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Cowboys not giving Mike McCarthy new contract for 1 reason

Mike McCarthy in a Cowboys hat

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are bringing coach Mike McCarthy back for 2024, but he is not getting a significant vote of confidence beyond that.

The Cowboys have no plans to make any adjustments to McCarthy’s contract as he enters the final year of the deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The reason is that owner Jerry Jones believes that the added challenge of being in the final year of one’s contract can bring out the best in people.

There had been some speculation that the Cowboys might tack an extra year onto McCarthy’s contract, if only to avoid the appearance of him being a lame duck. There is precedent for Jones in operating this way, as previous coach Jason Garrett was put in the same situation twice. The first time, he went 12-4 in 2014, but the second time, he went 8-8 and was not brought back.

An extra contract year was unlikely to change the narrative around McCarthy anyway. The coach’s regular season record with the Cowboys is what saved his job, but it’s fair to assume Jones will want to see progress in the playoffs in 2024 if he is to extend McCarthy.


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