Will the Cowboys fire Mike McCarthy? Dallas coach’s job status in question after playoff disappointment

Big D’s performance on Sunday earned them a big F.

Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys came out with some failure with Dallas facing their playoff final against the 49ers at home, 23-17. The game was one of varying levels of disorder for the Cowboys: While the matchup came down to final possession, Dallas tied the playoff record with 18 penalties, some of which really killed the momentum.

The loss has understandably drawn the ire of Cowboys fans, with some hoping owner Jerry Jones decides to pull the plug on the Mike McCarthy era in Dallas a little prematurely. Jones expressed his disgust after the game.

Even before the Cowboys took the field, rumors began to circulate about McCarthy’s employment status.

Here’s the latest on the Cowboys’ head coach:

Will the Cowboys fire Mike McCarthy?

The Cowboys certainly disappointed, but McCarthy doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere.

On Sunday, before the Cowboys-49ers matchup, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that if the Cowboys disappoint in the playoffs, McCarthy could be fired and replaced by offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Moore did not have the best start.

On Monday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport responded to La Canfora, reporting that he didn’t feel McCarthy’s job was in jeopardy, though the staff might look different at the start of the 2022 season. With Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn interviewing for positions head coach, Dallas’ coaching staff could be in for a sea change.

After the game, Jones declined to answer questions about McCarthy or his employment status, instead reinforcing that the loss was unacceptable.

While McCarthy’s work leans toward “security,” La Canfora’s report reflects the changing of the guard from Wade Phillips to Jason Garrett. To prevent Garrett from leaving Dallas for a head coaching position, Phillips was fired and Garrett was promoted to the position. Garrett was in the head coach’s office for 10 seasons, until he was fired after the 2019 season and replaced by McCarthy.

It’s not the first time McCarthy’s job security has been called into question, as a very poor 2020 season put him firmly in the crosshairs.

For now, it’s the status quo in Dallas.