Conversations continue to revolve around the job security of Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy.
The noise only seemed to increase after the Cowboys were knocked out of the playoffs by the San Francisco 49ers for the second year in a row.
The possibility of Jerry Jones hiring Sean Payton or another experienced coach still seems to loom over the franchise, but McCarthy said the Cowboys’ owner wants him to stay much longer.
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After his third season and back-to-back 12-5 seasons, McCarthy said Jones told him his tenure could last as long as former Cowboys coach Tom Landry’s.
“As far as my relationship with Jerry … we’re in a great place. The partnership we have, he’s excited about it,” McCarthy said Thursday, via USA Today. “He told me several times this week that he wants me to train here as long as Coach (Tom) Landry did. I said, ‘OK, that’s a long time.’ I feel very good about our relationship. I think our ability to argue and disagree, we do a pretty good job of that. I think that’s important”.
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Landry was the Cowboys’ head coach for 29 consecutive seasons.
This is not the first time Jones is believed to have used the comparison of Landry to one of his coaches.
During the 2019 NFL offseason, Jones compared Jason Garrett’s head coaching tenure to Landry’s. Garrett was fired after the 2019 season, but has the distinction of being the second-longest tenured starting coach in franchise history.
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Jones also ended Landry’s 29-year streak in Dallas by firing the coach in 1988 shortly after he bought the Cowboys. Jones then hired Jimmy Johnson, who went on to two Super Bowls at the helm.
McCarthy has a long way to go if he wants to match Landry’s streak.
Jones has hired eight head coaches since he’s owned the franchise, but only two of those coaches have held the job for more than four seasons: Jimmy Johnson and Jason Garrett.
While McCarthy’s job seems secure for 2023, he announced the reorganization of the coaching staff.
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McCarthy confirmed assistant head coach Rob Davis, senior defensive assistant George Edwards, offensive line coach Joe Philbin, running backs coach Skip Peete, assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett and quality control coach Kyle Valero they will not return next season.
However, the fate of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore remains unresolved.