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Report: Mike McCarthy safe as Cowboys coach for 2021, but changes could come on defensive side

Update on the Cowboys coaching situation.

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There are four games left in this Dallas Cowboys season at the moment which means that the team has four more opportunities to win, or at least not embarrass themselves. We have seen a comedy of errors from America’s Team so far this year, so much so that the NFL did the unthinkable and flexed out of a primetime game featuring the Cowboys. They have sunk to the point beyond being a bad football team and are disorganized and boring.

Since this is the case, there have obviously been calls for changes in different capacities. It is hard to imagine the Cowboys making a head coaching decision given that this is Mike McCarthy’s first year and that he has had to navigate it through the many challenges that this year has presented, but the results demand some sort of movement.

Mike McCarthy is reportedly safe for 2021, but changes could come on the defensive side of the ball

Losing Dak Prescott is an understandable reason for the Cowboys offense to crater. What is unacceptable has been the play of the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys where they are putting out some of the worst performances in franchise history.

To be fair, offense and defense impact each other to some degree, but there is still no excuse for what we are seeing. Things are now at the point where the effort of players is being questioned which screams dysfunction. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday morning, it appears as if Mike McCarthy is safe for the immediate future, but that changes could come on the defensive side of the ball.

These changes would figure to include defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. The scheme that he brought with him to the Cowboys has been hard to get implemented with the players, and both Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones said themselves this past week on 105.3 The Fan that they expressed a level of regret in doing everything that they did there.

What is particularly frustrating is that the Cowboys seem to be chasing their tail on defense. Time and time again they seem to make the wrong decision. Consider just as an example that former linebackers coach Matt Eberflus is prospering as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts while the Cowboys continue to flounder there.

Change makes sense.