Despite an impressive coaching pool to choose from this January, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made an unpopular decision Wednesday with head coach Mike McCarthy. According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, the Cowboys are retaining McCarthy for the 2024 season.
McCarthy will enter the season in the final year of his contract.
Cowboys’ HC Mike McCarthy is now heading into the last year of his contract, which is not unusual for this organization. Dallas allowed its former head coach Jason Garrett to coach into the last year of his deal as well. https://t.co/cvcEddEyzj
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2024
The Dallas Cowboys retain McCarthy
There was heavy speculation the Cowboys would move on from McCarthy following a stunning performance in the Wild Card game. The Cowboys looked unprepared in their lopsided loss to the youngest team in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, in Dallas on Sunday. Long story short, the Cowboys lost to the Packers because of coaching.
Jones said before the postseason, the Cowboys’ front office would see how each playoff game went before deciding on McCarthy’s job for the 2024. Evidently, the 48-32 loss in Dallas to the Packers in Jordan Love’s first playoff game was enough to keep Jones satiated from a coaching change this offseason.
Jones’ decision immediately ruffled many Cowboys fans on social media. Several high-profile coaches, including Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carrol, and Mike Vrabel, are available this winter.
The Cowboys decide not to go after Belichick
But no other coach had the fanbase’s attention this week more than former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Belichick and Jones have complemented each other in the past. The Cowboys team would be attractive to Belichick, given the talent expected on the roster next season.
Belichick, a six-time Super Bowl-winning head coach, would be one of the best bets for Jones if he wanted the Cowboys to win a Super Bowl next season. Instead, Jones is keeping McCarthy, a head coach with a long list of postseason blunders.
The embarrassment Sunday probably wasn’t even in McCarthy’s top three shameful postseason jobs.
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