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Mike McCarthy Gets “Dreaded Vote of Confidence” From Jones Family

The ' has been nothing short of a disaster thus far. Once the perceived upgrade from , 's job security is now being questioned after seven games about as heavily as Garrett's ever was. But over the last few days, Jerry and have used public forums to voice their confidence in the new .

Between Stephen on Monday and Jerry yesterday in separate media sessions, the Cowboys executives have laid down the classic “dreaded vote of confidence” in McCarthy.

The “dreaded” portion of that phrase comes from a long of examples in professional sports where ownership/management expressed support for the current head coach and then fired him shortly afterward.

The Cowboys have contributed to this track record. Some could argue it happened last year with Garrett; Jerry was adamant in his belief of Jason's ability but was also honest that the results would have to change. Garrett was fired after an 8-8 finish and missing the .

The more famous example comes from 2010 and the man that Jason replaced, . After an 0-2 start to the season, Jerry Jones expressed staunch confidence in Phillips:

“I can just give you a very affirmative ‘no.'”

“I do believe in Wade and the staff and the players. The thing about it is when you have that kind of commitment, one of the No. 1 things you have it for is those situations. Those people are supposed to really be there in hard times. Hard times. That's when you've got to make your best grade if you're deserving of that commitment and we're in hard times.”

“That's why I'm in the saddle with Wade and in the saddle with the staff and the team.”

Dallas would win their next game but then drop the next five. Wade was finally fired after the Cowboys fell to 1-7 with a blowout loss to the Packers.

Things aren't quite the same now for Mike McCarthy. Phillips was in his fourth season as Cowboys coach and this is just McCarthy's first year. Mike's also had to perform under the unique challenges from and a horrible rash of to some of his key players.

But at the same time, prior to 2010, Phillips had taken Dallas to the playoffs twice and won the franchise's first playoff game since 1996. He had some equity with Jerry Jones that, so far, McCarthy has yet to earn.

Another huge difference between 2010 and now is that Jerry already had Jason Garrett in-house and ready to take over when he fired Wade. There's no indication that or any other has that same handpicked favor from Jerry.

Nevertheless, there is still a lot of season left to play and many opportunities for the team to keep disappointing its owner. If the frustration keeps growing, nothing is off the table given Jones' history with his head coaches.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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