Mike McCarthy will coach the Cowboys in 2022, but he will be doing so with a looming cloud over his head that his replacement could soon come.
Sean Payton will loom as a viable candidate to take his job in 2023.
It’s such an open secret that NFL Honors host Keegan-Michael Key joked about it during Thursday’s ceremony, saying that, “Sean will now return to his true passion: finding a way to take Mike McCarthy’s job.”
Speaking to Rich Eisen Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys head coach was asked about the situation.
“I think clearly, when you look at those type of comments, I think you have to understand the platform … I have an excellent relationship with Jerry Jones. We talk on a regular basis about anything and everything: big picture, tight focus on what we’re doing … program wise and … development of our players.”
“The gist of the conversation was that you and I are in this back to back,” McCarthy explained.
Mike McCarthy helped lead the Cowboys to a 12-5 record, good for first in the NFC East, but a home game against the San Francisco 49ers was not enough for them to get a single win in the postseason.
McCarthy has an 18-15 regular-season record in two seasons with the Cowboys.
During his 14 seasons as a head coach in the NFL, McCarthy has an overall regular season record of 131–87–2.