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Mike McCarthy: Cowboys’ Focus Is On “Winning Football Games,” Not Job Status

As one would expect for a 4-9 football team, speculation about the future of has already begun.

McCarthy was hired to replace former head man , who seemed to have a lifetime contract with the team at one point, with the goal being to bring winning back to America's Team.

Well…it hasn't gone great. Largely, but not totally, due to the Cowboys sit at 4-9, currently holding a top five draft pick for next Spring. It hasn't been pretty for McCarthy and company, but he's keeping his focus where it needs to be: on winning some games.

“We have, like all players and coaches do at this time of year, to focus on winning football games…That's really where the mindset is. I'm not really here to talk about speculation and those types of things, because nothing productive comes out of those conversations” – McCarthy told the media this week. 

With just three games remaining and a slim chance at sneaking into the postseason, it would be easy for the Cowboys to pack it in and run out the clock to end December.

At times this season, it looked like their planned to do just that. Dallas is 23rd in EPA allowed per play and 21st in dropback EPA per play, while ranking even in worse in the more traditional raw statistics.

There's no denying that has also been dealt a bad hand when it comes to personnel. Against the Bengals, four of the team's presumed top five cornerbacks from the were missing. And each week this team is at a severe talent disadvantage on the interior of the line.

Still the team's poor performance has Nolan on the , with it seeming like a foregone conclusion that he is heading for a firing in January.

Mike McCarthy, however, should be allowed to stick around a bit. After all he has shown some good signs. The Cowboys have become one of the most aggressive teams in the league on fourth down, for example, playing into both their offensive strength and modern analytical principles.

“I'm just thankful for the opportunity with and this great organization, and frankly, I'm focused on beating the 49ers” – McCarthy.

Sometimes, things have to get worse before they get better when you are looking to implement a culture change in the NFL. Hopefully for McCarthy and the Cowboys, that turnaround can start in 2021.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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