Mike McCarthy Has Shocking Plans for After 2024 Season

As the all-important 2024 NFL season looms, Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has made a shocking move that indicates he's confident about remaining in Big D for the long haul.
Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy has hired an agent.
Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy has hired an agent. / Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL season is a big year for Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy. Coaching is the NFL's most popular franchise is never an easy task, but the pressure will be even higher his fall due to it being the final season on McCarthy's five-year contract that he signed ahead of the 2020 campaign.

If the Cowboys were any other franchise, chances are that McCarthy being re-signed would be a guarantee. After all, Dallas' 42 wins under his guidance are tied for the fourth-most in the last four seasons. Having said that, a high win total doesn't mean much when a team is constantly being booted from the playoffs shortly after they begin.

But even if his future in Big D is murky, the latest McCarthy-centric report suggests that he doesn't plan on going anywhere soon.

Cowboys Rumors: Mike McCarthy Confident in Contract Extension

According to Dallas Morning News' Calvin Watkins, McCarthy "isn’t worried about his job status" ahead of the 2024 NFL campaign. In fact, the 60-year-old bench boss hired Don Yee as his agent earlier this spring "with the confidence he’ll get a contract extension."

Having a confident coach is a good thing, but confidence shouldn't be mistaken for delusion.

Again, you'd probably find a legion of Cowboys fans who'd be more than okay with McCarthy receiving an extension. He's a former Super Bowl-winning head coach who's led Dallas to three consecutive 12-win campaigns and has qualified for the playoffs in 12 of his 17 seasons behind an NFL bench. If he became available today, several teams wouldn't hesitate to sign him.

But the Cowboys aren't your ordinary franchise. There isn't a bigger NFL team across the globe than Dallas, which is why it's inexcusable that the team hasn't won a Super Bowl in nearly 30 years, let alone played in a single NFC Championship Game during that drought.

As great as McCarthy is during the regular season, all magic seems to disappear once the playoffs arrive. While the Cowboys have reached the postseason in each of the last three years they're just 1-3 with two one-and-done appearances. Hell, McCarthy owns an uninspiring 6-9 playoff record since winning Super Bowl XLV with the Green Bay Packers well over a decade ago.

If Jerry Jones opts to extend Mike McCarthy before the playoffs even begin, there's a good chance that many Cowboys fans won't be happy. Extensions should be awarded when deserved and if Dallas fails to go on a deep playoff run, there's no way that management can reasonably justify handing another contract to the Pittsburgh, PA native.

The good news for McCarthy and his shot at an extension is that America's Team is projected to be back in the championship mix next season. As July begins, the Cowboys are tied for the eighth-best Super Bowl LIX odds (+1600) on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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