Cowboys Expected To Retain HC Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy‘s first year as the Cowboys’ head coach has not gone well, to say the least. At 3-9, Dallas is at the bottom of the awful NFC East, so it’s fair to wonder if McCarthy’s job is in jeopardy.

About a month ago, team EVP Stephen Jones adamantly shot down the notion that he could look to move on from McCarthy at season’s end, but his club has been blown out by the Washington Football Team and the Ravens over the past two weeks, performances that have engendered plenty of conversation about the Cowboys’ effort and heart.

Nonetheless, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network hears that McCarthy will indeed be retained for the 2021 season (video link). After all, it would be difficult for any head coach to overcome the loss of his starting quarterback and the complete decimation of his offensive line, and while the uninspired play is cause for concern, it’s generally advisable to give a HC at least two years to get things moving in the right direction.

But even if McCarthy’s job is safe, there could be major changes on the way. One team source told Rapoport that “something has to change,” and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan could be on the outs. Nolan spent his last few seasons in the league as a linebackers coach and had not been in charge of a defense since 2014, when he wrapped up a three-year stint as the Falcons’ DC. His return to the coordinator ranks has been a disaster, as the Cowboys are near the bottom of the league in total defense and dead last in points allowed per game.

Nolan, 61, has a ton of experience, having served as a defensive coordinator with eight different franchises and as the 49ers’ head coach from 2005-08. But two of his terms as DC lasted just one year — the Jets in 2000 and the Broncos in 2009 — and it looks like the Cowboys will be the third team on that list.

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15 comments on “Cowboys Expected To Retain HC Mike McCarthy

  1. wagner13

    I remember when Yinzers thought it would be sensible to fire Tomlin and hire this clown…

  2. Breezy

    I’m all for keeping McCarthy another year. Just to see what he can accomplish with a (hopefully) healthy roster. But Nolan needs to be replaced. Preferably with someone going back to a 4-3 style scheme.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    So when are the Cowboys bringing Gregg Williams in for an interview?

  4. Yep it is

    Of course he is not getting fired. Nobody available at this point to be a Patsy for Media Whore Mongor Jerra “ Pick my Nose.” Jones. This team hasn’t won for 25 years and the only folks that think they are still relevant is Jerry Jones , Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless both of who can’t go 5 minutes without mentioning them.

    • earmbrister

      Yep, you seem to have a strange fixation on Jerry Jones picking his nose …

  5. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    Give him one more year, it has been a strange year to say the least

    • CursedRangers

      That would be so awesome! The Cowboys desperately need a GM. Jerry is a insanely awesome person at marketing. But he just can’t grasp how to maximize the salary cap. Not to mention his ego gets in the way of everything. Would love for Chris Shea (with the Chiefs) to get a shot at being the GM. The guy is a brilliant football mind and would do wonders for restoring the Cowboys to glory.
      #wishfulthinkingaswell
      #alliwantforChristmasisaGM

  6. CowboysoldierFTW

    I say every coach deserves 3 years. Don’t think he is the man for the job but still he deserves the chance.

  7. KingTiger

    As a Redskins fan, I love this.
    Now, if they pay Dak 40 million a year for 10 years, South America’s team will have a firm anchor to the bottom of the NFC East for the duration.

  8. phillyballers

    How do you expect anyone to win games of your starting QB snaps his foot off and every OL is done for the year? DC might need to be addressed tho.

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