Jerry Jones reacts to ‘ridiculous’ Mike McCarthy speculation
It’s all but been guaranteed that Mike McCarthy will return as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys despite a nightmarish debut season with the team.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, as he is wont to do, relied upon turning a colorful phrase to react to a question about McCarthy’s arguably surprising job security, characterizing the notion that the first-year head coach is on the hot seat as “ridiculous.”
Making his weekly appearance Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, Jones acted surprised that uncertainty over McCarthy’s future was even a topic of conversation. To help emphasize the point, he pulled out a one-liner and delivered it in a manner only the loquacious Jones could.
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan, Jerry Jones sounded incredulous that Mike McCarthy’s future was even a question after 13 games. “How ridiculous is this conversation in terms of having any meat on the bone?” Jones said. “I don’t think I ever dreamed of Mike not being the coach.”— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) December 15, 2020
A 30-7 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals helped the Cowboys right the ship to some degree, but the team nevertheless still resides in the NFC East cellar with a 4-9 record.
Jones’ comments Tuesday merely reinforce what Cowboys executive vice president, CEO and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said Monday about McCarthy, saying there “will be absolutely no change” when it comes to the team’s head-coaching position.
Perhaps already aware that he wasn’t going anywhere, McCarthy offered assurances last week that better days are ahead for the Cowboys despite the 2020 campaign being nothing short of a complete disaster that has caused widespread frustration in the locker room and the front office.
The case can be made that if this was any other team, McCarthy likely would be among the head coaches expected to be pink-slipped on Black Monday, if not sooner. The Cowboys operate differently than most NFL organizations thanks to Jones’ seeming inability to admit when he’s wrong, however.
Jones brought in McCarthy with great fanfare, and it’s unlikely someone with his ego would admit so quickly that he completely blew it by giving McCarthy a five-year deal. Hence, the “having any meat on the bone” comment.