Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claims Mike McCarthy’s job is safe
The Dallas Cowboys are heading into Monday’s wildcard playoff game matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with plenty of storylines around the franchise.
Much of this centers on head coach Mike McCarthy’s long-term future in Dallas despite having guided the team to back-to-back postseason trips. Team owner Jerry Jones addressed the matter again by backing McCarthy.
“No. I don’t even want to … No. That’s it,” he said via ESPN. “I don’t need to go into all the pluses or minuses. I’ve got a lot more to evaluate Mike McCarthy on than this playoff game.”
McCarthy has brought stability to Dallas that the franchise lacked under Jason Garrett’s tenure. The Cowboys have posted their first back-to-back campaigns with at least 12 wins since 1994-95.
The Cowboys are in the position to potentially make a push toward the Super Bowl, while the offense under McCarthy has produced at a high level. Dallas ranked fourth with 27.5 points per game, which the team topped more than 20 points scored all but three times and more than 30 points on five occasions.
However, McCarthy will ultimately be judged by how far the Cowboys advance in the playoffs. The organization hasn’t won a Super Bowl in nearly three decades.
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Dallas holds a stiff challenge ahead against the Buccaneers, led by star quarterback Tom Brady, who holds a 6-0 career record against them. The Cowboys will need to upend Brady on his home field, which could be a defining moment for the franchise under McCarthy.