Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may fire head coach Mike McCarthy after all.
After his team looked bad on Super Wild Card Weekend, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could end up firing head coach Mike McCarthy after only two years on the job.
Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that “he has a lot to think about regarding the Cowboys coaches, including Mike McCarthy.” McCarthy may have won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, but that was over a decade ago. With two elite coordinators in Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn already in-house, Jones may pull the trigger and can McCarthy with the hopes of promoting one from within.
Is firing McCarthy after two years what it will take to get the Cowboys back to the Super Bowl?
Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones could potentially firing Mike McCarthy as head coach
No, firing McCarthy is not going to solve all of the Cowboys’ issues, but since the Joneses have no interest at looking in the mirror, promoting Moore or Quinn from within does make sense. Moore and Quinn are candidates for NFL head-coaching jobs this offseason, with Quinn almost certainly getting one. For Dallas to keep Quinn, the Cowboys have to make him the head coach. That is it.
This is because Quinn is still getting paid by the Atlanta Falcons. For the money to work, the Cowboys would need to play him close to eight figures as the most expensive defensive coordinator of all time, or just name him head coach. As for Moore, he is already the play-caller, so he either stays put or takes on a main job. He will not be someone else’s offensive coordinator.
Ultimately, Dallas remains in the driver’s seat of the weak NFC East. The Cowboys have the best quarterback in the division in Dak Prescott. While the Philadelphia Eagles are interesting, the Cowboys are in win-now mode in their competitive life cycle. They cannot waste anymore time. If Jones does not think McCarthy can get him a Super Bowl, then he has every right to cut bait.
If Dallas parts ways with McCarthy, he will be the ninth former head coach to be out of a job in this offseason cycle.