Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has blatantly expressed that he’s not the biggest fan of the media, and he’s definitely not a fan of the unnecessary drama (which doesn’t bode well given Jerry Jones owns the team he coaches).
A lot of times, McCarthy will give the most straightforward and non-fancy answers to the same repetitive questions he gets week in and week out.
On Thursday, the head coach was asked something different than “when is Dak going to be back?” A reporter wanted to know if the Cowboys coach has ever used the point spread from the Las Vegas odds to motivate his guys.
McCarthy said he didn’t think he had, but that wasn’t the best part of the response. The coach asked what the spread was for this week. The reporter said 5.5 points and told McCarthy the Cowboys were the underdogs. The response was a “Mojo Moment” for the coach:
"“Good. Alright. Just wrote my Saturday night speech. I’m good… Nah. I’ll just say this: We’re nobody’s underdog. So, if you need a quote.”"
This was an epic response from McCarthy with a slight jab at the media for always needing a quote. This also directly parallels the lack of fear about being an underdog that Tank Lawrence had in the past.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy jokes with the media and says his team is “nobody’s underdog” after hearing the Week 5 spread
This marks the fourth time that the Cowboys are heading into a match-up as underdogs this season. Last week was the first week Dallas was favored, and it wasn’t by very much, meaning Cooper Rush and his squad have defied the underdog odds twice now.
While the Los Angeles Rams certainly have home-field advantage and are a formidable opponent, the Cowboys are on a three-game win streak and the reigning champs just lost in embarrassing fashion in primetime to their rival in the San Francisco 49ers.
The Rams are having serious offensive line issues and seem to only be using Cooper Kupp as a target. The former champs are currently 28th in the NFL in total offense and they are set to go up against one of the best defenses in the league. Plus, according to ESPN, the Dallas backup QB currently has the fourth-best QBR (73.9) out of all 32 starters.
The odds may be in the Rams’ favor, but that doesn’t seem to bother the man leading the Cowboys. He knows what he’s got.