Hard Not To Think About The Packers When Watching the McCarthy-Coached Cowboys
Football returned to its rightful spot last night with a thrilling game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game went back and forth, and Tampa came out on top with a 31-29 victory. It’s a tough loss for Dallas, but if I’m a Cowboys fan today, I’m really encouraged about Dak Prescott, the offense, and hope maybe the defense comes around as the year goes on. But one thing I did have memories about is what it is like to watch and cheer for a Mike McCarthy team. There were many things that reminded me of the old Packers’ seasons with McCarthy at the helm.
1. The reliance on passing the football – Dallas passed the ball 58 times to running the ball 11. 58! People were saying ‘Zeke isn’t good’ and all of that which I don’t believe. It’s McCarthy, man. The run schemes he implemented are not suitable for a team to be successful in this league. Maybe it will even out when the Cowboys face worse competition against the run.
2. The field goal decision-making late was tough – The decision of the game for McCarthy where I had more questions than answers was him running the ball on second down. If he doesn’t run the ball on second down there and keeps pushing, Dallas probably gets a touchdown. McCarthy settled for a field goal when in reality, he should be more aggressive and finished off Tampa Bay. He gave Tom Brady way too much time.
3. There are moments where you see a good coach – I know a lot of Packers fans don’t like McCarthy, but if you watched that game, there were moments where he looked on another level than Todd Bowles’ defense. So while we all like to shit on him, he does give you those instances where it reminds me that he’s a decent offensive coach.