In a year with a lot of pretty bad NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys may be the most disappointing in the entire league. Mike McCarthy's team is just 2-5, struggling to gain a foothold in a horrid NFC East.
Heading into the year, the Cowboys had serious Super Bowl hype. Quarterback Dak Prescott was set to play for a huge contract, and the team continued to surround him with talent, adding first-round wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Obviously, Prescott's devastating injury is a major setback, but things were already heading in a poor direction before that.
The team signed Andy Dalton to be the best possible backup quarterback heading into the year. He's been incredibly disappointing. After guiding Dallas to a 37-34 win over the struggling New York Giants in the game that Prescott got hurt, Dalton is 0-2 as a starter. The Cowboys were outscored 63-13 combined in losses to the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Football Team. Dalton was knocked out of the last game with a concussion, so Ben DiNucci had to take over.
Now, there are questions about Mike McCarthy's long term future with the team. The former Green Bay Packers head coach has no been impressive at all so far this year. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones isn't entertaining those ideas though, he said in a recent radio spot.
Those comments follow similar ones by his son Stephen Jones. "I know we’ve got the right head guy for the job," he said on 105.3 The Fan. "These things just take time. I know our fans are frustrated. We certainly understand the criticism that’s come our way. But we’ve got to go to work.”
The criticism of McCarthy is growing, though. Stephen A. Smith said that McCarthy is "clearly" not the right coach for Dallas on Monday's First Take, while ESPN's Dan Graziano predicted that he will be out after just one year.
With Prescott out, the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl aspirations for this season are probably out the window. The team is still in win-now mode after this year, which invites the question of whether the team should move on from McCarthy after this year.