Mike McCarthy’s future as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach has always been a hot topic ever since Jerry Jones and the team hired him in 2020. For a franchise with high expectations year in and year out, any season short of a Super Bowl is considered a disappointment.
While the Cowboys have yet to reach the big stage under McCarthy, they have been consistent playoff contenders under his tutelage. For the third straight year, America’s Team is heading to the postseason, and they actually have a good chance to top the NFC this year if things work out in their favor.
With that being said, Jones was asked recently if McCarthy is in line for an extension amid the consistent improvement the team has made under him. McCarthy will have two years left in his contract after 2023, and so he is due for an extension talk real soon.
Jones, however, refused to answer directly if McCarthy will get his contract renewed further. But he had nothing but high praises for him, indicating that he’s happy with what the veteran tactician has done so far.
Not even the ugly 31-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 15 has affected Jones’ view of his head coach.
“Well, he’s coached three playoff teams in a row. I think he’s done an outstanding job. I think the fact that he’s your offensive coordinator as well as your head coach puts him as high or a higher stead than when he was the walk-around coach,” Jerry Jones told Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan.
“All of those things are positive. I frankly said to the staff yesterday, ‘You got us in this spot to be as disappointed as we are about the Buffalo deal and our loss there. It’s your fault because y’all have done such a great job this year getting our team to where we, our fans, everybody have the expectations that we have. … In other words, I didn’t spend my day in there looking grumpy or however you might look, even though we were all disappointed. The best part of our team this year has been the coaching staff.”
It sure sounds Mike McCarthy is getting an extension, and deservingly so. Nonetheless, anything can happen in the NFL, and perhaps the only thing that can ascertain McCarthy’s future as Dallas’ head coach is a Super Bowl win.
There’s still a lot that can happen this 2023 season, so Jones is probably just being cautious of saying anything that could be misconstrued or be the source of rumors.
Mike McCarthy’s Coaching Record with the Dallas Cowboys
There’s a case to be made why Mike McCarthy deserves a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys. So far in his three years with the team–including their 10-4 record through Week 15 this 2023 campaign–McCarthy is 40-24 in the regular season.
That’s a pretty solid record in the NFL, especially when you consider how tough it is to win games in the league. And with that, it’s definitely hard to see McCarthy getting fired.
As mentioned, though, the Cowboys are a team that always has massive expectations. While McCarthy has now led Dallas to three straight postseasons, he hasn’t actually made it past the division round.
The Cowboys have not won the Super Bowl since 1995, and as more time passes without a title to show, the pressure only gets more intense.
Perhaps what happens in the remainder of the season will dictate what the Cowboys will do with McCarthy. For now, fans can only wait and see.
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