dbair1967

Administrator
I stopped writing this a year or so ago, like many the repeated failure year after year after year had worn me out, and it was a waste of time to do them. Every week and every season was like the movie groundhog day.

Now that the day we all waited for has come, I'll be motivated to do these again and yes, homering out for awhile is going to be part of the theme. I think we are ALL entitled to a little homering for once because we finally have at least SOME hope for something different.

1) What a bizarre end to the loser Garrett's time here. We all sat by watching last week scratching our heads and puzzled over what they could possibly be doing. Fast forward to yesterday, and we find out Garrett spent the entire week basically BEGGING the Jones' to give him another chance. One report even said the Jones' told Garrett last Monday he wouldn't be brought back, and yet he still showed up every day, asked for meetings, asked to talk to players and assistants and all the while, was pleading with the Jones to give him one more chance. Needless to say, I've never heard anything like this, and I bet in my lifetime we won't see anything like it again.

2) I guess some question why they hired McCarthy so fast, but they apparently did do SOME due diligence on some other names (like Urban Meyer) and determined they weren't getting him. McCarthy had already had 3 interviews (Carolina, NYG and Cleveland) and apparently impressed the Giants. If your a team looking for a new HC and you are super impressed with the person you are talking to, it's probably smart to move forward as quick as you can rather than risk losing him to another organization.

3) I have no idea whether he'll win big here or not, but as I mentioned in another thread I do think he is EONS more qualified and a better hire than Jason Garrett was. I also like what we've heard about all the self scouting and evaluation into other offensive styles and systems while he was out of work. It shows that he is not so rigid and set in his ways that he can be flexible and is open to change.

4) Looking at his time in GB, he won 10+ games 8 times during a 10 season run that ended in 2017. 9 times he fielded an offense that finished in the top-10 in scoring, and 7 of those were top-5. In 6 different seasons his teams won at LEAST one playoff game, Garrett won 1 playoff game twice.

5) Not going to pretend I know all about Mike Nolan's defensive style, but he is another coaching lifer who has been a HC, coordinator and position coach. He has coached some good defenses and not surprisingly those were the more talented teams he was DC on (93/94 Giants, Ravens in early 2000's, Falcons teams with Mike Smith for a couple yrs). He does have a track record for coaching defenses that force decent amounts of turnovers, something we sorely need here. He's also the son of former Landry assistant Dick Nolan

6) It's not like I watch a lot of Packers football, but over the years they have been on TV a lot. I don't recall many (if any) OBVIOUS bonehead game mis-management errors by him though. Something we saw from Clapper several times a year. This will be a big improvement for sure.

7) Like many, will be very curious to see how McCarthy fills out the staff. Was glad to see several reports that no current assistants were forced on MM, if he keeps a few of them so be it, but hopefully we get new blood on defense and special teams, we need it bad. I did see a report tonight that said MM intends to call plays whether Kellen Moore is retained or not, another positive sign I think.

8) For a team that almost annually cant keep a secret about anything, they did a pretty fair job keeping their plans for this under wraps. Someone was saying the other day this is the longest Jerry has ever went during a season without being on radio, TV or in headlines. And it was satisfying to see this.

Am cautiously optimistic about what we'll be like on the field next year. I don't think any of our players have gotten really good coaching in years, and they will be getting that moving forward. Even if they didn't make any personnel changes (impossible with so many free agents that will likely leave) if the team was relatively healthy, I'd feel pretty good about McCarthy getting 2-3 more wins out of the team than Garrett would.
 

bbgun

Administrator
I would have preferred a coach who was a defensive specialist, but Rivera was off the market and we missed Brian Flores by one year (not that Jerry would have hired a mere LB coach). I also wanted a coach who was a complete 180 from Garrett personality-wise, but McCarthy is not a fire-breathing ass kicker who rules with an iron fist. Rodgers clashed with him because he felt the offense had become stale and archaic, and GB hasn't exactly taken a step back without him. Nor has he ever emphasized the run, although he never had a RB of Zeke's quality. Jerry limiting the candidates to only those guys with previous HC experience really boxed him in. I wish they had gone younger and smarter at the position, not just "safe."
 

theoneandonly

Quality Starter
Good job dbair but I am not remotely optimistic about the hire. I see a fat puppet willing to give Jerry credit for a check. Hope he proves me wrong.
 

Dodger12

Super Moderator
I would have preferred a coach who was a defensive specialist, but Rivera was off the market and we missed Brian Flores by one year (not that Jerry would have hired a mere LB coach). I also wanted a coach who was a complete 180 from Garrett personality-wise, but McCarthy is not a fire-breathing ass kicker who rules with an iron fist. Rodgers clashed with him because he felt the offense had become stale and archaic, and GB hasn't exactly taken a step back without him. Nor has he ever emphasized the run, although he never had a RB of Zeke's quality. Jerry limiting the candidates to only those guys with previous HC experience really boxed him in. I wish they had gone younger and smarter at the position, not just "safe."
I don't think this was a safe pick at all. Of course, it all depends on what your definition of "safe" is, as it may be completely different from Jerry's definition. McCarthy is not a Jerry guy and Jerry went out of his comfort zone. I mentioned earlier that Jerry had to get a guy with experience that could evaluate Dak before he gets that big contract so I always believed it was going to be an offensive guy.

McCarthy may not work out here, but I like the pick and it's a solid one. And I like Nolan at DC. Nolan and McCarthy are coaches....real coaches who would have found work even if Jerry hadn't hired them. They're guys that have earned their cred and I like those kind of guys, just as I despise people (in general) who get shit handed to them without earning their way. It doesn't work in an Alpha environment where you tell men to do things that you yourself have never done.

The more I think about how this staff is shaping up, I like it....I might even be giddy the more I think about it. And I think this move gives Dak every chance to succeed. Next year will be interesting.
 

Dodger12

Super Moderator
Am cautiously optimistic about what we'll be like on the field next year. I don't think any of our players have gotten really good coaching in years, and they will be getting that moving forward. Even if they didn't make any personnel changes (impossible with so many free agents that will likely leave) if the team was relatively healthy, I'd feel pretty good about McCarthy getting 2-3 more wins out of the team than Garrett would.
Good post David. This team is going to change and the brand of football is going to change with it. It's inevitable. Next year is all about evaluating Dak. And a guy like McCarthy is going to use the talent available and not be a slave to his system. Same with Nolan who I thought was a 3 - 4 guy.

In any event, I feel like I'm free after being held hostage for over 10 years with Garrett who was a slimy backstabbing coward. That's how those guys operate. They can't earn it, so they maneuver their way to the top and they have no shame doing it.
 

kwcoolk619

Practice Squad
Hopefully McCarthy used his non-coaching season to gain and present new ideas to this team, and has a plan for success.

I will readily admit that next season will be a season of transition. Why? It may take a year to unravel what and how Garrett coached. Do the players on this team know anything about attention to detail? Or having a concept of coach making half-time or in game adjustments ? Or the concept of accountability? Or being mentally tough?

McCarthy is s proven winner. No doubt. He has to change the mindset and mentality of the players if Jerry allows him to just coach. I hate to say or think this way, but I feel Garrett has psychologically and mentally damaged many players this season. I expect us to be SB contenders in 2021, and win it all at Super Bowl LVI.
 
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Dodger12

Super Moderator
Hopefully McCarthy used his non-coaching season to gain and present new ideas to this team, and has a plan for success.

I will readily admit that next season will be a season of transition. Why? It may take a year to unravel what and how Garrett coached. Do the players on this team know anything about attention to detail? Or having a concept of coach making half-time or in game adjustments ? Or the concept of accountability? Or being mentally tough?

McCarthy is s proven winner. No doubt. He has to change the mindset and mentality of the players if Jerry allows him to just coach. I hate to say or think this way, but I feel Garrett has psychologically and mentally damaged many players this season. I expect us to be SB contenders in 2021, and win it all at Super Bowl LVI.
McCarthy and Nolan change this team's mindset almost immediately. I never bought the idea that the players were motivated by Garrett's gay signs he hung all over the building. And Garrett never seemed to engage the players during the game to do the little things like.....you know, coach.

I'm waiting to see where Garrett interviews for a job. You'd think the moment the team hired McCarthy, Garrett's fan boys in the media would leak any interest by other teams. Garrett's a bum and I've worked with guys like Garrett who never wanted to earn their status. Their future was always dictated by how well they kissed ass and played the part. These people are always supported by frauds who also didn't earn their status in their given professions. I despise Garrett and his ilk and McCarty changes this team the moment he steps foot at Valley Ranch.
 

LAZARUS_LOGAN

Pro Bowler
1) What a bizarre end to the loser Garrett's time here. We all sat by watching last week scratching our heads and puzzled over what they could possibly be doing. Fast forward to yesterday, and we find out Garrett spent the entire week basically BEGGING the Jones' to give him another chance. One report even said the Jones' told Garrett last Monday he wouldn't be brought back, and yet he still showed up every day, asked for meetings, asked to talk to players and assistants and all the while, was pleading with the Jones to give him one more chance. Needless to say, I've never heard anything like this, and I bet in my lifetime we won't see anything like it again.

HOW. PA. THET. TIC. smh. Wow. Can't say that I am surprised. This is the same **** that backstabbed Wade, and threw both players and coaches under the bus. Did he think that the Cowboys could deal with the distraction of him being retained for an entire offseason?

I thought it was odd as well, as to how could he be conducting exit interviews when he had one foot out the door?
 

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