1. Mike McCarthy, HC
McCarthy joined the hot seat party the second Dallas dismissed Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator. Taking over the full reins of the offense, McCarthy is going to either sink or swim as Cowboys head coach on his own terms after the team crashed out of the Divisional Round against the 49ers.
Whether McCarthy deserves to be on the proverbial hot seat makes for a fun conversation, but you have to think ownership has set an appearance in the NFC Championship Game next season as the baseline for McCarthy to keep his job in 2024.
Fair or not, McCarthy may be coaching for his job in 2023. The former Super Bowl champ has exceeded expectations over his first three years, becoming the first Cowboys head coach to lead the team to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since Chain Gailey in 1998-99.
Further, Dallas is 24-10 in the last two years under McCarthy’s tutelage, and he’s an impressive 5-1 in games without Dak Prescott.
With all that said, McCarthy was hired to take the Cowboys to the elusive promised land. If he doesn’t make it to Conference Championship Weekend, Dallas could be searching for a new head coach by next January.