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Jerry Jones has telling quote about Mike McCarthy’s status as coach

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Mike McCarthy appears poised to remain head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for the 2022 season. However, it certainly does not sound like he should feel particularly secure in the position.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not give a particularly strong endorsement of McCarthy in a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. Jones seemed to suggest that the things the Cowboys need to fix should have been dealt with sooner, and more or less said that if he felt there was a better option than McCarthy available, he would make a change.

“If I thought changing out men at any level would improve us, I would change it out,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I see a lot of names, a lot of great names, a lot of great names from colleges. I see them coming through. I’ve seen a lot of great names at various duties in the NFL come and go over the last 30 years. I haven’t seen but a couple of them that I thought might have a straight shot in at what’s up above. That’s (Bill) Belichick up there in New England, his record has been unbelievable.

“But aside from that, I’ll be very candid with you. I see human beings, human frailties, human work ethic, human excelling and coming up with a way to go.”

That is not exactly a vote of confidence in McCarthy to say the least. Jones’ standards are high, which may be saving the coach right now, but it’s certainly clear that Jones is not totally satisfied with the job McCarthy did this year. Some of McCarthy’s comments after Sunday’s playoff loss probably haven’t helped either.

Stephen Jones has been firm that McCarthy will return in 2022. That may still be true, but it sounds like the coach will be on the hot seat from day one of training camp.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones expresses frustration with Amari Cooper

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Fantasy football managers were not the only ones who were frustrated with Amari Cooper’s 2021 season.

In his weekly radio appearance Friday on 105.3 The Fan, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed displeasure with the Cowboys receiver Cooper.

“How he fits in and he should take half the field with him when he goes and runs the field,” said Jones of Cooper, per Mark Lane of WFAA Sports. “Not half, that’s an exaggeration, of course. But a whole bunch of that defense should have to honor Cooper. He ought to be able to catch it when they’re going in the middle with him. Others do. You throw to people that are covered all the time in the NFL.”

Jones did add that he thought Cooper had “a big part” in the Cowboys’ early-season success. When asked about Cooper’s contract specifically, Jones said that he did not have any comment. But he also made some thinly-veiled remarks about playing up to the value of one’s contract.

“The reason those contracts are being discussed is because they have two sides to them: one’s got it coming and the other’s got to pay it,” said Jones. ”The one that’s got it coming is going to go out and perform usually to the level of the contract. That’s usually the way I think about those contracts.”

The former first-round pick Cooper had his worst season as a Cowboy in 2021. Though he still found the end zone eight times, Cooper managed only 68 receptions for 865 yards. That marked a sharp regression from his 2020 campaign where he caught 92 passes for 1,114 yards.

Cooper did have to contend with the other talented pass-catchers in Dallas. CeeDee Lamb emerged as a true No. 1 target, Dalton Schultz had his best career season, Michael Gallup ate up targets in the second half of the year, and even Cedrick Wilson became a threat in the passing game. But Cooper still tied for the second-most targets of the team, yet could only manage the sixth-best catch percentage among Dallas’ qualified pass-catchers.

The 27-year-old Cooper has three years and $60 million left on his contract. But the Cowboys do now have a potential out in 2022, meaning that they can get out of Cooper’s deal with just $6 million in dead cap.

Cooper himself sounded frustrated with his role earlier in the season. With Jones extremely disappointed after the team’s Wild Card round exit, it begs the question of if the Cowboys could actually exercise that potential out on Cooper’s contract, especially in light of these latest comments from Jones.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports