Although the Cowboys have yet to take the field against the Buccaneers on Monday, there are rumors about head coach Mike McCarthy’s future if he is to leave Dallas early.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did his best on Tuesday to dismiss any of those rumors, as he was pretty adamant that McCarthy’s job wouldn’t be in jeopardy on Monday.
“No, I don’t even want to… no. That’s it,” Jones said. 103.5 Fan when asked if there was an outcome on Monday that could jeopardize his head coach’s job. “I don’t have to go into all the pros and cons, but I have a lot more to appreciate Mike McCarthy than this playoff game.”
So far, during his tenure with the Cowboys, McCarthy has compiled a 30-20 record that includes the 2021 NFC East title and secured two consecutive playoff berths for the franchise for the first time since the 2006-07 seasons. However, Dallas is 0-1 in the playoffs since McCarthy took over. Not to mention, the last Cowboys coach to pilot Dallas and repeat playoff trips was Chan Gailey in 1998-99, and Jones fired him after his second consecutive playoff run.
The Cowboys’ playoff ailments are left over from their 1990s dynastic lineups.
Dallas has not won a Super Bowl since the 1995 season and has not advanced beyond the divisional round since the same campaign.
Thus, Dallas’ postseason failures extend far beyond McCarthy’s arrival.
However, the head coaching position seems to be always warm in the Big D, and it’s unlikely that Jones’ words of encouragement six days before the Cowboys’ game will quell any of the aforementioned rumblings.
The fire as head coach has been fueled by Dallas’ fluid-prone offensive play (five in the past two games) lately, culminating in a 26-6 loss to rival Commanders in Week 18.
Always an optimist, Jones believes McCarthy and company can make the necessary changes before the Cowboys get dressed to play the Buccaneers and Tom Brady, who has never lost against Dallas.
“I have real confidence, all the confidence in the world, in Mike and our offensive line coaches and our offensive staff, our coordinator,” Jones said. “I believe in the world that we will be able to make the necessary adjustments this week.
“I see that we are playing better. We have to play better in Tampa, but I’m sure our coaches will fix it.”