Jerry Jones says Cowboys-Bucs duel outcome will NOT affect Mike McCarthy’s job security

Jerry Jones says the result of the Cowboys-Bucs wildcard match WILL NOT affect coach Mike McCarthy’s job security, but Stephen A. Smith claims the longtime owner is “lying” and he will be fired if Dallas loses

  • The Cowboys meet the Buccaneers in the final round of wildcards this Monday
  • According to Jerry Jones, Mike McCarthy’s job security will not be affected by the result
  • But Stephen A. Smith doesn’t believe the longtime Cowboys owner’s comments
  • Dallas hasn’t won the Super Bowl since 1996 but has gone 12-5 straight seasons
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Mike McCarthy’s job is safe regardless of how Dallas fares against the Bucs on Monday — but Stephen A. Smith doesn’t buy that.

McCarthy has led the Cowboys to straight 12-5 records with the fourth highest offense in the league (27.5 points per game) traveling to the Bucs in the wild card round.

And despite the team’s long wait for a title — or even a trip to the NFC Championship game — Jones said he won’t consider a head coach change if McCarthy oversees a second first-round exit.

Jerry Jones said Mike McCarthy's job is safe regardless of the outcome of the wild card round

Mike McCarthy has led the Cowboys to 12 straight seasons and won the division in 2021

Jerry Jones said Mike McCarthy’s job is safe regardless of the outcome of the wild card round

‘No. I don’t even want to… No. That’s it,” he said when asked by 105.3 The Fan in Dallas if the game could affect McCarthy’s job status.

“I don’t need to go into all the pros and cons. I have a lot more to rate Mike McCarthy than this playoff game.

While it could well be a moot point if Dallas wins, Smith didn’t think McCarthy’s job was as secure as Jones had suggested.

‘Jerry Jones is lying to you. He’s lying. [If] Mike McCarthy loses this game, Mike McCarthy gets fired. I don’t care what anyone says,” he said on First Take Monday.

“There’s no way Jerry Jones can invest that time, energy, passion and money into this franchise. [having] Witness what he just saw in the nation’s capital this past weekend.’

Smith was referring to the Cowboys’ 26-6 loss to the Commanders over the weekend, which included third-stringer Sam Howell at center as quarterback.

Despite that performance, McCarthy did indeed step into good territory in Dallas.

He is the first coach since the 1994/95 season to lead the team to 12 straight wins.

At the same time, the Cowboys have won just three playoff games in the past 25 years, most recently winning the Super Bowl in 1996.

And with that cloud hanging over the franchise, Smith believes Jones’ comments were less a statement of truth and more a tactical play by the longtime owner.

“Jerry Jones is just smart enough not to add fuel to that fire at this particular moment. Because pressure breaks pipes.’ he said.

The Cowboys play the Bucs at 8:15 ET.

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