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The Dallas Cowboys are making the decision to retain head coach Mike McCarthy for a 5th season, despite Sunday's bitterly disappointing setback at the hands of his former team, the Green Bay Packers, at AT&T Stadium. The loss ensures that the Cowboys will have to endure yet another year of watching a team win the Super Bowl championship that has eluded them since their dynasty days of the 90s.
And team owner and general manager Jerry Jones has released a lengthy statement explaining his reasoning for keeping McCarthy in his role as coach:
"I believe this team is very close and capable of achieving our ultimate goals and the best step forward for us will be with Mike McCarthy as our head coach. There is great benefit to continuing the team's progress under Mike's leadership as our head coach. Specifically, there are many layers of success that have occurred this season as a result of Mike's approach to leading the team, both with individual players and with our team collectively. Mike has the highest regular season winning percentage of any head coach in Cowboys history and we will dedicate ourselves, in partnership with him, to translating that into reaching our post season goals. Certainly, Mike's career has demonstrated post season success at a high level, and we have great confidence that can continue.
Further, our loss on Sunday is shared by everyone here, not just Coach McCarthy. Our players. Our coaches. Our front office. Myself. There is accountability for our results. I am accountable for our results. The lens we use to view and evaluate Coach McCarthy is holistic. While we're all disappointed with the result on Sunday and with our playoff record, I am 100 percent supportive of him as our head coach and ability to reach our goals.
We will start our process of review and decision making regarding everything that impacts our team and roster and, while we're not going to address specific players and extensions or free agents at this point, it deserves our deepest review and consideration, and it will get it."