It’s often been said that whoever serves as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys is just a puppet for Jerry Jones’ ultimate wishes and orders. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.
When the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy two years ago, it looked like they were headed in a tougher direction led by their coach. McCarthy brought a Super Bowl ring on his finger to town and seemed like someone who had the secret to doing what he wanted when it came to his team, but the results of the past two seasons haven’t exactly gotten him there. indicated.
We discussed the relationship between McCarthy and Jerry Jones during the last BTB roundtable. You can listen above or watch on YouTube here. Be sure to subscribe to the Blogging The Boys podcast network so you don’t miss any of our shows. Apple devices can subscribe here and Spotify users can subscribe here.
The relationship McCarthy has with Jerry is of course important given the role(s) Jerry has within the organization. As team owner, president and general manager, it’s Jerry’s way or the highway, which the Pro Football Hall of Famer reminded McCarthy with some public comments about this young offseason. These are comments that didn’t necessarily make McCarthy look good.
It seems McCarthy was listening and he’s not happy.
A timeline of how Jerry Jones created the mess that Mike McCarthy responded to on Tuesday
To understand what happened on Tuesday, we must first go back and make sure you remember the events of the past month.
On Friday, January 21 (the first Friday after the end of the season), Jerry Jones went on 105.3 The Fan and refused to fully commit to Mike McCarthy returning as head coach of the team. He had several opportunities to announce that McCarthy would be back and was deliberately shy. It’s completely on Jerry.
jerry jones @1053lefan says he’s not ready to talk about the status of his coaches. However, “I’ve got everyone I want under contract.”
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 21, 2022
Emotions were strained after the Cowboys disappointed the playoffs (again) and perhaps Jerry was seriously considering a head coaching change two years into The McCarthy Project™️. Either way, he had every chance of supporting McCarthy and refused to do so.
This was Jerry’s last scheduled appearance on The Fan as the season was officially over for the team, but since he is Jerry Jones he decided to speak up again. Just a week later, Jerry made a surprise appearance at the Cowboys’ home after it was announced that Dan Quinn would return as the team’s defensive coordinator. In addition to celebrating Quinn’s return, Jerry explained that he was deliberately vague regarding McCarthy’s employment status in order to increase his team’s chances of retaining Quinn. Seriously.
Jerry Jones tries to say he never definitely said Mike McCarthy would be back for another season as Cowboys head coach last week because it was part of his plan to keep Dan Quinn in the staff.
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 28, 2022
More Jones to DMN: He again stressed that not offering public support for McCarthy was a strategic decision because he feared it could “sway the balance of relative interest in Dan.”
Quoted that Sean Payton, Jason Garrett and now Quinn stayed despite HC’s oops.
—David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) January 28, 2022
It was an incredibly poor strategy at best and actually a very public indication that Jerry isn’t exactly in love with Mike McCarthy. Hanging your head coach is not a sign of conviction and Jerry Jones literally said on the radio that he did it in order to keep someone who could very well replace McCarthy if things go wrong in 2022. Anyone in McCarthy’s shoes would understandably be upset. .
Plus, beyond the Dan Quinn of it all, Sean Payton became a factor when he retired from coaching the New Orleans Saints under the impression that he would one day return to the game. training, maybe as early as 2023. Jerry kinda crushed any Payton ideas, but again offering any insinuation that he wasn’t head over heels in love with McCarthy, he brought a narrative to life according to which McCarthy is somewhat undesirable.
Mike McCarthy just did Jerry Jones the favor over the head coach’s controversial comments
Until Tuesday, all discussions here had been done by Jerry Jones (what a surprise!). Out of nowhere, Mike McCarthy made an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show and was pressed about this whole situation.
Surprisingly, McCarthy was pretty transparent. He talked about the narrative taking off and expressed some displeasure that the situation is what it is. He called it unusual. Welcome to the Dallas Cowboys.
McCarthy: “Are these stories unusual? Absolutely. I’ve never dealt with anything like this. Would I wish I didn’t have to come here and answer questions about this? something else, but it’s part of our landscape.” https://t.co/WPDEX7zN6B
-Shan Shariff (@1053SS) February 16, 2022
Today Mike McCarthy was interviewed by @richeisen about speculation that Dan Quinn might one day get his job. This quote is one of the most transparent things I’ve heard him say.
It’s also one of the most “Cowboys only” quotes I’ve heard in a long time. pic.twitter.com/90Su4rv0Bs
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 16, 2022
It’s more than fair to criticize Mike McCarthy for the end of last season. His team fell flat after falling apart in the second half of the season. To make matters worse, he has a group that seeks to make excuses by things like officiating before showing any responsibility, a disposition he himself exemplifies when behind a microphone.
As true as that sounds, it’s more than understandable that he’s irritated by what Jerry Jones has been saying in the media. He’s the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, not Dan Quinn or Sean Payton, and using him as some sort of puppet in a larger game is illogical and cruel.
What’s the endgame for Jerry here? To start a fire under McCarthy? Sounds like a lot of credit to give someone who is notoriously known for stirring the pot. McCarthy’s comments to Eisen on Tuesday show there’s a somewhat toxic situation unfolding that won’t go away throughout the upcoming 2022 season. McCarthy is destined to look over his shoulder at every turn, either his team’s defensive coordinator, potential legend Sean Payton lurking in the distance. It’s only so because Jerry Jones created it.
Some will watch McCarthy’s comments and applaud him for cheering and putting his foot down. Maybe that’s what he does. I hope that is the case.
But if McCarthy runs things the same way and lets everyone else run all the operations and just be some sort of figurehead, then how upset is he really? If McCarthy is really upset, now is the time for him to cash in on his Super Bowl titles and remind everyone he did what they didn’t.
His very future may depend on it.