3. Sean Payton is the same as Mike McCarthy
Let’s start — and perhaps end quickly — the argument of whether Sean Payton is the same as Mike McCarthy by asking a question: Who would you rather have as your team’s head coach?
From the sounds of things, a lot of people that were jumping into my mentions on Twitter made it sound like the Cowboys would much rather have Payton than McCarthy and that Jerry Jones should jump at that opportunity. But now the argument is that Sean Payton is no different than McCarthy?
What’s the sentiment behind this one, anyway? The sentiment is that both of these veteran coaches are “has-beens”. They won Super Bowls over a decade ago and were dragged there by star quarterbacks in the first place. As time has gone along, their effectiveness has diminished and they’ve become annual pretenders in the postseason.
Again I will ask — which of these two coaches would you rather have right now?
And I don’t mean that as a slight to Mike McCarthy, at least as little of a slight as it can possibly seem. To diminish what McCarthy has been able to do as a head coach would be foolish as well. He’s won a lot of games, and a lot of big games at that.
I guess if the worst thing this comparison means is that your team falls short in the playoffs, then I guess at least the team is making the playoffs.
For the record, I would much rather have Payton than McCarthy and I think most people would.