Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones says Mike McCarthy ‘is the man’

By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author

OXNARD, Calif. – Jerry Jones has been studying the headlines, it appears. 

It should by no means come as a shock that the Dallas Cowboys‘ larger-than-life proprietor and common supervisor has one thing to say. 

However Tuesday morning, as his workforce kicked off one other coaching camp in Southern California, Jones had a laundry listing of issues to deal with, specifically a few of the most important storylines which have dogged the Cowboys by means of a forgettable offseason. 

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“I have never talked to y’all in a very long time. I’ve acquired some stuff saved up right here,” Jones quipped. 

Chief amongst these issues was the standing of head coach Mike McCarthy. Heading into 12 months three of his tenure after a disappointing exit from final 12 months’s playoffs, hypothesis has swirled round McCarthy all offseason that he may be teaching for his job in 2022. 

The subject clearly struck a nerve with Jones, who spent the primary couple of minutes of this introductory press convention backing his coach’s job safety. 

“I need to be actual clear: He would not be sitting right here at present if I did not assume he was the person to steer this workforce to a Tremendous Bowl — he wouldn’t be,” Jones stated. “And I’ve decisions.” 

That final bit is the explanation we acquired right here within the first place. McCarthy’s standing was referred to as into query means again in January when Jones, nonetheless seething from a wild-card loss to San Francisco, declined to touch upon the way forward for his teaching employees. He would later go on to make clear that his lack of transparency was a gambit to assist retain the surfaces of Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator. 

It is a purpose Jones managed to perform, although not with out placing McCarthy’s future — to not point out Quinn’s — into the information cycle. And that every one occurred earlier than Sean Payton’s retirement from the New Orleans Saints, thereby making certain the longtime coach’s identify will likely be perpetually linked to his former employers in Dallas. 

Evidently, Jones has seen. 

“You guys write about loads of these decisions, and so they had been there for me to make use of had I wished,” he stated. “And, no, the man to my proper is the man I am convicted about. (I) have been.” 

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Because the drawing energy of the Cowboys has taught us earlier than, that does not essentially imply the speak will go away. On the very least, it may be a welcome sentiment for the pinnacle coach. 

“It is an enormous problem to be a Dallas Cowboy,” McCarthy stated. “I feel now, being extra in tune with that, my each day focus is what impacts profitable, and that is actually the place I put my power and time into it. We perceive narratives, that is a part of the job and that is about so far as it goes with me.” 

McCarthy joked Tuesday morning that the introductory press convention was Jones’ time to shine. He wasn’t flawed. 

With the teaching hypothesis addressed, Jones additionally made certain to the touch on the Cowboys’ personnel losses this offseason. 

Typical knowledge locations Dallas’ roster a rung beneath final season’s squad, largely as a result of lack of three longtime starters in Amari Cooper, La’el Collins and Randy Gregory. And whereas Jones did not utter any of these three names, it was clear who he was speaking about when he stated his workforce had good causes for letting these veterans go away. 

“Extra necessary than something, these choices that we made — I made — relative to prime gamers not being right here had the whole lot to do with their availability and my concern about their availability,” he stated. 

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Level taken. Collins missed your complete 2020 season with a hip harm and was additionally suspended for 5 weeks final season, whereas Gregory’s historical past of NFL suspensions has pressured him to overlook dozens of video games through the years. 

Cooper solely missed two video games throughout his time with the Cowboys, however that absence was a results of contracting COVID-19 final fall — a proven fact that clearly aggravated workforce executives, as Cooper was unvaccinated. 

“These gamers had been within the prime 10 of our gamers that take advantage of cash,” Jones stated. “Whenever you get in that spot, I can let you know your requirements go up. Your bar is larger. Your conduct is larger. Your consideration to the workforce is larger — not simply your individual efficiency however the whole lot.” 

Of their place, the Cowboys have elevated an extended listing of promising however unproven gamers. 

Chief working officer Stephen Jones listed off names similar to CeeDee Lamb, in addition to rookies Tyler Smith and Sam Williams when speaking about methods they might see their roster enhance. 

Not finished talking his thoughts, Jerry Jones stated his workforce is healthier positioned than it was final summer season, forward of a run to a 12-5 report and an NFC East title. 

“I feel we’re in higher form at present to make a run at it than once we had been sitting right here at the moment final 12 months,” he stated. 

Clearly, the Cowboys are uninterested in studying different folks’s narratives. Now, it’s time to see whether or not theirs can stick.

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities, offering each day perception and evaluation on the NFL’s most seen franchise. Previous to becoming a member of FOX, David spent 9 seasons protecting the Cowboys for the workforce’s official web site, In 2018, he received a regional Emmy for his position in producing “Dak Prescott: A Household Reunion” concerning the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State.

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