In a recent and somewhat unexpected announcement, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has confirmed that head coach Mike McCarthy will be returning to the team for a fifth season. This decision comes as a surprise to many, especially in the aftermath of the Cowboys‘ disappointing 48-32 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Wild Card Weekend, a loss that marked McCarthy’s third postseason failure with the team.
Under McCarthy‘s leadership since 2021, the Cowboys have achieved a commendable 36-15 record in regular-season games. However, their postseason performance has been lackluster, with McCarthy‘s record standing at 1-3. Despite these setbacks, Jones, known for his patience, has chosen to retain McCarthy for the final year of his five-year contract, signed in 2020.
Reflecting on his recent meeting with Jones, which reportedly lasted over three hours, McCarthy shared insights with the media. As reported by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, McCarthy acknowledged the team’s failure to meet expectations, stating, “It was a long meeting… the first topic was obviously the disappointment of the ending of the season. One team played to their standard and the other didn’t. Unfortunately, we didn’t. So I’m very disappointed in our performance, just not playing to our standard.”
McCarthy has been successful but not effective in the postseason
McCarthy‘s tenure with the Cowboys has not been without its successes, particularly in the regular season. The team has not seen three consecutive 12-win seasons since the early 1990s, a period marked by three Super Bowl victories in four years. McCarthy, a renowned offensive strategist and Super Bowl-winning coach, was initially brought on board with the hope of ending Dallas’ Super Bowl drought, which has persisted since 1995.
Despite the challenges faced so far, Jones appears confident in McCarthy‘s ability to lead the team to a championship victory in 2024. This ongoing faith in McCarthy suggests that Jones sees him as the key figure in the Cowboys‘ pursuit of their long-awaited Super Bowl triumph.