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Mike McCarthy will be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 2022, despite Sean Payton’s availability following his resignation as Saints coach.
The controversial end to the Dallas Cowboys season put McCarthy under the microscope, and not in his favor.
McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore chose to call a quarterback run with only seconds left despite having no timeouts left in their final Wild Card round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Dak Prescott failed to nail the ball in time, leaving nothing but zeros on the clock at AT&T Stadium.
The aftermath rightly blamed McCarthy as he gets the last word in such decisions. McCarthy trusted his staff and it backfired. While some fans called for his firing, the Cowboys have held on to him, albeit with their tongues on the scales.
Now, even with a better option available in the coaching market, Dallas will not fire McCarthy.
Cowboys: Dallas sticker with Mike McCarthy
The Cowboys gave McCarthy that assurance after the playoff defeat and have not wavered, despite Payton’s availability.
For what it’s worth, Payton might not train this year anyway. The former Saints head coach claims that two teams have reached out to his representatives only to be rejected.
Now, if the Cowboys were to fight again next year, we could have a completely different conversation. But so far, it would not be a wise choice to dump McCarthy after just one year and a disappointing playoff defeat. McCarthy helped turn Dallas around, from basement dwellers in the NFC East to division champions.
The Cowboys still have a long way to go to reach their ultimate goal, but Jerry Jones is willing to give it at least one more chance with McCarthy in the lead.