Jerry Jones: Losing in the wild-card round won’t impact Mike McCarthy’s job status

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There’s a school of thought that if the Cowboys follow another solid regular season with another one-and-done playoff run, owner/G.M. Jerry Jones may run coach Mike McCarthy out the door.

Appearing on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones shot down the notion that McCarthy’s job could hinge on winning in Tampa on Monday night.

No. I don’t even want to . . . No,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “That’s it. 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.”

Right, but last year’s playoff run ended due to a specific failure of McCarthy to pay full attention to detail. He deployed a quarterback draw that hadn’t been practiced to account for the reality that the umpire can’t teleport through the quarterback and the center to touch the ball before it can be snapped and spiked.

If this year’s wild-card game ends with a similar failure of planning, preparation, and execution that points directly to a failure of coaching, could that make a difference for Jones? At a time when Sean Payton is clearly in play?

Apparently not. Apparently, McCarthy will be back, no matter what.

But here’s the thing about Jerry Jones. He absolutely, unconditionally, and unequivocally supports his coach until the moment he no longer does. Jones wouldn’t even hint at the possibility of moving on from McCarthy until the moment he moves on from McCarthy.

That’s not to say Jones isn’t telling the truth. He genuinely believes, for now, that he’s sticking with McCarthy, no matter what. Come Tuesday morning, Jones could feel differently — depending on how Monday night goes.

81 responses to “Jerry Jones: Losing in the wild-card round won’t impact Mike McCarthy’s job status

  1. You have to give the vote of confidence in public but in reality getting embarrassed by Washington and losing wild card to end the season he will be rightfully fired.

  2. I hope he keeps him forever, as an Eagles fan. I also think JJ is so desperate to win another Super Bowl and feels his time is running out so I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he went all-in on Payton.

  3. I read Jerry’s comment as he has made up his mind already, probably to fire him and go after Sean Payton

  4. It’s going to be interesting. Tampa is simply not very good and on paper Dallas should roll but after that debacle against Washington, who knows. If their offense looks like they did against Washington Brady and Company will do enough to win.

  5. Presented with new information, I reserve the right to change my mind. There’s a lot people that need to embrace this concept.

  6. He knows he’s not getting Sean Payton and it might be time to acknowledge that while McCarthy sometimes seems like a punchline, he’s actually a pretty good coach.

  7. I can read his quote to say he evaluates him after every season and simply losing the first round game isn’t a deal breaker. Neither should actually defeating a team with a losing record be enough to secure another season (you should win the game).

  8. Could it be that he has already made up his mind to move on and win or lose he was going to fire him? He only said that the lose would not change his mind.

  9. Maybe he would get something out of McCarthy, because they looked very under-coached with total lack of being prepared to play a game last week, if he said if he doesn’t win for sure he will be canned, in fact don’t bother to go to the locker room and he will need to find his own way home after the game…maybe that will light a fire.

  10. The key phrase and/or words from JJ is he “has a lot more to evaluate Mike on” than a loss in the wildcard game. If the cowboys lose, it will be too tempting for JJ to not make a change.

  11. With past consideration of the subject obvious, let me translate…
    Win, or get fired immediately..

  12. When did Payton become this must have coach? McCarthy has had a nice career as well. Not sure SP is some great improvement in Dallas. Houston on the other hand could use him.

  13. y’all clearly dont speak Jerry Jones or understand him at all.. Ive been watching this man talk about this football team and all its coaches over the last 20 plus seasons and he very much knows what he is going to do with whatever situation comes forward..

  14. In other words not giving picks and control to Sean.

    Figured this dude is a monster that has kept his team irrelevant so he could be.

  15. Yeah….sure it won’t! Sounds like Jerrah’s still hitting the cough syrup after McCarthy coached such a stellar week 18 game!

  16. More critical are the coordinators. They desperately need to keep Dan Quinn on this coaching staff, & they desperately need to shoot Kellen Moore into the sun. Moore objectively calls one of if not the most vanilla scheme in the NFL & it gets tiresome to watch the defensive secondary running our offensive routes all the way down the field & catching the ball as if they knew the play all along. Dak needs to get better & he was a whole lot better before they installed a guy with no resume as his QB coach & then coordinator.

  17. Don’t get the Sean Payton love. Had one of the all time great QB’s for more than a decade and only made it to 1 Super Bowl. He’s done a great job of promoting himself.

  18. mogogo1 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 10:59 am
    It’s going to be interesting. Tampa is simply not very good and on paper Dallas should roll but after that debacle against Washington, who knows. If their offense looks like they did against Washington Brady and Company will do enough to win.
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    The same Bucs who are not very good on paper were still able to beat the Cowboys game 1 to open the regular season. The Commanders are not very good on paper and we’re to beat the Cowboys game 17 to close the season.

  19. Those sying that Jones will go after Payton are wrong. Payton can talk to teams, officially, next week. Unless Jones fires McCarthy within the next week, Payton may be gone.

  20. No, he’s not saying McCarthy is gone already. He’s just letting everyone know it’s Jerry’s world and Jerruh decides what happens in Jerry’s World. McCarthy just breathed a sigh of relief after waking up from his afternoon nap. He can flop per usual and probably still have his job.

  21. Do you really expect him to say anything other than that? “Oh if he loses, he is gone.” No one would say that.

  22. Jerry needs a coach who won’t push back. That’s why kept Garrett far longer than he should have and why he will do the same with McCarthy.

  23. Jerry doesn’t fire coaches. Mike McCarthy will be there as long as Prescott. Also, Kellen Moore is their next coach.

  24. slimglynn says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:04 am
    Looking forward to next week when the Cowboys go up and beat Philthy in Philthy.
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    They’d have to make it out of the first round. Inconceivable!!!!

  25. TheTruth says:
    The same Bucs who are not very good on paper were still able to beat the Cowboys game 1 to open the regular season.
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    Like much of America, I will be amused when Dallas loses, no doubt in part due to its own blundering.
    That said, we live in an age of fewer mandatory offseason workouts, reduced hitting and fewer padded practices during training camp, and most notably a large percentage of starters don’t take more than a handful if any snaps in preseason games.
    It’s pure foolishness to suggest that any result from Week 1 is an accurate or encompassing indicator of how good or bad ANY team is or will be, or especially whether one will be noticeably better than the other come January. It was nothing more than a preseason game that counted in the standings.
    A more accurate comparison would be the overall body of work. In this case, both teams played in the same conference, yet Tampa Bay stumbled to a losing record and won four fewer games than Dallas despite playing in a much weaker division.
    I still think the Bucs will win, but only because I trust Tom Brady a whole lot more than I trust Dak Prescott.

  26. Sean Payton to Dallas?? LOL! Everyone knows JJ is the head coach and he only hires “yes men.” Payton is not a yes man.

  27. slimglynn says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:04 am

    Looking forward to next week when the Cowboys go up and beat Philthy in Philthy.
    ……. We’ll see what Brady has to say about that .

  28. Jerry Jones is a HOF owner. He’s already won three Super Bowls, and he was able to accomplish that with two different coaches. Jerry has much more football knowledge than most owners throughout history. Jerry was the captain of his National Championship Arkansas Razorbacks team back in the day. So, he understands the game better than most. The NFL is a player’s league. Not a coaching league. Particularly the QB position. Troy Aikman is one of the most underrated players in NFL history. Jerry isn’t like most owners who hire and fire coaches. Neither do the Steelers. You hire good coaches and stick with them. The Cowboys are having a really good season. As we’ve seen with so many coaches, the most recent would be Bill Belichick, you’re only as good as your players. Mike McCarthy doesn’t have final say over the entire roster, but I’m sure he has input. They’ve done very well. If anything, McCarthy deserves a raise.

  29. NinersFan1973 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:00 am
    He knows he’s not getting Sean Payton and it might be time to acknowledge that while McCarthy sometimes seems like a punchline, he’s actually a pretty good coach.
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    He isn’t that good. Last few years in GB, he was lazy and game had passed him by. He’s terrible in situational football

  30. My question is would the Dallas Cowboys be a Super Bowl winning team with a different coach? If Payton was there I think their in game decisions may be better, but they still wouldn’t be the NFC Super Bowl favorite. Payton needed Brees to become a top contender on an annual basis and still only won a single Super Bowl. To consistently win the division and compete for a Super Bowl a team needs a top 5 QB. Dak is not it. He’s proven to be a good NFL QB. The kind that has a long career and never wins. Romo was the same. If the defense plays lights out maybe Dak makes a run, but I doubt it.

    The Cowboys need a top 5 QB before they will get back to the mountain top. Otherwise they will have a team good enough to compete once or twice every 10 years and it will be from the Wild Card.

    Teams that win multiple Super Bowls are the favorite or close to it every year.

  31. joefootball says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:52 am
    Don’t get the Sean Payton love. Had one of the all time great QB’s for more than a decade and only made it to 1 Super Bowl. He’s done a great job of promoting himself.

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    Well…aside from the fact that Payton moved to a city that had its infrastructure gutted six months before from the greatest natural disaster in the 2nd half of the 20th century (over 1,000 dead), to take over a franchise that had won ONE playoff game in its 39-year history, and gambled on a quarterback who literally could not throw the ball 10 yards who no one else wanted, and gutted and rebuilt a franchise to go from 3-13 to the NFC Championship game in his first year, then went on to win seven division titles and a Super Bowl, had a winning record in playoff games, and had the same winning percentage over 15 years (62 percent) in games started by someone OTHER than said franchise QB as he did with that QB, and made the Saints into one of the teams that no one wanted to play, then as his mentor Bill Parcells said, ‘you are what your record says you are”.

    I don’t know what JJ will do, but he could do a lot worse than Sean Payton….

  32. Oh baby….death, taxes and Jerry face in January. Can’t wait. Brady’s gonna shred them.

  33. charliecharger says:
    January 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm
    Jerry Jones is a HOF owner. He’s already won three Super Bowls, and he was able to accomplish that with two different coaches. Jerry has much more football knowledge than most owners throughout history. Jerry was the captain of his National Championship Arkansas Razorbacks team back in the day. So, he understands the game better than most. The NFL is a player’s league. Not a coaching league. Particularly the QB position. Troy Aikman is one of the most underrated players in NFL history. Jerry isn’t like most owners who hire and fire coaches. Neither do the Steelers. You hire good coaches and stick with them. The Cowboys are having a really good season. As we’ve seen with so many coaches, the most recent would be Bill Belichick, you’re only as good as your players. Mike McCarthy doesn’t have final say over the entire roster, but I’m sure he has input. They’ve done very well. If anything, McCarthy deserves a raise.
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    While I joked about them losing 38-3, I agree with this. MM has done a great job with the players he has. He isn’t the QB, so Dak’s struggles don’t fall on his shoulders. He isn’t a CB, so he can’t fill in now that two starters at corner are lost for the season. He may need to find a new OC in the offseason based on Moore’s inability to adjust when things are going downhill. But Dallas was 5-1 vs. teams with a winning record, best in the league I believe (or it was). And they went 4-1 with a bus driver backup, including early wins against both of last year’s Super Bowl teams. So this idea has merit.

  34. charliecharger says:
    January 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm
    Jerry Jones is a HOF owner. He’s already won three Super Bowls, and he was able to accomplish that with two different coaches. Jerry has much more football knowledge than most owners throughout history. Jerry was the captain of his National Championship Arkansas Razorbacks team back in the day. So, he understands the game better than most. The NFL is a player’s league. Not a coaching league. Particularly the QB position. Troy Aikman is one of the most underrated players in NFL history. Jerry isn’t like most owners who hire and fire coaches. Neither do the Steelers. You hire good coaches and stick with them. The Cowboys are having a really good season. As we’ve seen with so many coaches, the most recent would be Bill Belichick, you’re only as good as your players. Mike McCarthy doesn’t have final say over the entire roster, but I’m sure he has input. They’ve done very well. If anything, McCarthy deserves a raise.
    ———-
    Agreed with some points but disagreed with two:
    Jones did not win Super Bowl with two coaches – he won with one. It’s plain as day that the Super Bowl victory in 1996 was with Jimmys team. Switzer was the bus driver.

    McCarthy does not deserve any kind of raise. He failed to get his team ready for a game that could have mattered and also serves as a tune up for playoffs. That’s not a winner coach.

  35. People love to troll McCarthy. Why?
    ==========

    He owes me debts that can never be repaid.

    – Packers fan

  36. tejastim says:
    January 10, 2023 at 10:54 am
    I hope he keeps him forever, as an Eagles fan. I also think JJ is so desperate to win another Super Bowl and feels his time is running out so I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he went all-in on Payton.

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    McCarthy is 3-1 against the Eagles in the last 2 seasons. He only lost because he didn’t have his starting quarterback, but ok 🙂

  37. It’s not the head coach, it’s the culture in Dallas. They have a country club atmosphere and a sense of entitlement. Their players aren’t hungry.

  38. He didn’t say he’s keeping McCarthy. He said he had more than one wildcard game to make an evaluation. Seems likely he means that McCarthy is gone whether they lose this week or not.

  39. Oh come ON. If he says “I have complete confidence,” that means “Sean’s staying in my guest house ’til his mansion is finished.”

  40. It’s a coaching league bro! We’ve had the same players for 5 years. the first 4 were with Ben McAdoo, Pat Shumur and Joe Judge. We won like 6 games. Fast forward to this year and Daboll has us in the playoffs and a team on the rise. Trust this Giants’ fan….coaching is most of it.

  41. It should affect Dak’s job status more than McCarthy’s. After watching a lot of film breakdown, I’m off the Dak bandwagon. Some plays he’s scared to pull the trigger. Other plays he pulls it when he shouldn’t. He misreads the D way too often. He loses confidence and wilts after throwing a pick. Then he becomes hesitant. He’s horrible on timing routes and often waits for the receiver to break rather than throwing on time. They really need to look at drafting a QB. Rush is fine as a backup, but he’s not a starter. Fans can blame the coaching and play calling all they want, but with a QB as wildly inconsistent as Dak, it’s hard to fairly evaluate the play calling. Notice how there were fewer complaints about the play calling when Rush was the QB?? Although he lacks a lot of the raw talent Dak has and he has some glaring weaknesses too, he played within the system and was much better at throwing on time, getting rid of the ball quickly, and reading defenses.

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