Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones has made his final decision on Mike McCarthy’s job status.
After the Cowboys’ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 22, Jones made one thing clear: McCarthy’s job will not be affected by the 19-12 loss. However, Jones made sure to end his thoughts by calling the loss to the 49ers “very disgusting.”
above Jon Machota of The Athletic:
“No, not at all,” when asked if the outcome of the game would affect McCarthy’s job status. “In my opinion, your decision for our kicker was relieved with his field goal. I am proud of him. It’s very disgusting not to win tonight.”
For the second year in a row, the Cowboys were eliminated from the postseason by the 49ers. This time, however, Dallas entered as an underdog while playing hundreds of miles from home in San Francisco. Additionally, the 49ers are the second seed of the NFC, while the Cowboys entered as the fifth seed as a wildcard playoff team.
Dallas had their chances to win the game. However, turnovers nullified them on the low-scoring matter. While 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy has done an excellent job taking care of football (zero turnovers), Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has had trouble taking care of football.
Prescott threw two interceptions, including one in the first quarter that led directly to a 49ers field goal. The second came when Dallas, ranked 2nd and 2nd from the San Francisco 18-yard line, threatened goal position at the end of the first half.
Jones’ comments come less than two weeks after he expressed his confidence in McCarthy as the Cowboys’ head coach. In fact, he made similar comments regarding McCarthy’s job security ahead of the wild card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
About ESPN’s Todd Archer:
“No. I don’t even want to… No. That’s it,” Jones said during an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Jan. 10. “I don’t need to go into all the pros and cons. I have a lot more to Rating Mike McCarthy than this playoff game. I can’t tell you how much confidence I have in Mike and our coaching staff to be at the top with this team where we are right now.”
In three seasons as head coach of the Cowboys, McCarthy has amassed a 30-20 regular season record and a 1-2 postseason record. The former Super Bowl champion is actually the first head coach to lead Dallas to the back-to-back playoffs since Chan Gailey in 1998-99.
However, it’s clear that with McCarthy as head coach, the Cowboys may have hit a wall. The 59-year-old has never defeated the 49ers in the postseason and dates back to his days as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He’s 0-4 all-time against San Francisco in the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
“Mike McCarthy lost 4-0 to the 49ers (2012 and 13 with Packers, 2021 and 22 with Cowboys) in his playoff career. That ties Tom Landry against the Rams for the most losses by a coach to any opponent in NFL playoff history.
Aside from fierce competition within their own divisions in the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, the Cowboys must find a way to defeat teams like the 49ers in the playoffs.
It’s the only way they can get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1995 season.