FRISCO, Texas – A day after announcing that Jason Garrett would not return as head coach, the Cowboys may be close to finding his replacement.
Multiple reports say the Cowboys are close to hiring Mike McCarthy, the former long-time Packers head coach who won a Super Bowl with Green Bay inside AT&T Stadium in the 2010 season.
The Cowboys have not confirmed that a deal is close or finalized, however.
McCarthy reportedly interviewed for the job over the weekend. The 56-year-old coached the Packers from 2006-18 and compiled a 125-77-2 record with nine playoff appearances, including eight straight from 2009-16. Green Bay also went to four NFC Championship games under McCarthy.
His tenure in Green Bay coincided with quarterback Aaron Rodgers' rise as one of the NFL's all-time great players.
The Packers' 2010 championship season was also Garrett's first year on the job in Dallas. The Cowboys announced Sunday night that they would not seek a new contract extension with Garrett after nine full seasons at the helm and an 8-8 finish this season with no playoffs.
Relieved of his duties in Green Bay late in the 2018 season, McCarthy spent this season out of football preparing for his next opportunity.
If indeed a deal gets finalized, McCarthy would work with Dak Prescott, who finished the 2019 season one yard short of the franchise's all-time passing yardage record with a career high 30 touchdown passes in his fourth season as a starter.
McCarthy would be the ninth head coach in the franchise's history, tasked with getting a young and talented roster back to the playoffs and championship contention.