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Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy Positive for COVID, Will Miss Thursday’s Game

The Dallas Cowboys have had plenty of COVID issues on their roster and even coaching staff at times throughout 2021. Now they’ll have to play a game without Head Coach Mike McCarthy on the sideline as he’s tested positive and will miss Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

News of McCarthy’s status broke earlier today and it remains unclear how exactly the team will navigate things. Several assistant coaches were already in the COVID protocol and there’s concern that this outbreak could effect others before we get to Thursday night.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “Statement from Cowboys does not clarify who will handle coach Mike McCarthy’s game-day responsibilities. Team’s options depend on broader COVID-19 outlook, as daily testing continues. https://t.co/tCcnUtZHRy / Twitter”

Statement from Cowboys does not clarify who will handle coach Mike McCarthy’s game-day responsibilities. Team’s options depend on broader COVID-19 outlook, as daily testing continues. https://t.co/tCcnUtZHRy

Tom Pelissero on Twitter: “Statement from the #Cowboys on coach Mike McCarthy, who won’t be on the field for Thursday’s game in New Orleans because of COVID protocols. Assistant head coach Rob Davis is in line for a bigger role on game day, but sounds like it’ll be a group effort. pic.twitter.com/7OgxUHBb4w / Twitter”

Statement from the #Cowboys on coach Mike McCarthy, who won’t be on the field for Thursday’s game in New Orleans because of COVID protocols. Assistant head coach Rob Davis is in line for a bigger role on game day, but sounds like it’ll be a group effort. pic.twitter.com/7OgxUHBb4w

Todd Archer on Twitter: “Possibilities as interim head coach with Mike McCarthy out Thursday: Dan Quinn, John Fassel. Quinn was Atlanta’s head coach from 2015-20; Fassel was interim head coach for the Rams in 2016. / Twitter”

Possibilities as interim head coach with Mike McCarthy out Thursday: Dan Quinn, John Fassel. Quinn was Atlanta’s head coach from 2015-20; Fassel was interim head coach for the Rams in 2016.

Jori Epstein on Twitter: “Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy will miss Saints game due to COVID-19. Plan, per sources, is for assistant head coach Rob Davis to oversee staff. Coordinators Dan Quinn, Kellen Moore, John Fassel step up. McCarthy involved virtually.Latest for @usatodaysports:https://t.co/hAJUyCRxHu / Twitter”

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy will miss Saints game due to COVID-19. Plan, per sources, is for assistant head coach Rob Davis to oversee staff. Coordinators Dan Quinn, Kellen Moore, John Fassel step up. McCarthy involved virtually.Latest for @usatodaysports:https://t.co/hAJUyCRxHu

Based on pure experience, Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn makes the most sense after his six-year run as the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons. But the Cowboys may want to preserve stability where they can by keeping Quinn and Kellen Moore in their coordinator roles and using John Fassel or assistant Rob Davis in the big seat.

Thankfully, the fallout from this should be short-lived. Dallas gets a 10-day break between Thursday night in New Orleans and their Week 14 game against the Washington Football Team. McCarthy and other coaches currently in the protocol should be back by then.

We’ll soon see what impact Mike McCarthy’s absence has against the Saints.

What do you think?

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Written by Jess Haynie

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  1. Oh no, I am sure the game management will now be a disaster. Maybe we can get the co-star from the movie “Every which way but Loose” to handle the game day analytics….

  2. Dan Quinn will take over the head coaching duties for the saints game!! He mite be the best option to handle the responsibilities of the position, but I just worry that with him taking over that responsibility it’ll make our defense worse since he won’t be able put his full attention to the defense!! But who knows, maybe with him being on the side lines for this game will make our defense better!! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!!

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