Is this season’s coach of the year leading a Philadelphia Eagles rival?
As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, do you ever wonder what would have happened had Michael Vick not thrown that interception to Tramon Williams in that Wild Card Game? You know the one. Philly was the NFC East Champion and hosting a game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Green Bay Packers were the wild card team that beat Philly and went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45. That game.
What if Vick hadn’t have thrown that pick? What might have happened? Well, almost ten years later, there’s not much that we’ll gain from speculation, but from time to time, those types of thoughts are bound to cross the minds of any Eagles fan. Here’s something else that comes from an overactive thought process.
Who knew, at the time, that Eagles fans were looking at the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys? Keep in mind it was January 9th of 2011, and Dallas had just removed the word of “interim” from Jason Garrett’s title to make him the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s funny how things work out. Almost one full decade has passed, and Mike Mccarthy is indeed the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Not only that, one of the NFL’s most trusted voices, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breerm just placed him at the top of their most recent power ranking of potential head coach of the year candidates in a recent story he released for SI’s MMQB.
Here’s some of what Breer had to say.
"This is a super-tricky list to come up with because so much of it is based on narratives and perception. It’s not really about who’s the best coach, but who’s got the best story to tell. Case-in-point: Sean Payton and John Harbaugh are at +2200, mostly because they’d have to go 16-0, or close to it, to win the award. So give me McCarthy, a really good coach, who’s got a good veteran staff, and a talented roster that’s very capable of getting to the 12 wins or so it’d take for him to walk away with the hardware."
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, this shouldn’t surprise you.
You’re not surprised by this, are you? You shouldn’t be. This is just a part of the deal if you watch professional football. The Cowboys are always overhyped. Their players receive the attention that they wouldn’t get if they played for franchises. We’re always treated to news about that Dallas quarterback, or that Dallas wide receiver, or that Dallas running back.
It doesn’t help that they have a diva owner who can’t pry himself from in front of any camera that he can find. It’s amazing that Jerry Jones doesn’t have an Instagram account.
Put Dak Prescott on any other roster, and he becomes Jacoby Brissett or Teddy Bridgewater. Oh, you disagree? You must be a Cowboys fan. If so (and even if you aren’t), ask yourself another question. Name any other team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl in 25 years that gets that type of burn.
Name another team that always underachieves that gets that vote of confidence. 2020 is upon us, and you can expect more of the same in the coming season. By September, we’ll all be overrun with theories on why Dallas is inches away from a Super Bowl appearance.
By the time we get to January, they’ll be one and done in the playoffs. That’s if they even make it to the playoffs. Then, the process repeats itself as we listen to stories about why the Cowboys will win it all next season. Does that sound about right?