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There is a reason Mike Nolan lost his job.
There are a lot of people who were disappointed with the first year of Mike McCarthy at the helm of the Dallas Cowboys. With a 6-10 record, disappointment is certainly fair. It isn’t difficult to come up with excuses, for lack of a better word, for McCarthy’s first season. Losing your starting tackles, and then other members of the offensive line after that, is going to have a negative impact on the offense. Getting less than five full games out of your starting quarterback is going to make matters difficult as well.
While all of that was happening, the Cowboys were a disaster on the defensive side of the ball. They stabilized a little bit at season’s end (much of this was due to finally running into sub-par opponents) which was cause for the lowest level of optimism possible, but changes were nevertheless still needed.
Football Outsiders voted Mike Nolan as the worst assistant coach in the NFL last season