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The Rumblings of Mike McCarthy’s Future With the Dallas Cowboys Are Starting

It’s only four games into the season, and one coach has already been fired and several others are sitting in sizzling seats. The New York Giants, New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons are 0-4 and the Texans have already fired coach Bill O’Brien. The Dallas Cowboys, however, might be the biggest disappointment at 1-3. The future of head coach Mike McCarthy, in his first season with the team, is already in some serious question.

The Cowboys off to a disappointing start

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The good news is that they are in the NFC East. The bad news is there doesn’t seem to be any sign of hope for their defense. The Dallas Cowboys are off to a 1-3 start and it’s been ugly. If not for a miraculous onside kick against the winless Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, the Cowboys would be staring at 0-4.

Putting up points hasn’t been a problem for quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. Prescott has put up huge offensive numbers and most of those numbers have come as a result of having to play from behind. In his last three games, Prescott has thrown for 450, 472, and 502 yards. Two of those three games were losses.

The Dallas defense has been brutal. In those last three games, the Cowboys have surrendered 39, 38, and 49 points. It’s only the second time in franchise history that the Cowboys gave up 38 or more points in three straight games.

Mike McCarthy was hired to get the Cowboys over the hump

In 10 seasons under former coach Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys had three seasons with 10 or more wins. They were never horrible, with only one losing season (4-12 in 2015) under Garrett. The Cowboys, however, were usually mired in mediocrity with four 8-8 seasons, including three straight.

Mike McCarthy spent 13 seasons as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He was very successful, compiling a 125-77-2 mark. McCarthy guided the team to a Super Bowl title during the 2010 season. The following year, the Packers went 15-1 during the regular season.

McCarthy struggled in his last two years with the Packers. He went 7-9 in 2017 and followed that up by going 4-7-1 in 2018 before getting fired during the season. After a year off, McCarthy was hired by the Dallas Cowboys to help get them out of mediocrity.

After four games, McCarthy’s future is already being questioned

In January, Mike McCarthy was hired to become the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He signed a five-year deal. Just four games into his five-year contract, there are questions about whether or not Jerry Jones hired the right man for the job.

ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson thinks McCarthy could be one and done. “If they go 6-10 and miss the playoffs, you might start to hear some rumblings about him being replaced and Jerry Jones swallowing the money and saying, ‘I gotta cut bait and get the right guy in charge,” Johnson said on ESPN’s weekly radio show, “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin.” “‘I can’t keep trying to find the right guy, I have to hire the right guy. I’ve got to get on my private jet and have a secret meeting at somebody’s campus or somebody’s facility and no one knows in that town what’s going on.'” 

For what it’s worth, Jones gave his support for McCarthy and said there’s still hope for the season on 105.3 FM The Fan’s Shan & RJ Show. “I noticed an undeniable resolve to correct it and make corrections in the game or in the process of getting the team ready,” Jones said. “There is no diminishing of hope… I’ve seen this team really respond to adversity.”