Jerry Jones, the long-time Dallas Cowboys owner refused to provide a definitive answer about Mike McCarthy’s future. This indecision led, unsurprisingly, to rumors that the team could be looking for a new coach.
Jones today has an explanation for his confusion.
Jon Machota Cowboys insider says that the Dallas executive stated that he did not give a definitive answer to his plan to keep Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator.
Jerry Jones is trying to say that he never definitively said Mike McCarthy would be back for another season as Cowboys head coach last week because it was all part of his plan to keep Dan Quinn on staff
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 28, 2022
According to reports in the Dallas Morning News, Jones claimed that McCarthy’s employment status was not at risk. According to Jones, he claimed that he and his head coach were working behind the scenes to keep Quinn as DC.
Quinn was a top candidate in multiple head coaching positions this year’s cycle and agreed to return to Dallas. He reportedly received a “substantial increase” from Jerry Jones, the Cowboys front-office.
McCarthy was unable to win the Wild Card round despite a better regular season his second year with Cowboys. McCarthy has much to prove in the upcoming season, even though his job is secure.