Head coach Mike McCarthy successfully guided the Dallas Cowboys to the postseason in his second season in charge at the AT&T Stadium, but it appears that may not prevent him from losing his position if speculation that is rife in the media is to be believed.
The Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season with an impressive 12-5 record, their best since 2016, but ran out narrow losers against the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the wildcard playoffs.
By all accounts owner, Jerry Jones is now considering biting the bullet and axing McCarthy, which would be a fairly severe reaction. At the beginning of the season, the Dallas Cowboys’ odds to make it to the postseason wouldn’t have been all that favorable, and you could argue that the coach has elevated things in the Cowboys camp.
McCarthy led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl triumph in 2010 before he was pushed out in 2018, a decision that hasn’t exactly worked in their favor since.
The 58-year-old commented on his future following the loss to the 49ers, discussing his meeting with Jones;
“We had very positive conversations and, just, the focus is on the evaluation process,”
“I think for people in this profession, it’s accepted,” he said. “It’s part of the job. I get that. I understand why you’re asking the question. It’s part of the job. You have a job to do, and I have a job to do here today in answering your questions appropriately and respectfully. But, yeah, I don’t put a lot into it because I know personally what I put into this.” McCarthy added.
“I understand what goes on here every day. I know how to win. I know how to win in this league. I know how to win playoff games. I know how to win a championship. So I have great confidence in that. What we’ve built here in two seasons, I feel very good about, and I think with that you just stay true to that. The hard part is the personal. We all have kids, so that’s the part that I don’t like. I would hope people are respectful to that.”
Clearly, the bar at the Dallas Cowboys is high, but their reputation isn’t necessarily backed up by their recent record, and one wonders just what they would have expected McCarthy to have achieved after two seasons in the role.
We are talking about a team that hasn’t taken part in a Super Bowl since 1995, and in the 24 seasons since then, they’ve completed the regular season with non-winning records on 13 occasions, and you could argue McCarthy has done pretty much as Jason Garrett managed in nine seasons in sole charge.
McCarthy has some security in the fact that he has three years to run on his five-year deal and has made it clear that there will be big changes in his team before the 2022 season and could also mix things up among his coaching staff.
Perhaps these changes will help to allay talk of his future, and it’s worth noting that 21 of his playing roster are set to become unrestricted free agents, which presents challenges and opportunities for Mike McCarthy before next season.
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