has been and is going to be a complex problem to sort this year out., and all teams will have similar hurdles but NOT ALL THE SAME. For instance, the Dallas facilities may be opening in the next 7 days while Los Angles won’t open til August. Dallas will make the playoffs and should do well there; make a run….

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