dalas cowboy Head coach Mike McCarthy faces the defining moment to advance to the knockout stages. His ability to lead Dallas to playoff victory will determine whether or not he has long-term success.
Although McCarthy became the first HC to lead Dallas to a 12-match winning season in 27 years, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made it clear that he expects more than that, namely a championship.
“I think we’re in better shape today to win (the championship) than when we were sitting here at this time last year,” he said. Jones said in July.
Not due to lack of talent—Dallas was seven professional pitchers this season — but it seemed to falter at the wrong time, forcing a return to coaching.
One lose 26-6 coming to Washington (8-8-1) on Sunday is a prime example. The Cowboys had one of the worst games of the season— overturned twice and lost to QB rookie Sam Howell, who was starting his career for the first time—a week before the knockout stages.
The loss sets off alarm bells. “Somehow McCarthy will have to rescue what became a mess on Sunday,” Written ESPN’s Todd Archer.
The Cowboys could be about to face another playoff disaster soon as they face Tom Brady in a wild card round on the road in Tampa Bay. Brady had a perfect starting record (7-0) against Dallas.
But it also presents an opportunity. If McCarthy avoids another first-round exit, the elimination seven times The Super Bowl champion proves he and the Cowboys are ready to run.