Cowboys set to hire McCarthy as new head coach, reports say

Mike Nolan tabbed as Defensive Coordinator

UPDATE: The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly set to hire former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as its new head coach.

McCarthy was 125-77 in a little more than 12 seasons with Green Bay. He won a Super Bowl in 2010.

He will replace Jason Garrett, who’s contract was not renewed after an 8-8 season in Dallas.

Reports also indicate that the Cowboys are moving on from defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli. Over the final three years of his six-year tenure in Dallas, Marinelli’s defenses finished in the top third of the league in total defense. Marinelli has said that he has not made a decision for the future.

Instead, NFL Media has reported that McCarthy is hiring Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan as the Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator. The two worked together previously with the San Francisco 49ers back in 2005, albeit in different roles: Nolan served as head coach and McCarthy was the team’s offensive coordinator. San Francisco finished 4-12 that season.


Jason Garrett is no longer the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones confirmed in an official statement on Sunday.

Garrett’s contract was set to expire on Jan. 14. Last February, he was not offered an extension, according to ESPN.

“We are extremely grateful to Jason Garrett for his more than 20 years of service to the Dallas Cowboys as a player, assistant coach and head coach,” Jones said. “His level of commitment, character and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career.”

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Dallas (8-8) lost control of its postseason fate with a 17-9 loss to the Eagles last week.

The 2019 season was the fourth time Dallas finished .500 under Garrett, whose career record is 87-70, including a 2-3 playoff mark. The first three 8-8 records ran consecutively in his first three full seasons from 2011-13, with the Cowboys losing the finale each time when a win would have put them in the playoffs.

Reports over the weekend indicated that the Cowboys were interviewing former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy and former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis.

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