Mike McCarthy is ‘sick’ – and what this reveals about the Dallas Cowboys coach
FRISCO – One of the most important things to know about Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy – and in many ways we’re still getting to know the sophomore boss – is his policy of saying things in public negative on its players.
He just won’t – which makes his remarks following Saturday’s 20-14 preseason loss to Houston at AT&T Stadium all the more notable.
“I’m sick of turnovers,” McCarthy said. “You can’t win that way. You have to take care of the damn football.”
In our media “Fireside Chat” at The Star with McCarthy a few days ago, I asked McCarthy about “the image” and “perception being reality” and if he feels the need to “play” , whether it’s in front of his team or in front of the cameras.
He noted that as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2006 to 2018, his personal style was borrowed from his father, the Pittsburgh cop and bar owner. It meant making fun of the idea that “perception is reality”.
After a year of “in between jobs”, some admitted regretting not finding out the truth earlier in Green Bay, and now in charge of the top Cowboys?
He doesn’t laugh anymore.
“Naw,” he joked, “I’m a dazzling son of a bitch now in these press conferences.”
he is more conscious today, especially in his current position. McCarthy said he used to emulate his father, believing that if he worked hard and got it right, everything else would take care of himself. But he now doesn’t think that’s realistic as an NFL head coach, even admitting that things likely would have turned out differently in Green Bay had he paid more attention to perception. McCarthy added that he was trying to be more open with reporters, joking, “I’m a dazzling son of a bitch now in these press conferences.”
But Saturday night? It was an angry sob.
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Garrett Gilbert is supposed to be the No.2 QB here behind Dak Prescott. but on the opening disc he fumbled while being sacked. Then came number 3 QB Cooper Rush, who played well enough (10 of 12 assists for two touchdowns) to close the gap between the two.
And then, throughout the second half, came Ben DiNucci, who played so badly that he widened the gap between him and a place in the training squad. McCarthy’s favorite project DiNucci threw three interceptions.
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No, McCarthy didn’t tear up fellow Pittsburgher DiNucci in the post-game. He didn’t tear anyone apart. But he’s got a little closer to being more upfront with the audience about what’s going on, an honesty that can help him in terms of the “perception” that is important when trying to navigate “the team.” American “towards a Super Bowl.
“But I am still who I am,” McCarthy said during that fireside chat. “Jerry (Jones) didn’t hire me to come here to increase the marketing of his football team. I would probably dress better. I would choose my verbs better. And I am capable, just to let you know. But yes, I am more aware of it. Ultimately, it’s about winning. And I know how to win. I trust that. ”
And “how to win”… doesn’t include spitting up four turnovers. It deserves a bad word from McCarthy. It deserves one or two salty verbs. And that’s enough to make the Cowboys head coach “sick”.