Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse was among the players most visibly distraught following Sunday’s Divisional Round loss to the 49ers. Kearse was choked up in the locker room postgame and emotional reflecting on what could have been, and how many injuries he battled through to help the team win.
Kearse realizes the Cowboys had the talent at their disposal to win a championship, and that the roster will look different next year. With all the speculation surrounding the futures of Mike McCarthy, Dan Quinn, and Kellen Moore, chances are the coaching staff has some new faces by the offseason program.
In terms of McCarty’s future with the organization, Jerry Jones — somewhat emphatically — ensured the head coach will be back in 2023.
That hasn’t stopped the general media from debating whether McCarthy should return for a fourth season, however.
While most folks are of the understanding that McCarthy is the best guy available for the job, ESPN front office executive and former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum believes Dallas should go in a different direction.
Jayron Kearse defends Mike McCarthy from Cowboys hater
"“In the last two years, they (the Cowboys) have 278 penalties, the most in the NFL, and they have 23 turnovers,” Tannenbaum said. “That’s not on Kellen Moore. That’s on the head coach, and if you’re trying to narrow the gap between Philadelphia and San Francisco, I would star at the head coach and bring somebody in that will have a lot more discipline.”"
That entire clip is hilarious and proves Tannenbaum is a hater. He fixated on penalties and turnovers (a lot of which were on Dak Prescott, by the way) and blatantly ignored the fact that McCarthy’s instilled a winning culture that eluded the Cowboys under the previous regime.
We mean no disrespect to Jason Garrett, but his Cowboys teams were impossible to predict year-to-year. McCarthy has won regardless of whether Prescott’s been under center, and he just won a playoff game. The idea that coaches who get their teams to the playoffs should be on the hot seat is preposterous.
You know who agrees with us? Jayron Kearse, who fired off an excellent tweet in response to Tannenbaum calling for McCarthy’s job.
That face is every Cowboys fan, and probably most of the players in the locker room who’ve stumbled across that clip.
On a more serious note, Kearse’s tweet should communicate to the front office how players feel about McCarthy. Kearse is one of the biggest personalities and leaders in the locker room, and odds are a lot of his teammates feel similar in that McCarthy has done more than enough to return for another season.