2. Mike McCarthy – Dallas Cowboys
America’s Team dominates the media. Win or lose, there’s not a network that won’t feature the Cowboys as a talking point. Thus, Mike McCarthy is always in the spotlight. He’s a Super Bowl-winning coach who was brought in to help take Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense to the next level. Together, McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore had the Cowboys flying high with back-to-back 12-5 seasons.
Prescott has developed into a top-10 signal caller and the face of the franchise. Naturally, going 12-5 and making the playoffs isn’t enough, especially with the rise of the Philadelphia Eagles, a rival that made it to the Super Bowl with a second-year quarterback and head coach in Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni.
After another season that saw McCarthy’s Cowboys finish in the top five in offense with a 12-5 record but fail to make the NFC title game, Kellen Moore was relieved of his duty. McCarthy wasn’t happy with the pass-heavy play-calling of Kellen Moore. Instead, the former Packers head coach wanted a more grounded approach to the offense.
In year four of his run, McCarthy doesn’t have the same leeway given the lack of playoff success. McCarthy will shoulder all the success and blame for the Cowboys in 2023. We all saw the Cowboys find success with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn taking over – the pressure is on. With a guy like Quinn breathing down McCarthy’s neck, Jerry Jones could have his finger on the red button.