Mike McCarthy of the Cowboys May Be Fired Following the Playoffs, Per ESPN Insider

 Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy Could Be Fired After Playoffs: ESPN Insider

The Dallas Cowboys have the opportunity to clinch the NFC East title on Sunday, but there are uncertainties surrounding head coach Mike McCarthy’s job security. Despite preparing for their third playoff appearance under McCarthy, the Cowboys have only secured one postseason victory in the last two years.

According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, there is a sense within the league and even some in the Cowboys organization that McCarthy’s future may hinge on the outcome of the team’s final game. If the Cowboys perform well in the postseason, McCarthy stands a good chance of retaining his job. However, should they struggle and end the season with a disappointing loss, as witnessed in the past two years, there is speculation that Dallas might consider a coaching change.

The Cowboys, under McCarthy, have faced playoff setbacks with a 1-2 record, both losses coming against the San Francisco 49ers, who convincingly defeated Dallas earlier this year with a 42-10 score. Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is reportedly in line for a head coaching job, possibly elsewhere or even within the Cowboys organization, either as a coordinator or head coach. The team is keen on retaining Quinn, given the success of the Dallas defense over the past three years.

The upcoming game against the Washington Commanders is crucial for the Cowboys, considering the potential playoff implications. While on paper, Dallas appears to have the upper hand against the struggling Commanders, memories of a disappointing end to the 2022 season when they fell short against Washington linger. Winning this game would secure the Cowboys a home playoff game and potentially help them avoid facing the 49ers until the NFC Championship game. Conversely, a loss would cast a somber tone on their postseason prospects.

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