The Dallas Cowboys are one-and-done in the NFL Playoffs once again. Despite hosting the San Francisco 49ers, Mike McCarthy’s team is out of the playoff picture following a bizarre ending at AT&T Stadium. Excuses aside, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys waited too long to get into any rhythm and it ended up costing them in a massive way.
After the game, owner Jerry Jones was not happy with the performance, and his comments could signal the end of the road for McCarthy as the Cowboys head coach.
Jerry Jones was not happy with the Cowboys performance against the 49ers
The frustration from Jones is valid. After a dominant start to the season, the Cowboys offense struggled before finally piecing itself back together in December.
After a five-touchdown performance from Prescott in Week 18, it looked like the offense was clicking at the perfect time. However, the 49ers were too much for Dallas to deal with.
The defense had no answer for Deebo Samuel or Elijah Mitchell, and the offense was shut out in two of the four quarters.
It wasn’t pretty, and Jones can’t remember ever being this disappointed after a loss.
What makes it worse is the Cowboys lost this one at home, at Jerry’s World, and will be kicking themselves all offseason long thinking what could have been.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy might be in danger of losing his job after this game
When the Cowboys hired McCarthy as the new head coach back at the beginning of 2020, it was due to his playoff experience.
But he isn’t getting the job done, and the loss to the 49ers could be the final straw for Jones to make yet another coaching move in Dallas.
After the game, he denied mentioning McCarthy’s job, but his frustration speaks for itself.
It has to be floating around Jones’ brain, right?
The performance from Dallas was ugly, sloppy, and discouraging for everybody involved. The penalties were uncharacteristic and tied a franchise playoff record.
It just keeps going, and McCarthy might not coach another game for Dallas.
Jerry Jones should move on from Mike McCarthy and try again
Wow. Just wow.
What else can you say? The Cowboys went from Super Bowl favorites to an afterthought to hosting a playoff game all in the same season.
Yet, the 49ers came and punched them in the mouth in their stadium to send them home early once again. In the process, the Cowboys set an unfortunate NFL record.
That is bad, and that stat alone shows that Jones needs to fire McCarthy and try again with another coach.
Sure, two seasons isn’t a long time, but the leash in the NFL keeps getting shorter and shorter — especially for franchises such as the Cowboys, who are accustomed to winning.
Furthermore, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that Jones might be interested in moving on from McCarthy and naming Kellen Moore as the new head coach. After all, Moore’s name has floated around in the coaching carousel, and he has been granted a few interviews.
Moore has flourished as offensive coordinator in Dallas and might be a nice change of pace, although the offense didn’t fare too well against the 49ers on Sunday.
Nonetheless, if Jones wants to move on from McCarthy, he needs to do so before it is too late and before they waste another year with this loaded roster.
Brian Flores is available, Doug Pederson is another name that might be worth a shot, and who knows, maybe Moore is what Dallas needs to get back on track.
Another disappointing ending for the Cowboys, and this might be the straw that broke the camel’s back for McCarthy’s brief run as head coach.