5 Biggest challenges the Dallas Cowboys face in 2020

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The Dallas Cowboys have a new head coach and great class of rookies but face some challenges in 2020.

For the first time in a decade, the Dallas Cowboys will have a new coach on the sidelines in 2020. Jason Garrett, who had been with the team since 2007 when he was hired as the offensive coordinator, was let go after going 8-8 with a very talented team in 2019.

In nine and a half seasons as the head coach in Dallas, Garrett finished with a record of 85-67 but despite having Tony Romo and Dak Prescott as his quarterbacks, he was able to win just two playoff games and made only three trips to the postseason.

With Garrett out, the Cowboys will be turning to Mike McCarthy who was out of the league last year after spending the previous 13 years as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He was much more successful in the playoffs than Garrett, going 10-8 while winning a Super Bowl — which was held at AT&T Stadium.

McCarthy enters a great situation with Dallas considering they had a top-10 offense last year. They did lose some pieces but their draft was phenomenal as he will now have CeeDee Lamb at wide receiver to go along with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.

Clearly, this is going to be an offensive team but the Cowboys aren’t exactly hurting for talent on defense. DeMarcus Lawrence, Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch give them a lot of star power and that’s without considering the additions of Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

As good as that is, there will be some high expectations for McCarthy, meaning he won’t be enjoying a honeymoon phase in Big D. Instead, he will be expected to win right away. That’s a possibility for them, but in order to do so, the team needs to figure out these five challenges.

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