Mike McCarthy Has Interesting Plan for Cowboys’ Defense Going Into 2020 Season

Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) meets Dallas Cowboys new head coach Mike McCarthy after his introductory press conference in the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.(Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer)

The myriad of questions surrounding the Dallas Cowboys regime change from Jason Garrett to Mike McCarthy has now met a variety of answers, with McCarthy having nearly finalized a hand-picked coaching staff that currently includes only offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and position coach Doug Nussmeier as remaining members.

The jury was still out on if McCarthy, a talented and proven play-caller in his own right, would orchestrate plays for the Cowboys in 2020, though, but he’s opted to defer to Moore — whom he was impressed with even before he knew he’d be interviewed by Dallas this offseason. The creativity of Moore that flipped the Cowboys offense from one of the worst to first in a single season will combine with the experience of McCarthy as they tailor the playbook to a West Coast format, but without overhauling it.

Instead they’ll keep the same language quarterback Dak Prescott is familiar with, and that helped lift him to a career-best season in 2019.

With that now put to bed, what of the defense?

I projected the Cowboys would stick with their incumbent 4-3 scheme under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, but with the caveat the unit would see variations based on Nolan’s ability to coach both a 4-3 and a 3-4 on-demand.

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SOURCE: CBS Sports, Patrik Walker