If we talk about head coaches who head into the 2022 NFL season under the most pressure, Mike McCarthy will probably come to mind. After failing to lead the Cowboys past the Wild Card round in two years, many believe he’s in the hot seat ahead of his third season at the helm.
McCarthy was hired ahead of the 2020 season, in which Dak Prescott‘s injury ended up taking a toll on Dallas‘ playoff aspirations. The Cowboys did better in the next regular season, yet they suffered an early playoff elimination at the hands of the 49ers.
The franchise has bigger aspirations than a Wild Card exit, which is why this year could be crucial for McCarthy’s future. Jerry Jones, however, has given the head coach a huge vote of confidence amid his job security rumors.
Jerry Jones believes Mike McCarthy is the right man for the Cowboys
“One of the issues I want to address directly because I guess it’s the one that probably have the most sensitivity about, and that is Mike and him coaching,” Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. “And I want to be real clear — he wouldn’t be sitting here today if I didn’t think he was the man to lead this team to a Super Bowl. He would not be. And I have choices.
“So that’s not meant to be insensitive to anybody, that’s a fact. And so you guys write about a lot of those choices and they were there for my use had I wanted them. And no, the guy to my right is who I’m convicted about. Have been. We certainly have had things we’ve addressed and the way we’ve addressed them in the offseason, I think we have successfully put together a staff that really, from this vantage point, gives us absolutely the best chance — with our makeup and our team — to get to the ultimate success. So I want to be real clear about that.”