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    REPORT: Mike McCarthy’s Job is Safe, but Change Coming on Defense?

    Yesterday morning it was reported that would not be losing his job this despite the team's poor performance in 2020. However, that same said change could be coming on and specifically when it comes to .

    This report came hours before the Cowboys' 30-7 blowout victory over the Cincinnati Bengals; just their fourth win in 13 games this season.

    The head coach's job security isn't that surprising. Between dealing with the pandemic in his first season and losing QB in Week 5, McCarthy has had plenty to overcome in making this transition after almost a decade of .

    However, one of McCarthy's decisions was bringing in Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator. As of today the Cowboys are ranked 23rd in overall defense and 32nd, dead last, in and points allowed.

    The hiring of Nolan has never pleased many Cowboys followers. He hasn't been a premiere defensive mind in the NFL since the early 2000s and even then was probably riding Marvin Lewis' coattails in Baltimore. His other stops as a head coach and DC throughout the years haven't been raging successes.

    But Nolan and McCarthy have going back to when Nolan was HC of the 49ers and hired McCarthy as his . And unfortunately, Nolan's hiring in Dallas has always felt more like a return of a favor than what was best for the Cowboys.

    The results speaks for themselves. Even with its weaknesses last year Dallas' defense was still 9th overall in yards allowed and 11th in scoring. There has been significant drop-off under Mike Nolan without much change in personnel.

    Between the 4-9 record, getting flexed out of primetime TV slots, and failing to take advantage one of the worst divisions in NFL history, the Dallas Cowboys definitely need some change. And based on the evidence, a new defensive coordinator is certainly warranted.

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    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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    CHIP DENTON

    Write a column on who you think the next defensive coordinator should be and why? In

    Gary b

    Whether Nolan got a fair shake or not this team needs a fresh voice on the defensive side. The defensive players (and the whole team for that matter) need to get the bad taste of 2020 out of their mouth, Everyone but Nolan needs to just reboot and come into next season with a clean slate and be ready to get to work. And in a perfect world ALL positions would be up for grabs, but in Coach Jerry’s world it doesn’t work that way.

    Gee

    Right

    Yuh

    Honestly thought Kris Richard should be DC. I know a lot of people would disagree but I felt Marinelli hamstrung him in his last year here.

    Christopher Williams

    Question is why in THE FRIDGE HE IS STILL THE DC??????

    Gary b

    I don’t think Jerry would do it, but personally would like to see Nolan fired today. Why wait? Other than the fact that after the season the pool of DCs will be better. Otherwise why not get a jump start on next season.

    Cowboy Fan Ed

    Change better be coming on defense or MM ‘s job won’t be safe for long!!