The Dallas Cowboys fought hard down the stretch to capture the NFC East title and earn the second seed in the NFC playoffs. But that was all brought to a screeching halt after they got blown out at home by the Green Bay Packers in the first round, ending their season.
After the game, all eyes were on owner Jerry Jones for a clue as to what the Cowboys would do. Many believed that a loss to the Packers would all but end Mike McCarthy's reign as head coach.
But that was not the case, because Jones announced on Wednesday McCarthy would stay in Dallas as the head coach, giving him is vote of confidence and saying he believes this team is close to a championship.
In a press conference on Thursday, McCarthy was asked where the Cowboys stand and what should the expectations be. He was very clear in how he felt, and made a plea to the Cowboys fans.
McCarthy pleas for Cowboys fans to buy in.
Larry Holder, Jon Machota and Saad Yousuf of The Athletic (Subscription Required) reported from the press conference that McCarthy is "very confident" in the path the Cowboys are on and has faith in the leadership in place. He then said he came to Dallas with the purpose of winning a Super Bowl and he wants fans to "buy into" them.
To the Jones family and (subsequently) Cowboys fans, the only acceptable outcome to a season is a Super Bowl win. Unfortunately for them and Cowboys fans everywhere, with this season being another wash, they will have gone 28 seasons without a championship.
But the Jones family and fans everywhere will always buy in because they always feel they are primed for a run. Now it's on McCarthy to bring that dream to fruition.
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