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Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on the hot seat

Is he feeling the heat?

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It's going to be a critical year for Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, who is feeling pressure from the massive fan base as well as pundits to deliver postseason success. 

How much more rope does he have from the organization? While he's earned an endorsement from team owner and general manager Jerry Jones, another playoff failure could spell curtains on McCarthy's tenure with the Cowboys. 

According to USA Today Sports, McCarthy is one of a handful of NFL coaches who are on the hot seat. They wrote the following: 

"America’s Team has shown incremental improvement during McCarthy’s three years, from QB Dak Prescott’s injury-aborted 2020 to a wild-card loss in 2021 – albeit one that reflected poorly on the team’s situational awareness – to a wild-card blowout win in Tampa and subsequent divisional-round defeat at San Francisco last season. However McCarthy has assumed play-calling duties this year – the first time he’ll run an offense since 2018 in Green Bay – and that pretty squarely puts the spotlight on him and Prescott, whose contract runs two more years, particularly given how stout the Dallas defense has been lately. (And it remains to be seen how McCarthy’s "I want to run the damn ball" mantra dovetails with a backfield that doesn’t have a proven bell cow following the dismissal of Ezekiel Elliott.)"

Needless to say, this is going to be a very crucial campaign for McCarthy as they look to not only prove that last season's playoff victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn't a fluke, but that they have what it takes to advance further.

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Source: USA Today