Dallas Cowboys: 3 head coach options if McCarthy fails in 2023

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Complacency is a legitimate weakness in the NFL. Some coaches have won Super Bowl titles and received a lot of grace to keep them from getting the boot. The Dallas Cowboys has one foot in and one out into this category.

In Arlington, Texas, where the lights are bright and the attention is plentiful, that same grace is nowhere to be found.

Coaches need to produce wins. Unfortunately, fans are sometimes much more challenging on personnel than the front office.

Talking about replacing a head coach who has back-to-back 12-win seasons seems preposterous.

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys will have a tough sell to fans if Mike McCarthy cannot get this team deep in the playoffs.

For the record, Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn will not be a part of this equation. It is nothing to do with him being a legitimate candidate. This article focuses on outside candidates who should and should not get a look.

Mike is dealing with a proverbial double-edged sword. Unfortunately, it is a sharp weapon that may end up being his ultimate downfall.

On the one hand, the Cowboys’ roster is ready-made. Talent is abundant on the offensive side of the ball, and a potential top-5 defense at the helm.

At the same time, there are no excuses for him to land on if he falters.

Mike will not have a slower running back to peek toward or a young offensive coordinator to give backhand compliments.

The onus will be on him and him alone.

Jerry may give McCarthy more time considering how much he gave Coach Clap.

However, if he does not, there are a couple of coaches that can help the quarterback get closer to their ultimate goal and one that Dallas needs to stay away from.