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Cowboys go with McCarthy: Report

Associated Press

The Dallas Cowboys didn't take long to settle on Mike McCarthy as their coach after waiting a week to announce they were moving on from Jason Garrett.

McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl at the home of the Cowboys nine years ago as Green Bay's coach, has agreed to become the ninth coach in team history, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said Monday.

McCarthy interviewed over the weekend, before the Cowboys made the announcement Sunday that Garrett wouldn't return after 91/2 seasons.

Dallas missed the playoffs at 8-8 with high expectations for Garrett, whose contract is expiring.

Green Bay made nine trips to the postseason in his 13 years under McCarthy. The 56-year-old was out of football this season after getting fired during what ended up being a second straight losing season for the Packers in 2018.

McCarthy led the Packers to at least 10 wins in eight of his first 11 seasons, including four trips to the NFC championship game.

McCarthy also interviewed with Cleveland, Carolina and the New York Giants. He went 125-77-2 in the regular season with the Packers and 10-8 in the playoffs.

Rams, Phillips part ways

Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been fired by the Los Angeles Rams after three winning seasons.

Phillips announced Monday on Twitter that the Rams are not renewing his contract, and the team later confirmed it. The 72-year-old former head coach of a record six NFL teams says he wants to stay in coaching.

The Rams finished 9-7 this season, missing the playoffs for the first time in Phillips' three-year partnership with coach Sean McVay. Although Phillips' 3-4 defense finished near the top of the NFL in many advanced metrics, McVay decided to shake up his coaching staff.

“Coach Wade has been a veteran voice in heading our defense for the past three seasons,” McVay said. “His wealth of experience, sound advice, and helpful demeanor has been invaluable to our coaches and players, and also has set an example for me as a head coach and a leader of men.”

Browns interview Daboll

Brian Daboll, who got his first offensive coordinator position in the NFL with the Browns under Eric Mangini, interviewed Monday for Cleveland's coaching job.

The 44-year-old Daboll, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator, is the fifth candidate to meet with the Browns' search committee led by owner Jimmy Haslam.

With Daboll, the Browns went a combined 10-22 and shuffled through a long list of quarterbacks, including Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy.

Giants, Pats' assistant talk

The New York Giants have interviewed New England Patriots assistant coach Joe Judge for their vacant head coaching job.

The 38-year-old Judge has been a part of five championship teams, winning three Super Bowls with the Patriots and two college football titles with Alabama.

Judge is the fifth candidate the Giants have interviewed since firing Pat Shurmur last week. The Giants are also expected to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Baylor coach Matt Rhule this week.

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