3. Mike McCarthy
We can blame any one player or even an entire position group. But when there's a full-scale failure like this, the fault lies at the top.
Mike McCarthy has found his job security a frequent talking point throughout his Cowboys tenure. Falling short in the playoffs has been the main reason why for those discussions as fans wonder if he's the man to truly lead this franchise back to the promised land.
A first-round playoff game, against his former team, at home, following a great season, gave McCarthy the stage to make a statement. He ended up doing that, but in the worst way possible.
Dallas came out almost lifeless in the first half. McCarthy and his staff had the chance to change things up when they weren't going their way early to rally this team. Instead, they stuck to their gameplan, and it led to a massive 27-7 deficit.
Going into the locker room at halftime, McCarthy and co. had another chance to wake their squad up. Both sides of the ball were clearly struggling, so they needed their leader to lead a turnaround.
McCarthy even got an assist from Cowboys legend JImmy Johnson, but it didn't matter. Now Jerry Jones must consider if he has the right man to return this org to the mountaintop.
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