For now, it appears that Mike McCarthy will keep his job. That was made clear when Jerry Jones told reporters following the Cowboys’ 19-12 loss to the 49ers on Sunday night that he’s keeping McCarthy as his head coach.
“Jerry Jones said this loss has no impact on Mike McCarthy’s job,” Jon Machota said.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up this Tuesday, former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum gave his take on why the franchise needs to move on from him before it’s too late.
Tannenbaum believes the Cowboys team is undisciplined and careless with the football under McCarthy’s leadership.
“They do need to make a major change and it’s at the head coach position,” Tannenbaum said. “In the last two years, they have 278 penalties – most in the NFL – and 23 turnovers. That’s not on Kellen Moore, that’s on the head coach.”
Tannenbaum continued, “Bring somebody in that will have a lot more discipline.”
Dallas was scrutinized for its clock management in last season’s playoff loss to the 49ers and they were blasted yet again after a bizarre final play led to nothing. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys needed a miracle from their own 24-yard line to even have a shot at tying the score. Running back Ezekiel Elliott lined up at center with no other offensive lineman behind him.
As Elliott snapped the ball, he got ran over as Prescott threw the ball to KaVontae Turpin, who was immediately hit to end the game. That was a terrible play that had people calling for McCarthy’s job.
Mike McCarthy will get another crack at it next season, unless Jerry Jones has a change of heart this offseason.