ARLINGTON, Texas — Once again, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in the unenviable position of having to figure out their coaching staff. It’s a testament to just how quickly life comes at you in the NFL, seeing as it was only 48 hours ago that all involved — e.g., head coach Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn — were all viewed in high regard around the NFL after engineering a 12-5 season and division title despite the onslaught of adversity the team faced over the course of the 2021 season.
But after a fairly humiliating showing in a 23-17 loss at AT&T Stadium on NFL Super Wild Card Weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, the shine has dimmed quite a bit on at least McCarthy and Moore, while Quinn escapes most criticism by scheming a defense that was effective if not for crippling penalties.
So where does the team go from here, and particularly at head coach — once again the hot topic in Dallas?
Not long after the CBS Sports report on Monday morning stating the expectation was that McCarthy would return for another season, team exec Stephen Jones confirmed there will be no change at head coach. When asked if he and the organization were confident McCarthy would be present for the third year of his five-year contract, Jones was unequivocal in his reply.
“Absolutely,” he said to 105.3FM the Fan on Monday morning. “Very confident.”
Ahead of the contest on Sunday, sources told CBS Sports there were zero plans by the Cowboys to move on from McCarthy as head coach, even if they were eliminated in the first round. The premise here being McCarthy turned the team around in 2021 to clinch a playoff berth, and owner Jerry Jones viewing the 2020 season as an aberration fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott, granting McCarthy a mulligan because of it.
Following Sunday’s game, the…