Mike McCarthy will remain the Dallas Cowboys head coach for the 2024 NFL season, but the 60-year-old’s contract will not be extended, reports have indicated.
McCarthy is facing a big challenge next season after the team declined to extend his contract. After a crushing home defeat against the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs, many thought owner Jerry Jones would look for a new coach for 2024 and beyond.
However, last week, Jones announced that McCarthy will be back next season. But, ESPN reports that the 60-year-old won’t get an extension and will coach the Cowboys in 2024 on a contract that’s about to expire.
It seems McCarthy has one more chance to win the Super Bowl title that the team so badly wants – handing him the ultimate challenge to keep his job beyond next season.
McCarthy has racked up an impressive winning ratio of 62.7% from his 42-25 games as Cowboys head coach; no coach in franchise history has done better.
However, his magic touch seems to slip away when playoff season rolls around, only managing a 1-3 win-loss record over four seasons.
McCarthy’s contract is coming up for renewal next year, which might make it tricky if there’s any staff vacancies. It also remains to be seen how players may react if the team doesn’t perform up to expectation because of his contract status.
Under the leadership of McCarthy, Dallas has secured 12 wins for three consecutive seasons; only the iconic 1990s team managed this stretch of success before.
Yet, not making it to the conference championship is a bitter pill to swallow. Despite this setback, McCarthy believes he can bring home a championship ring.
Addressing the fans, McCarthy recently said:
“We have an unbelievable fan base, and they should be frustrated. We’re extremely disappointed.
“Disappointed for them. Disappointed in our performance. But my message would be this: We have established a championship program. It’s just not a world championship yet.
“We know how to win. We know how to train to win. We have the right people. But we have not crossed the threshold of winning playoff games.
“It’s extremely disappointing to be sitting here talking about. But I know how to win. We will get over that threshold. I have total confidence in that, and that’s why I’m standing here today.”
McCarthy went on:
“I came here to win a championship. I didn’t come here to get another contract or anything other than that. I came to Dallas to win a world championship.”
With only one season left, only time will tell if McCarthy can accomplish his goal.