“Here we go again.” – Earl Simmons
Another year, another way the Dallas Cowboys have found a means of sawing off their own ankle as if being tied to a 12-5 record with potential to win the Super Bowl was the same as being chained to a bathtub with Jigsaw talking to them from the other room. An abysmal end to a once-promising season landed when they mostly laid an egg against the San Francisco 49ers on NFL Super Wild Card Weekend, losing 23-17 in a game that again proved all they had to do was be somewhat awake and they would’ve walked away with a win.
But as infuriating as it was for owner Jerry Jones and Co., they’ve opted to keep things steady atop the coaching pyramid — confirming my reporting for CBS Sports regarding Mike McCarthy returning as head coach in 2022 — settling that discussion before it grows any legs this offseason. That doesn’t mean they can sit back and simply hope for the best in Year 3 of McCarthy’s five-year deal, however, because there is much work to do and no time to waste in getting it done.
Unsure of the future of their two coordinators, Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn, another major shakeup in the coaching staff could send ripples — if not shockwaves — throughout the staff beneath McCarthy and the roster beneath them all. That leads me to the very real question of where exactly do the Cowboys go from here, as both a team and as an organization?
If they want to finally break the curse and land a sixth Lombardi trophy anytime soon, they need to listen up, because here’s the blueprint for 2022 and beyond:
End the ‘my guy’ approach
I’m not going to say McCarthy needs to be fired, because that’s both knee-jerk reaction and one that serves only to pander for clicks, so no thanks. The reality is I’ve seen enough improvement over Year 1 to warrant giving him one more chance (and only one) to avoid forcing Prescott — whom you signed to a multi-year deal — to…