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Mourning amongst Dallas Cowboys followers continued past the workforce’s playoff loss Sunday when it was revealed the workforce is conserving Mike McCarthy as its head coach.

McCarthy went 12-5 in every of the final three seasons, however the Cowboys have only one playoff win in that span, and their NFC championship sport drought continues.

Whereas many Cowboys followers had been upset about McCarthy’s return, one soccer Corridor of Famer understands proprietor Jerry Jones’ controversial resolution.

Howie Lengthy gave Jones the advantage of the doubt together with his resolution in the course of the present teaching carousel.


Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys in the course of the second quarter towards the Buffalo Payments at Highmark Stadium Dec. 17, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y.  (Wealthy Barnes/Getty Pictures)

“Mike has gained lots of video games over there the previous few years. He’s cultivated a very robust relationship with Dak Prescott,” Lengthy mentioned in a latest interview with Fox Information Digital. “For no matter purpose, once they get to the playoffs, they falter. That’s what’s distinctive about our sport. Mike made the purpose, they picked the fallacious time to have a nasty day. 

“Not like baseball or hockey or basketball, the place it’s best-of-three, best-of-five, best-of-seven, it’s one sport. And when you’re off sooner or later, you’re out, you’re carried out. It’s over sudden. I feel there’s all the time sort of an inclination to hurry to judgment, and I feel Jerry did a superb job of sort of hanging in there and saying, ‘Do I need to be in a market the place seven or eight different groups are going to be on the lookout for head coaches, offensive coordinators?’ That in all probability factored into Jerry’s resolution.”

However the “NFL on FOX” cohost appeared to counsel Jones nonetheless desires to win his personal means. That might be why he caught with McCarthy, even when Invoice Belichick is a free agent for the primary time this millennium.

New England Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick earlier than a sport towards the Atlanta Falcons. (Simon Bruty /Sports activities Illustrated by way of Getty Pictures)

“If Invoice Belichick signed as much as be the Dallas Cowboys’ coach tomorrow, they’d be one of many frontrunners for the Tremendous Bowl,” Lengthy mentioned. “They’ve the expertise. They’ve the amenities. They’ve the whole lot which you could want, however Jerry and the whole group must change. 

“That is Jerry’s workforce and Jerry’s group, and for Jerry to surrender the sort of issues he in all probability must surrender to herald Invoice Belichick, I’m unsure he would need to do this.”


However Lengthy did say McCarthy can have a brief leash. 

“I feel that is it,” he mentioned of McCarthy. “They’ve gotta decide on Dak, and when you’re gonna decide to Dak, which means you’re feeling like Dak is an elite, elite quarterback, since you’re going to must pay him $50, $60 [million], regardless of the going price is. Do you need to do this, and do you need to decide to that? They must decide on that. 

Jerry Jones at FedExField

Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones walks off the sphere after warmups previous to a sport towards the Washington Commanders at FedEx Area.  (Geoff Burke/USA At present Sports activities)

“How they really feel about him is the one factor that’s essential. CeeDee Lamb must be signed for certain. He was the perfect receiver in soccer the second half of the season. And the opposite man is Micah Parsons. He’s a man you’ve gotta signal, and also you’ve gotta pay high greenback too. So, they’ve obtained some choices to make.”


Dallas has not gained a Tremendous Bowl for the reason that 1995 season, additionally the final time they made it previous the divisional spherical.

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