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Would loss to Bucs cost Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy his job? Jerry Jones needs just one word to answer

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Jerry Jones wants you to know he believes in Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.

The team owner and general manager not only want you to know that he believes in them.

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Jones wants you to know he’s confident they’re the right group for the postseason travel that Dallas has in store.

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“Real confidence,” Jones said Tuesday morning during an interview with the team’s flagship radio station 105.3 The Fan.

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Jones boasts “a lot of confidence,” “total confidence,” and “all the confidence in the world” that the Cowboys’ coaches will boost their talent on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



cowboys hired McCarthy in January 2020 to replace Jason Garrett, who had occupied the lead role for ten years. Garrett was successful in the NFC East and led the Cowboys to the playoffs three times. But all too often his teams have been textbook averages, including four different 8-8 seasons.

The octogenarian Jones ran out of patience. He was looking for a coach with postseason influence. Enters McCarthy, who has played nine postseason games in 13 years, leading the Green Bay Packers, including a Super Bowl title at Jones’ own AT&T Stadium.

The last time the Cowboys competed in a conference championship and Super Bowl was after the 1995 season.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vehemently denied that Monday's loss to the Bucs could cost head coach Mike McCarthy his job.  (Kevin Jayraj, USA TODAY Sports)
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vehemently denied that Monday’s loss to the Bucs could cost head coach Mike McCarthy his job. (Kevin Jayraj, USA TODAY Sports)

McCarthy’s first season with the Cowboys was marred by injuries, and his second by a 12-5 record. The Cowboys won the NFC East and hosted the San Francisco 49ers in a wildcard round. The 49ers exposed Dallas’s shortcomings in a 23–17 upset, the loss made worse by a botched snap late in the game.

Jones was furious.

Now he gets McCarthy’s chance to redeem him.

The Cowboys won 12 games again, but the Philadelphia Eagles’ dominant year leaves Dallas as the top team in the NFC. They travel to Tampa to visit under .500, but the NFC Champions South Buccaneers, Cowboys are favorites on the road with 2.5 points. on BetMGM.

So won’t another post-season crash put McCarthy’s safety at risk?

“No,” Jones exclaimed, raising his voice when asked Tuesday morning. “I don’t even want to, no. That’s all.

“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.”

Jones’ tone changed Sunday after the Cowboys’ 26-6 loss to the Washington Commanders, which the team’s owner called “the most thorough ass kicking” he’s ever seen. Dallas is looking to use this setback and last year’s loss to the 49ers as motivation to beat Tampa.

“I believe in the world that we can make the necessary adjustments,” Jones said. “I can’t tell you how confident I am in Mike and our coaching staff that they are at the top of what we have with this team right now. They have all the nuances. could show Sunday. They have everything in their hands and understanding.

“We have a great chance to go down there and succeed.”

Follow Jori Epstein of Sportzshala Sports on Twitter. @JoriEpstein


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