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Mike McCarthy Ranked Among Bottom Half of NFL Head Coaches

Assessing 's actual value as a coach has been a hot topic for several years now. At least one major sports outlet doesn't seem to be a fan, ranking the ' top guy in the bottom half of all NFL head coaches heading into the .

Late last week, Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports published the article that listed McCarthy as only the 18th-best among the league's 32 current head coaches. Here were the writer's specific comments on McCarthy:

“The pendulum has probably swung a little too far in terms of criticizing McCarthy; even if he did have in Green Bay, he's now compiled nine different double-digit-win seasons, including 2021 with Dallas. He's also wisely given plenty of control to play-caller . And yet, with so much talent at his disposal, ill-timed, old-school decisions have too often doomed him. Maybe that's why team owner publicly ponders about canning him for his own .”

From his ouster in Green Bay through these first two years in Dallas, McCarthy's merit has been heavily questioned. Many, myself included, have struggled with how much credit he deserves for his success with the Packers thanks to having QB Aaron Rodgers.

If anything, it's reasonable to criticize Mike for not having multiple championships and greater success with one of the NFL's all-time greats at .

Still, even the writer admits that criticism of McCarthy may have now gone too far. He's now one of eight coaches with a win and the rest of them were all ranked 11th or higher.

Despite a 12-5 record and dominating the division last year, McCarthy wasn't even ranked as the top coach in the . The Eagles' Nick Sirianni was ranked 16th overall, but it's worth nothing that the article's author was raised in Philadelphia.

How you feel about Mike McCarthy depends a lot on how you assign weight to the criteria. If you like your team to routinely make the and win division titles then he's definitely a good guy for the job. But if you don't like seeing your team consistently outclassed by the NFL's elite, you may have a problem.

Between Defensive Coordinator on staff and Jerry Jones having 's number on speed dial, McCarthy can't afford a disappointing season. He goes into 2022 with one of the hotter seats in the NFL and clearly needs to put some respect back on his name.

For the Cowboys' sake, let's hope that this is the year Mike McCarthy escapes Aaron Rodgers' shadow and proves he's one of the best in the business.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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And CBS rankings mean what?


My biggest concerns with McCarthy have always been his in-game time management, and his inability to develop a QB.

Regarding time-management, I’ve come to learn that I think it’s less of an ability to come to a proper and quick decision during the course of a game, but rather it’s actually more of a belief or conceptual philosophy as to when he elects to go for (either 4th downs or 2-pt conversions)? Also, when making potentially game0-altering decisions like those, one would think that’s when he shows more control over the play-call … but that doesn’t appear to be the case here?

Regarding inability to develop a QB, granted he hasn’t really had to, but he’s certainly drafted a bunch, and all but one have been completely inconsequential (Matt Flynn being the exception). Here too he has yet to provide any promise of QB development.

Lawrence C. Baker

He’s lacking in confidence and it shows more often than not! Clock Management, Wasted Timeouts, and Poor decisions at critical times. He has to go and send Kellen Moore with him.

Lawrence C. Baker

McCarthy is fat stupid clown! Jerry and Stephen Jones constantly show their ignorance and incompetence whereas the NFL is concerned. Kellen Moore’s presence doesn’t help McCarthy’s situations either. Nobody wanted Kellen Moore for their Head Coach after last season.! NOBODY!!! What else do you need to see? Other organizations wanted Dan Quinn, but no ones wanted Moore. To take advantage of the talent on their roster, the Cowboys should hire Swan Payton immediately or elevate Dan Quinn immediately. If and when they hire Payton, that spells the end of Kellen Moore’s ass in Dallas!!!

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