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— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) May 27, 2021
Could the Mike McCarthy era in Dallas really burn out as quickly as it started? Recent betting reports have him on the hot seat, listing the Cowboys head coach as the odds-on favorite to be fired in 2021.
Given the Cowboys’ seemingly steadfast commitment to him, and how much rope they typically give coaches, it would be surprising to see McCarthy get the quick hook. But without the excuses that torpedoed his first season, if things go very wrong for Dallas in 2021, McCarthy certainly could be shown the door.
But even if things got to that point, the direction the Cowboys would choose to go post-McCarthy will shape how they navigate their current competitive window, which looks very different compared to how it seemed in the recent past. What options might be on the 2022 coaching carousel, and who might Dallas low-key have their eye on as potential McCarthy replacements?