Mike McCarthy Breaks Silence After Avoiding Firing

The 60-year-old head coach will be back in Dallas for the 2024 season.
Nov 19, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Dallas Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy during the first
Nov 19, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Dallas Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy during the first / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys will shockingly be running it back next season with head coach Mike McCarthy after their loss in the Super Wild Card round to the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium.

Fans and NFL analysts were speculating that McCarthy could be out of a job, depending on how the Cowboys’ playoff run ended. Surprisingly, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stuck by the 60-year-old head coach, who has spent the last four seasons with the franchise.

McCarthy met with the media for the first time on Thursday morning since the team announced that he was coming back for the 2024 season. The veteran head coach was asked what has to change, and he mentioned that he still feels numb, according to Michael Gehlkin of the Dallas Morning News.

“It’s still raw right now. I’m still a little numb,” he said. “My experience and my approach has always been you’re going to have changes. You’re going to have adjustments. You’re going to have emphasis. We’re just getting started.”

McCarthy also spoke at length about his discussion with owner Jerry Jones and expressed his confidence in starting quarterback Dak Prescott.

“We talked about a number of topics,” McCarthy said. “Beginning with disappointment of how season ended and touching pretty much everything in the football program.”

As for Prescott, the veteran head coach said he believes in the star quarterback and thinks he’s the answer. 

Nonetheless, McCarthy said all the right things on Thursday as the team looks to rebound from another disappointing playoff exit. After the Eagles fell apart down the stretch, everything lined up perfectly for Dallas to win the division and at least get to the NFC title game.

The Cowboys didn’t get to the NFC Championship Game, so now they are back at square one again with McCarthy. There are some holes Dallas will need to fix on the roster, and they have to prepare for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to land a head coaching gig.

Simply put, it will be a busy offseason for Jerry Jones and Co. as they don’t want to be in this same spot next season.

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