The Dallas Cowboys surprised a lot of people when they announced that head coach Mike McCarthy would be returning to the team. McCarthy has been the team’s head coach for four seasons and has found plenty of success in the regular season. But, that only gets you so far with Jerry Jones, as he is looking for postseason success.
This year was as good of a chance as any that the Cowboys had to make a run at the Super Bowl. They were the No. 2 seed in the NFC, meaning they would avoid a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers until Championship Weekend. They would get home games at AT&T Stadium until then, but even that road proved not to be fruitful.
The Cowboys made some ugly history this season, as they became the first No. 2 seed to lose to a No. 7 seed since the NFL expanded the playoffs and added a third Wild Card team. The Green Bay Packers blew them out, 48-32. They are also the first team in NFL history to win 12 games in three consecutive seasons but fail to reach the Championship Game in any of them.
While they aren’t the sole reason for the NFC East not having a single-team advance despite multiple postseason participants, Dallas is also part of that ugly history. Along with the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFC East didn’t lead for a single second during Super Wild Card Weekend, becoming only the fifth instance a division had multiple representatives in the playoffs and not hold a lead going one-and-done.
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Despite people being down on the Cowboys right now, there are still some believers. One is former star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. During a recent segment of UNDISPUTED, he made a bold claim about the team’s future.
“I do see Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy winning a Super Bowl together,” said when debating with Skip Bayless, via UNDISPUTED’s X account.
That is certainly a hot take from Johnson, as the duo of McCarthy and Dak Prescott have shown zero signs of being capable of winning big games. Whenever they face an opponent in the upper echelon of the league or are on the biggest stages the NFL has to offer, they wilt.
McCarthy has proven capable of leading the team to regular season success, and Prescott has big numbers against inferior teams. But when the Cowboys need those two to step up their performance the most, they come up short.