Mike McCarthy recognizes the challenges of the NFL even getting to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida, next February while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. But he still has the goal he’s always has as a head coach and thinks everyone else should have, too.
He’s aiming to bring the Dallas Cowboys a Super Bowl title.
McCarthy: We’re in this to win a Super Bowl
McCarthy spoke about the goal for the season with ESPN’s Todd Archer:
“I think conversation like that frankly, respectfully, is nonsense,” McCarthy said when asked about Super Bowl-or-bust expectations. “If you're not trying to win the Super Bowl, I don't know what you're even doing in this business.
“I think that's what every team starts their offseason with. The ones that don't want to talk about it, they're probably just trying to under-promise, overachieve. But I've always been very up front about it with every team I've ever coached: We're in this to win a championship. Make no bones about it.”
The Cowboys have five Lombardi trophies in eight appearances but haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season. In the past decade they’ve only been to the playoffs three times, losing in the divisional round in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones replaced head coach Jason Garrett with McCarthy, the longtime Green Bay Packers coach, in January. McCarthy was 125-77-2 with nine playoff appearances in 13 seasons with Green Bay. They won Super Bowl XLV at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Super Bowl-worthy quarterback in Dak Prescott
McCarthy said in February he believes Dak Prescott, who is playing the season under a franchise tag, is “definitely” a quarterback that could win a championship. He said he’s been impressed with him since he saw him play in Green Bay.
The coach knows the talent it takes for a quarterback to win. He coached Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and Joe Montana in Kansas City as a Chiefs assistant.
Prescott built a turf field at his Texas home and worked with the offense during the offseason while the country was in different stages of quarantine. He’s poised to have a big year and could be in the MVP conversation.
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