The Dallas Cowboys plan to retain Mike McCarthy as head coach next season despite posting one of the worst records in the NFL so far this year, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday NFL Countdown. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed as well.
Dallas hired McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett last offseason after the latter led the Cowboys to an 8-8 finish in his 10th season with the team. The Cowboys head into Sunday’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals with a 3-9 record, facing more draft pick implications than playoff odds.
They’ve played most of the season without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Week 5 against the New York Giants. However, injuries on both sides of the ball have led to Dallas ranking 23rd in scoring average (22.3 PPG) and 32nd in points allowed (32.8).
The NFC East’s early-season struggles have the Giants atop the division with a 5-7 record, putting Dallas just two games out of a playoff spot. But New York’s recent surge coupled with back-to-back wins by the Washington Football Team have put the Cowboys in a precarious spot with just four games to play.
By bringing back McCarthy, the Cowboys will have the chance to see what their offense looks like with the head coach and Prescott leading the show. That is, if the Cowboys bring Prescott back. The former fourth-round pick was playing under the franchise tag before he went down with the injury and no deal has been reached for past the 2020 season.
But as the Cowboys’ struggles have shown, Prescott’s role in their offense is as an important as ever. It’s just up to Dallas to determine if that’s worth setting contract records for.