“It was like love at first sight” between Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy

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The slow divorce between Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett was followed by a Vegas wedding for Jones and Mike McCarthy.

“It was like love at first sight,” a source with knowledge of the dynamics between Jones and McCarthy said when explaining the quick move by the Cowboys to make McCarthy the new head coach.

McCarthy interviewed with the Cowboys on Saturday, and then McCarthy spent the night at Jones’ house, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

So Jerry instantly knew who he wanted, pulling the plug on wherever else the search was going to go, firing Garrett, and hiring McCarthy in rapid succession. And, yes, sometimes multi-billion-dollar businesses move very quickly when it comes to making their biggest and most consequential decisions, even if that stunning speed follows a maddening week of inexplicable delay.

Maybe the explanation is hiding in plain sight. Maybe Garrett, who reportedly wanted desperately to remain the Cowboys coach, persuaded Jones to see if he could find a better option before officially parting ways with Garrett. Maybe Jones agreed to give it a try.

If so, it didn’t take much for Jones to come to the conclusion that he could finally release the bird in the hand, especially since he has found in the bush a coach who has achieved far more than Garrett over the course of the past decade, starting with a Super Bowl win in Jerry’s fortress of football to cap the season during which Garrett became the Cowboys’ head coach.

85 responses to ““It was like love at first sight” between Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy

  1. Doesn’t relate to his players very well

    Blew that Seattle playoff game by not preparing his team for obvious fake field goal by Seahawks

    Fires his assistant coaches instead of taking responsibility

  2. Nice comment about Green Bay being ‘the bush’. I would insert a negative comment about the Vikings here, but will refrain. That aside, after seeing McCarthy handle the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers situation, bring Rodgers to his full potential and the team to the Super Bowl, it’s a good hire. McCarthy had two weaknesses: his teams were always injured a lot and the defense was almost always shaky. Nolan should help the defense.
    Matt LaFleur’s Packers were injured far, far less this year and the team is in the playoffs.

  3. Jason was hoping someone with a resume like McCarthy wouldn’t work for Jerry. Jason didn’t count on how desperate McCarthy was for a job.

    McCarthy: ” …but it’s for your whole family. We need football right now. We won’t need it forever, but we need it right now.”

  4. To think that Jones would even consider keeping Garrett is confounding to everyone but him. The Cowboys have wasted at least 3 yrs w/ him at the helm.

  5. I think it will work the problem in Green Bay is Rodgers, and when Green Bay goes one and done again this weekend everyone will point fingers at everyone else except Aaron Rodgers. It was that way in Indy for all of those years. Oh it’s not manning’s fault the offense couldn’t score more than 15 points it’s someone else’s fault. Green Bay will forever be stuck in neutral with Rodgers at quarterback, and the Dak now has some hope

  6. I’m curious to see how he will do with dak. He really struggled to develop a defense. With Rodgers he should have won another super bowl but they struggled to develop a really good defense ona consistent basis

  7. I think Cow fans are breathing a sigh of relief that their owner did not fall head over heels with Marvin Lewis, another head coach who lasted longer than he should on a team despite the lack of success coaching that team.

  8. This could turn out to be a short rebound relationship,especially after McCarthy gets a good taste of Jones’s meddling. It may not last. We’ll see.

  9. This could be a good hire by the cowboy’s. Provided they are willing to accept a coach who admits his team has become complacent and then does nothing about it. I would think the head coaches job is to prevent players and his assistants coaches from becoming complacent and shaking things up when needed.
    That is the reason M.M. was fired by the Packers. It had nothing to do with a schism between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy. It had everything to do with him admitting he wasn’t putting forth any effort in inspiring the team and was perfectly comfortable with the same old, same old. The offense became predictable, the defense became predictable and M.M. did nothing to change it.

  10. Disclosure – Cowboys fan here.

    My concern is that we’re potentially abandoning prodigy Kellen Moore and the #1 offense in the league for Mike McCarthy to implement the west coast offense, that was most successful almost 40 years ago. This could be a major setback, offensively. Also, McCarthy hired Mike Nolen as his DC. I’ve reviewed the defensive stats of the teams he lead, and there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about. He has a long coaching history, but it seems pedestrian at best from a statistical standpoint. His defenses generate a lot of interceptions. But I fear that means they probably take too many risks, and give up big plays often.

  11. I can just picture Jason Garrett peeping through Jerry’s window watching Jones and McCarthy drinking and having a good time, while tears are pouring from his eyes.

  12. McCarthy will do great with the Cowboys, maybe even better than he did in Green Bay. The guy is smart and works tirelessly. It wasn’t Rodgers that drove him out in Green Bay (pfffft.) It was staleness and predictability. He won’t make the same mistake twice. Congratulations Cowboy fans. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  13. Pretty safe pick, I guess Jerry feels like they have the players to win and doesn’t want to risk a young, ambitious hire. Still I have doubts McCarthy is the missing piece to take them to the SB.

  14. I liked Mike in GB but just like Andy Reid in Philly things got too stale and a change was needed. Hopefully he can find success in Dallas the way Andy has in KC.

  15. What does it say about the respect level other coaches have for Jason Garrett that they were willing to interview for a job that Garrett technically still occupied?

    I understand that owners likely use back channels on a regular basis and everyone knew what seemed to be coming. Wasn’t the general protocol most coaches used to officially not have interest in another coach’s job?

  16. A night at Jerry’s house. Sounds like a bucket wish. THAT would be fun to listen to him until dawn.

    He may be a lot of things but one of them is entertaining. At a minimum, everything would be top shelf.

  17. “Garrett, who reportedly wanted desperately to remain the Cowboys coach, persuaded Jones to see if he could find a better option before officially parting ways with Garrett. Maybe Jones agreed to give it a try.”

    That pretty much exposes Garretts’s lack of self awareness. Jerry could have just went down the road to the nearest high school to find a better option. What consistently got under my skin was when things were going sideways during a game, Garrett would just stand there frozen with a stupid smirk on his face. I want my leader to be emotionally invested in winning, not a game manager who doesn’t make adjustments.

  18. Aaron Rodgers thought Mike had the lowest football IQ, of any coach, he has ever been around. So of course, Jerry holds him in high esteem. Good luck Cowboy fans.

  19. Maybe Garrett can get a job as a greeter at the local Walmart he’d be great…Smiling and clapping as you walk in, and then as you leave frustrated that your kid went nuts while you were shopping Garrett would be there to see you out smiling and clapping telling you how hard you tried, and how you gave it your best shot, but it’s OK that little Timmy just went ballistic in aisle 3 and had a meltdown….Better luck next time…Smiling and Clapping as you head to your car…Think about it

  20. One Delta Bravo falling for another Delta Bravo.

    Dallas is such a mismanaged franchise, it’s not even funny.

  21. This is just sad. And I am not even a Cowboys fan.

    Everything this narcissist does he thinks is special. Ever watch the vid from their draft room? They pick a guy and then all high five as if they split the atom.

    That’s the Cowboys problem, nothing else.

  22. One coach in the NFL has more playoff wins in the last 10 years than McCarthy. ONE.

    Bill Belichick. That’s it. That’s the list.

    I’m not a Packers fan, a Cowboys fan, or even a Mike McCarthy fan, really. But the idea that this is not a good hire baffles me.

  23. So, Garrett gave Jones a hall pass. Jones went out and brought the first guy he saw home to spend the night.

    I’ve seen it a hundred times.

  24. allsyntax says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:06 am
    Disclosure – Cowboys fan here.

    My concern is that we’re potentially abandoning prodigy Kellen Moore and the #1 offense in the league for Mike McCarthy to implement the west coast offense,

    ——-

    you mean the guy that by the end of the season was handing the ball to Elliott only 13 times in a game? That genius?

  25. **Jerry and Mike getting ready for bed, wearing matching PJ’s**

    Jerry: Hey Mike, I forgot to ask; Do you like guacamole?

    Mike (climbing into the top bunk): Yea, I love it.

    Jerry (with a big smile): Good. Me too. Good night Mike. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

    (giggles and laughter)

    Stephen enters the room: Alright you two, thats enough for tonight. Time for bed

  26. jacunn2000 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:07 am
    I can just picture Jason Garrett peeping through Jerry’s window watching Jones and McCarthy drinking and having a good time, while tears are pouring from his eyes.

    ———

    More like Jason was packing up his bedroom in Jones’s house so that McCarthy could move his stuff in….

  27. “I’ve been here when it was glory hole days and I’ve been here when it wasn’t,” Jones said. “Having said that, I want me some glory hole.”

    – Jerry Jones

    I think you found what you were looking for, Jerry

  28. californianewton says:
    January 7, 2020 at 7:56 am
    I think Cow fans are breathing a sigh of relief that their owner did not fall head over heels with Marvin Lewis, another head coach who lasted longer than he should on a team despite the lack of success coaching that team.
    —–

    Lewis was there to satisfy the Rooney Rule and it is doubtful that anyone thought he was under serious consideration.

  29. Just waiting to see if Garrett is picked up by the Giants to face the the Cowboys twice a season. Media is gonna love this.

  30. “even if that stunning speed follows a maddening week of inexplicable delay.”

    Florio, Jones (nor anybody else in the Cowboys FO) owes you ANY explanation for their hiring process. Let’s not forget there were multiple meetings with Garrett as well. It must drive PFT crazy that Jones and the Cowboys don’t revolve around the timeline of the opinion of Mike Florio

    I said it before – not a single team requested permission to interview Garrett. Garrett’s time was up. Change was needed, and the team acted upon that. Of course, the Cowboys will always be under the microscope, fairly or not, and will get criticized regardless of their decision.

  31. The Cowboys always have a ton of talent, it’s hard for me to fault Jerry that much. He’s obviously tough to work with though and I think that is the main issue. He just needs somebody who can coach.

    I honestly don’t know how great a coach McCarthy is. He used to be labeled and innovator. Now he’s labeled as predictable and boring. But at the end of the day the players have to execute his game plan. If he has good talent then as long as his game plans are reasonably good, he’ll win games. I think he’ll be good in Dallas for a long time. But the way he left Green Bay seems really juvenile and ridiculous, mostly because of Aaron Rodgers.

    Time will show who was ridiculous in that scenario as both now have a chance to prove themselves. So far Aaron has done pretty well, not great. As a non-fan of either team, i’m interested to see what happens now.

  32. This bad hire is good for the rest of the league. Jerry should go by his middle name “Jerry Fails Jones” Just – Fails Jones

  33. McCarthy beat him a number of times, and after watching the film continuously, Jerry must have decided that “DEZ DIDN”T CATCH IT”.

  34. When all the comments about this hire are said and done there will be one certainty. McCarthy will get a lot more out of that roster than Garrett did which will make them immediate contenders for the NFC Championship. And I’m not a Cowboys fan. I do like the hire though. Should be interesting.

  35. grant35 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 7:44 am
    To think that Jones would even consider keeping Garrett is confounding to everyone but him. The Cowboys have wasted at least 3 yrs w/ him at the helm.

    Thats exactly what GB did with McCarthy

  36. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 6:50 am
    MM staying overnight at JJ’s home is just creepy. Aren’t there any hotels in the area?

    —-

    Dude, Jerry’s home is huge… not like they were in bunk beds.

  37. McCarthy is an okay pick. I still remember him blowing that championship game against Seattle though.

  38. The historic failure in Seattle game was the result of two people not doing their jobs. A guy that was supposed to do nothing but block decided to try and field the ball, knocking the intended hands guy out of the way. A guy that was supposed to do nothing but prevent a pass to the end zone decided to come up and defend the first down marker.
    If McCarthy has any fault, it would be minimal. These are pros, they should know that “do your job” is job one. Maybe he could have stressed it more, also Belichik.
    You could say he went Schottenheimer in the fourth quarter, but that would have worked, just like the prevent defense works, if guys do their jobs.
    Dallas, after all these years, could only hope to have opportunities like that to blow.

  39. McCarthy should have an easier time in Dallas than in Green Bay because while he was coach there, Green Bay refused to add players via free agency, and Rodgers also took a big chunk of the payroll. Not sure how much Dallas will pay Prescott, but it is unlikely that Prescott will get as much as Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers, and Dallas will sign free agents to their team.

  40. Jerry sure made Garrett look pretty week during this search process. It will be interesting to see what kind of a job he gets going forward.

  41. giantsfan82 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 7:33 am
    Dear Jerry Jones,

    Thank you for taking Jason Garrett 2.0.

    —— Giants Fans

    Your welcome… Now that your top two guys chose elsewhere. Look at what you ended up with. A guy who has never coached anything but special teams for a few years. No OC, DC or head coaching at any level and a guy who nobody else in the league even considered for an interview for any position. Good luck with that… OH and thanks for again screwing up your HC choice to go along with your screwed up GM and over rated QB.

  42. As a Packer fan who rarely missed a game, the Cowboys can have him. He was not flexible enough to change when faced with a wrinkle he hadn’t planned for, his offense was totally completely predictable, and he obviously enjoyed the money and perks of his position too much. I predict he will gain another 50-75 lbs as he becomes familiar with every good restaurant in Big D.

  43. allsyntax says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:06 am
    Disclosure – Cowboys fan here.

    My concern is that we’re potentially abandoning prodigy Kellen Moore and the #1 offense in the league for Mike McCarthy to implement the west coast offense, that was most successful almost 40 years ago. This could be a major setback, offensively.
    ==================
    Oh really? Do you really think the Cowboys can get worse offensively?

  44. This Fool is in for a world of Hurt in the house of Jones!!! Having whiffed on his first four job interviews, Mike McCarthy is now suitably beat down and desperate enough to accept a job offer from Jerry, “Megalomanic”, Jones …ensuring he will endure, for one or two years at least, the torture of a thousand weekly JJ radio show “cuts”; surprise roster changes, snap announcements, second guessing and meddling in the new coaches polices and player selections. Outright JEALOUSY if Mr. McCarthy has some success and moves into the limelight…Jones has already saddled Mike with “His” players and “His” coaches; The only coaching staff to be replaced are the ones whose contracts have ended, mostly defensive coaches — All the offensive coaches are currently under contract and going nowhere…Jones is pretty thrifty that way…Jones will pay a few skill position players big contracts and then saddle the coach with a secondary on bargain basement pay…Jones really is thrifty that way…The richest franchise in the league and a grinding, meddling, skinflint wondering why, with all this raw talent, he just can’t win…

  45. I would love the opportunity to work for Mr. Jones. It would be an incredible experience to see everything from a front row seat.

    Best of luck Coach McCarthy!

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