Mike McCarthy said this week that he has no interest in participating in the "drama" as he prepares to host the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.
The last two times Green Bay met Dallas in the playoffs, McCarthy was on the other sideline, leading the Packers to famous victories over the Cowboys. Now, he intends to flip the script.
McCarthy won a Super Bowl in Green Bay and has a street named after him near Lambeau Field. While the history between McCarthy and the Packers is impossible to ignore, it's understandable why he wants to avoid getting caught up in the storyline.
This Packers team is completely different from the one he left in 2018. Aaron Rodgers is gone, as is almost all of that roster. Only Aaron Jones, Jaire Alexander, David Bakhtiari, and Kenny Clark remain in Green Bay. Bakhtiari won't be playing on Sunday.
McCarthy's talented defense will need an answer for the red-hot Packers offense led by Jordan Love.
Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is impressed by Jordan Love
Love will lead the Packers' offense into AT&T Stadium. McCarthy had nothing but praise for the first-year starting quarterback.
"I'm impressed with Jordan. I think he's made a lot of off-tempo plays, extended plays. His ability to hang on the back foot. Their downfield passing game has caught our attention, and he's a huge part of that," said McCarthy. "I think he's doing a hell of a job."
Love is second in the NFL for touchdown passes behind only the Cowboys' Dak Prescott.
Love had the benefit of developing for three years behind Rodgers. McCarthy was the head coach during the transition from Brett Favre to Rodgers. In the same way Rodgers learned a lot from Favre, it's clear that Love has done the same.
"Oh yeah, no doubt. There's definitely carryover there. And that's a huge benefit. This is the third time it's happened up there, so yeah, definitely," McCarthy said.
Love and Prescott combined for 68 touchdown passes and only 20 interceptions in the regular season. It should make for a fascinating battle.
Packers-Cowboys playoff games are rarely boring. McCarthy understands that better than anyone. Expect plenty of drama when these old rivals meet again in the NFC Wild Card Round.