The Dallas Cowboys have a big game ahead of them on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills. Continuing to win keeps hope alive that Dallas could win the NFC East and take home the top seed in the conference, but in the short-term a win also officially punches the team’s playoff ticket.
With three games to go after Sunday it is inevitable that Dallas will reach the postseason, and when they do they will be headed there for the third year in a row. This will be the first time since 1994-1996 that this has been the case for the Cowboys, a testament to the type of program built under head coach Mike McCarthy.
Beyond reaching the playoffs so often, the Cowboys do a lot of impressive things under their head coach like win at home (they are riding a 15-game winning streak there), bounce back after losses and for the most part take care of division rivals. There are no banners or streets named after McCarthy to this point in his Dallas Cowboys tenure, but it is difficult to not acknowledge that he has done an incredible job as the team’s leader.
It appears he may be on the precipice of being rewarded for that.
Mike McCarthy ‘could be in line’ for a contract extension this offseason
As Sunday morning began to unfold the reports from national insiders trickled in and within them was a note from NFL Network about the status of Mike McCarthy.
Now if I’d told you in August that there would be a mid-December report about McCarthy’s job status you would have assumed something negative in all likelihood, but this was the opposite of that. It appears that McCarthy could be set to receive a contract extension (his current one runs through 2024) from the team in the offseason.
While Dallas still has plenty left in its season, owner Jerry Jones was asked by NFL.com during the December League Meeting in Dallas whether he envisions a contract extension for McCarthy coming as a result of the team’s success. The indication was yes.
“That’ll have a course that seeks its own time frame,” said Jones of his coach who is under contract through 2024. “I don’t do anything of that sort until the season is over.”
McCarthy’s job status is always a topic of conversation in Dallas, but with Jones expected to address it after the season, perhaps that will quiet the speculation. Playoff success will really quiet any speculation. In most other situations, McCarthy would be the subject of coach of the year talk.
McCarthy’s post is a hotly-debated one and it is common for people to call for his job when the team is under-performing. But as noted earlier the results speak for themselves when it comes to McCarthy, consider that since 2021 (also consider that Dak Prescott was lost for most of 2020) the Cowboys are tied for the most regular season wins in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Many will still note that McCarthy’s Cowboys have only won one playoff game in his time and obviously he was brought in to take the team over the hump that they still have yet to surpass. While the end result matters significantly, it is also very much worth evaluating the totality of the situation and it is clear in this case that McCarthy has been an overwhelming positive for this team.
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