After firing Jason Garrett at the end of the 2019 NFL season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was faced with a plethora of head coaching options. Mike McCarthy was chosen over Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, who recently joined the Carolina Panthers, his team’s opponent this Sunday. 004
$ Jones was asked why he didn’t choose Rhule to replace Garrett in 3 The Fan ahead of that big game. The Cowboys did their research on Rhule while looking for a new coach, according to Jones. McCarthy, who had been out of football for a year after being fired by the Green Bay Packers in 2018, was eventually chosen by the Cowboys. Jones explained that he preferred McCarthy because of his “skins on the wall” and experience. However, ESPN’s Ed Werder noted that the Cowboys’ interest in Rhule didn’t appear to be all that serious. He claimed this morning on Twitter that the team never contacted Rhule about his interest in the position.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) October 1, 2021
It will be interesting to see if Jerry Jones made the right decision. Mike McCarthy led the Cowboys to a 6-10 record in his first season with the team, despite being without star quarterback Dak Prescott for the majority of the season. They were one win away from winning the NFC East that year, and they’re off to a 2-1 start this season, leading the division. Last season, Matt Rhule led the Panthers to a 5-11 record. However, thanks to an elite defense and a breakout season from quarterback Sam Darnold, they are off to a 3-0 start this season.
The game at AT&T Stadium on Sunday will reveal whether Jerry Jones made the right coaching choice. Nokia News