Another week and more rumors that Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is coaching to keep his job in Monday night’s NFC wild card playoff matchup versus Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game will take place in Tampa and will conclude the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has grown tired of hearing his coach’s name in that type of chatter. The former Mississippi State Bulldogs star recently took to Twitter to express his feelings on the rumors:
“It’s comical in a sense. First, what back-to-back 12 win seasons in y’all tell me me how long, and we’re talking about a guy’s job in jeopardy? That just shows you when you play for this organization what comes with it and that’s why it’s important to create these walls around us, create this safe place in our locker room and understanding what matters is the men that go out there and get in between the lines and put the work in throughout the week for us to go out and win.”
Sounds like Prescott is tired of hearing the rumors of his coach’s possible demise if things go south on Monday night, and he wanted to let us know he sides with his coach.
From @NFLGameDay: With an eye toward Monday night, #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was clear about Mike McCarthy's job status, while #Bucs QB Tom Brady will be one of the most interesting free agents in 2023. pic.twitter.com/MuPsUiey91
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2023
Jerry Jones Says McCarthy’s Job Is Safe Regardless Of Result
In an attempt to quell the notion that his head coach is coaching to keep his job, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told listeners this during his weekly radio spot on 105.3 The Fan.
“No. I don’t even want to … No. That’s it,” he said. “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.”
Is Jones playing coy? Or is he telling the truth?
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Jones isn’t being truthful about his intentions with McCarthy if the Cowboys have consecutive one-and-done outings in the postseason. During “First Take” last week, Smith a known Cowboys hater, let it be known that he isn’t buying it.
.@stephenasmith thinks Mike McCarthy's job is on the line 😯
"Jerry Jones is lying to you. … [If} Mike McCarthy loses this game, Mike McCarthy gone get fired. I don't give a damn what anybody says." pic.twitter.com/51mhH5HgmM
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 10, 2023
Smith’s ESPN co-worker and former Cowboys player Marcus Spears responded to Smith via Twitter.
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) January 12, 2023
McCarthy Has Been A Successful Super Bowl-Winning Coach
During his three seasons in Dallas McCarthy has gone 30-20 with one NFC East title and two playoff appearances. Maybe that’s why he’s exuding confidence ahead of Monday’s big game.
“I have confidence in our football team that no matter who we line up against in the playoffs, we’ll be successful,” McCarthy told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “We have built that over the course of the offseason and training camp. … I feel like what we’re capable of doing is very high, a lot of belief and confidence.”
In his career McCarthy has gone 155-97-2 with a Super Bowl win with the Packers, and he has 11 playoff appearances overall.