Mike McCarthy has come to the Dallas Cowboys under some pretty mysterious circumstances. It’s not often a head coach with a Lombardi Trophy on his resume under goes a philosophical rebirth but that’s exactly what McCarthy did in his year-long hiatus from the league.

In his well-documented year away, McCarthy hunkered down, he collected his top aids, and he reassessed the state of the NFL. He walked away from the experience a new man. An invigorated man. A man who saw the direction the league was going and how it was getting there.

McCarthy considered things he otherwise would not have if he hadn’t had been unceremoniously dismissed as coach of the Packers. As such, he came to the Dallas Cowboys with an open mind and a new strategy previously unseen. He even did the unimaginable – he kept on offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and he not only intends to collaborate with him, but even plans to let him call games.

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