The Dallas Cowboys have stumbled out of the gate to begin the 2020 season. The Cowboys have performed nowhere near the lofty Super Bowl expectations that many placed on the franchise. However, Dallas may have just proved that they are out of touch for the sense of direction.
Cowboys’ porous start to the 2020 season
The Dallas Cowboys continue to tumble south as they dropped to a 2-5 record in the 2020 season after a disappointing 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team.
Since Dak Prescott’s injury, the Cowboys offense continues to struggle mightily while their defensive woes remain. Dallas registered just one scoring drive while their defense allowed 208 rushing yards in the lopsided defeat to Washington.
The Cowboys have now lost four out of their last five games, which has pushed them out of first place in the NFC East. These early-season struggles have guided the conversation over to Mike McCarthy’s long-term future with the franchise. It didn’t take long for the Cowboys to address the situation.
Stephen Jones gives Mike McCarthy strong unwavering support
The sluggish start to the 2020 season has quickly brought forth questions about Mike McCarthy’s job status.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t performed anywhere near the level hoped while the team continues to move forward into disarray from internal conflict arising. Despite all that, team vice president Stephen Jones voiced during his weekly interview with 1053 The Fan in Dallas on Monday that he believes McCarthy is the “right guy” for the job. (H/T Jori Epstein of USA TODAY Sports)
“I’m convinced we’ve got– not convinced, I *know* we’ve got the right head guy for the job. … These things just take time.”
Jones’ remarks make it quite clear that the Cowboys have no interest in moving on from McCarthy this season. It’s too early in the organization’s opinion to part ways with him only six games into the job. These comments shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given how long of a leash they gave Jason Garrett in his tenure that nearly lasted a decade.
The Cowboys have been struck hard by injuries this season, but there remain some underlying issues with their defense. Meanwhile, the coaching staff doesn’t have the full commitment from their players to establish a stable culture. Dallas has simply has no plans for any massive change any time soon.
Dallas needs significant change to finally break through
When Jerry Jones elected to hire Mike McCarthy, it came with the expectation that the franchise would compete for more than the playoffs.
Albeit, McCarthy received much criticism over the years for how stretches of his tenure with the Green Bay Packers went, but he has a proven resume. The Dallas Cowboys are a franchise commonly entangled in drama and criticism, and the hope was that their new head coach could push them past these lingering issues.
Instead, the franchise has fallen into the same pit holes that have plagued them for years. Yes, it’s hard to brush aside the significant injuries to Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins, but the Cowboys are falling into an all-too-familiar pattern.
It isn’t to say that Dallas must fire McCarthy, but rather to point out the numerous shortcomings in his decision-making. His coaching staff isn’t up to standard as the players have yet to express the respect they should normally put forth.
There is a need for change for the franchise to move, and McCarthy should be at the forefront, guiding through those necessary adjustments in Dallas.