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Mike McCarthy to be Cowboys' next head coach

Update:Jay Glazer reports the Cowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports McCarthy confirmed to him he will be the next head coach in Dallas.

McCarthy, 56, spent 2006-18 as the Green Bay Packers' head coach, going 125-77-2 with nine playoff appearances, including eight straight from 2009-16. He led the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV championship, a game McCarthy's team won, coincidentally, at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium.

He has spent the 2019 season preparing for an eventual return to the NFL, and it appears that comeback is about to be on.

The Dallas Cowboys job is officially open, and the search to find Jason Garrett's replacement is underway. In fact, the search began over the weekend before Garrett was formally let go on Sunday night.

That's emblematic of how the Cowboys run searches. The last open search in Dallas came in 2007, when Jerry Jones hired Garrett as his offensive coordinator before hiring then-San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as his head coach.

Speculation has abounded as to who the next Cowboys' coach will be, with plenty wondering if Jerry would return to the college ranks in an attempt to recreate the magic of the Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer years. Lincoln Riley, Matt Rhule, Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen have all been linked to the job.

However, a report Monday morning from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter says the Jones family is focused exclusively on established coaches with proven track records of success at the NFL level.

That tracks with this weekend's reports that former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis have sat for interviews. ESPN also reported that Stephen Jones has spoken with former Titans and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, though no formal interview was scheduled.

There are a couple of active NFL head coaches that also fit that mold. Saints head coach Sean Payton served as the Cowboys' assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach during the Bill Parcells years and has maintained a cat-and-mouse relationship with Jerry Jones through the years. Payton worked in Dallas simultaneously with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, whose job security has been in question in recent weeks, though his win over Payton's Saints on Sunday likely ends that speculation.

Michael Lombardi also tweeted this on Monday morning:

The Jones family kept the NFL on edge throughout the last week by holding on to Garrett, but it's clear they spent that time plotting the organization's next move.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.