Following the Dallas Cowboys‘ embarrassing home playoff loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, many wondered if owner Jerry Jones would be exploring serious change. Jones has long been an extremely involved owner when it comes to the operation of his football team, and he was undoubtedly upset after the Wild Card Round exit.
Head coach Mike McCarthy has only been in Dallas for two seasons. However, how the Cowboys lost the 49ers game (poor clock management) put his job status in serious jeopardy.
It was an embarrassing way to lose a football game, and Jerry Jones certainly doesn’t like being embarrassed.
Rumors popped up about Jerry Jones making a coaching change
Once the final whistle sounded in Dallas, attention immediately shifted toward Jones and how he would react to the loss. The Cowboys had put together a talented roster that won 12 games in the regular season. They were supposed to be good enough to make a deep run in the playoffs.
With that in mind, rumors stated Jones could be considered a head coaching change. Not only did McCarthy disappoint when the lights shined brightest, but there were also numerous realistic replacements available to be hired.
Current coordinators Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn were both viewed as serious head-coaching candidates this offseason. Jones easily could’ve justified axing McCarthy and elevating one of them.
The surprising departure of Sean Peyton in New Orleans was even more significant. That’s a big-ticket candidate that most teams would fire their own respective head coach for.
Jerry Jones claims Mike McCarthy’s job was never in jeopardy
Despite all the rumors saying a McCarthy firing was possible, Jones recently revealed it was never something he seriously considered.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he was never considering firing head coach Mike McCarthy, and that his major focus since the Cowboys’ playoff loss has been keeping defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk
Speaking in greater detail with Dallas Morning News, Jones claimed his biggest offseason goal was to keep his trio of head coach (McCarthy), offensive coordinator (Moore), and defensive coordinator (Dan Quinn) intact. There’s still a chance Moore takes a head coaching job elsewhere. However, Quinn recently re-signed with Dallas for another several seasons.
“My goal was to keep the continuity of this group together. We met many times face to face with Dan, myself and Mike, to coordinate and talk to him,” Jones said. “We were very much in a competitive environment because we felt Dan did have the opportunity to be a head coach.”
The Cowboys can’t justify another embarrassing playoff exit
Jones publicly going to bat for his coaches and coordinators is wholesome. However, the Cowboys can’t justify keeping this group together if they experience another early playoff exit next season.
If the Cowboys can’t crack the NFC Championship Game (at least) next year, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where McCarthy isn’t sent packing.
He’s coaching with his back up against the wall after that ugly 49ers loss.