What a time to be alive. Tyler Dunne’s article, “How Huge Egos Destroyed the Packers,” has given Packers fan the most drama they’ve had since Favre becoming a Viking. The usually quiet, and once well-oiled machine known as the Green Bay Packers has now shown that it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows behind the scenes.
While that article focused on McCarthy’s past, I want to take the time to focus on his future. He will likely be one of the most sought after coaches in the 2020 offseason, and odds are he will have his choice of team to lead. After looking at the teams that could have coaching vacancies in 2020, three teams stood out as the best suitors for one of the most successful coaches over the last 13 years. Let’s take a deeper look at each potential suitor.
New York Giants:
The New York Giants have made some very interesting decisions in the past few offseasons. They decided to ignore talented young quarterbacks in the 2018 draft, and take a running back in Saquon Barkley. Don’t get me wrong, Barkley is an extremely talented player, but a team with the second pick in the draft and quarterback that is no longer in their prime, NEEDS to draft a quarterback. The decision to stick with Eli Manning yet again landed them the number six pick in the 2019 draft.
In an even more baffling move, the Giants decided to trade their best player, WR Odell Beckham Jr, for Safety Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks. What is going on you might ask? No one has any idea. This is where you plug in Mike McCarthy. McCarthy is the ideal candidate to lead this team back to their winning ways. The Giants are going to move on from a quarterback who has led their team over the past 15 years, to a young quarterback who is going to need guidance. Who better than the coach who helped the Packers transition from Brett Favre to the Aaron Rodgers? He has experience moving teams to the next phase in their franchise while setting up a culture of success.
McCarthy led one of the most potent offenses in the NFL during the 2010-2014 seasons. The success, however, started to fade away as his offense became outdated and stagnant. One benefit to McCarthy getting the season off is the work he has been putting in to revamp his offensive playbook. In a recent article with ESPN, McCarthy mentioned that he has studied and revised eight different offensive playbooks in the last four months. McCarthy is taking his time “off” to make sure the next offense he leads is anything but predictable. The New York Giants need a coach to come in with experience, guidance, and creativity, for the rebuild they will inevitably have in the 2020 offseason, and Mike McCarthy is the perfect candidate.
The Dallas Cowboys had one of the biggest turnarounds last season. The Cowboys started 3-5 and had fans expecting a coaching change by the end of the year, if not mid-season. Somehow, by the grace of the football gods, the Cowboys turned their season around and ended up making the playoffs after trading for Amari Cooper and unleashing Ezekiel Elliott. One thing hasn’t changed though. Their coach is still Jason “The Clapper” Garrett. He continues to lead the Cowboys to underachieve after leading them to an impressive 13-3 in Elliott’s rookie season.
For a franchise who does not tolerate mediocrity, Jerry Jones has decided to stick with Garrett much longer than anyone expected. Jones needs to do something that he hasn’t done in years, make an intelligent decision. It is time to move on from Garrett and bring in a coach who can take his team to the next level. The defense overachieved last year and has solid pieces in Lawrence, Lee, and Gregory (when he isn’t suspended). The Cowboys bright spot is undoubtedly their offense. They have a top five running back paired with a talented quarterback and wide receiver. Mike McCarthy is only missing a strong slot receiver, and you are talking a deadly offense that could challenge the best defenses in the league. If the Cowboys bring in McCarthy, they will immediately take their offense to the next level while making the Eagles and Cowboys one of the best divisional matchups in the NFL.
As I wrote the Vikings, the scar on my forehead started to burn as if I was talking about Lord Voldemort himself. The Vikings are unfortunately a great fit for Mike McCarthy. They have a defense that brings an intensity to every game that is matched by very few teams in the league. More than that though, they have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL. With possibly the best wide receiver duo in Diggs and Thielen, young running back in Cook, and above average quarterback in Cousins, they can easily be the best offense in the NFL. If anyone can get Kirk Cousins back to his high level of play he experienced in Washington, it is Mike McCarthy. He will have the weapons around him to implement his new offense and has veteran leadership to keep them headed in the right direction. The biggest need for the Vikings is the offensive line, but once that is figured out, I believe McCarthy could make an unstoppable offenseNFL
The Vikings hiring McCarthy would only happen if they miss the playoffs for the second time in the row this coming season. They were one of the most disappointing teams last season, and are hoping to rebound in 2019. If they fall short again, expect the Vikings to move on from Zimmer and to possibly look to a familiar foe to put them back on the throne as the Kings of the North.