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Will Mike McCarthy get fired by the Dallas Cowboys?

The Dallas Cowboys crashed out of the playoffs, losing to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. They were the only home team to lose in the Wild Card Round.

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The Dallas Cowboys crashed out of the playoffs, losing to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. They were the only home team to lose in the Wild Card Round.
TOM PENNINGTONAFP

The Dallas Cowboys had a fantastic regular season, that brought back hope in Big D that America’s Teams might actually have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly 30 years. Those dreams of a return to a glorious yesteryear were squashed when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs last weekend.

Will Mike McCarthy make it to year three?

Some people in Dallas are calling for Mike McCarthy’s head after the post season debacle, so will he be around for Week 1 of next season?

McCarthy just finished his second season as the play caller for the Cowboys. Most coaches taking over a franchise are allotted at least a two year grace period to try to turn things around.

In very rare instances like Urban Meyer in Jacksonville this year, things don’t only get better, but sometimes get worse and the coach is let go before the first year ends.

Jones has given his coaches time in past

These days it’s very rare that you see coaching tenure’s like former Cowboys coach Tom Landry’s which lasted 29 years, but since Jerry Jones took over in 1989 he has given his coaches at least the two years to settle and install their vision into the team.

Chan Gailey lasted the shortest amount of time in under Jerry Jones, despite taking them to the playoffs two straight year. Dallas crashed out of the playoffs with out a win in both of those seasons, bringing Gailey’s time with the Cowboys to an end.

When pondering the Cowboys, and McCarthy’s future you have to look at their past. Dallas owner Jerry Jones, may be the flashiest owner, with the deepest pockets in the game but he has also been one of the most loyal to his head coaches, sometimes even to a fault.

Johnson era was most successful in recent Cowboys history

Jone’s first choice to take over on the sidelines was Jimmy Johnson. In just five years Johnson took the Cowboys from a 1-15 record in his first year to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1992 and 1993.

Their relationship ended after five years as tensions between the two hit a point of no return and Johnson was sent his marching orders in March of 1994.

There were a handful of coaches that have come in an out of Dallas, but the one who perhaps lasted the longest on the hot seat was Dave Campo. Campo went 15-33 in his three years in Dallas failing to make the playoffs in all three seasons.

Jones stuck with Garrett for 10 years

Jones was most loyal to Jason Garrett, who in his 10 year era as the Big Man in Big D lead the Cowboys to the playoffs just three times and finished with a record under .500 six times.

McCarthy took over after Garrett was let go by Jones two seasons ago. Hope was yet again installed in Cowboys nation with a proven, Super Bowl winning coach coming into the fray.

The former Packers coach led Green Bay to the playoffs in 12 of his 16 seasons in charge at Lambeau field. He also went to six NFC Championships and won one Super Bowl in those 16 years.

McCarthy's first year marred by Dak injury

In two seasons in Dallas, McCarthy has gone 18-15, but that record should have an asterisk especially by first season. Franchis QB Dak Prescott suffered a horrific season ending injury in Week 5 of the 2020 season. They finished last season 6-10 and came in third in the NFC East.

This year Dallas came into the season with plenty of questions surrounding the team, and most importantly Dak Prescott. But McCarthy led the ‘Boys to a 6-1 record through the first seven games and were one of the favorites to win the NFC.

Once again the Cowboys fans were disappointed with the first round exit to the Niners, but if history shows Jerry Jones will give McCarthy at least one more chance next season.

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