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What Next for the Dallas Cowboys?

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Another year has passed by in Jerry World as the Dallas Cowboys crashed out of the play-offs in very Dallas style with a QB draw play which bled the clock out.

It appears that Mike McCarthy and the rest of his main coaching staff will be remaining with Dallas as Dan Quinn has not taken up any potential Head Coach offers, while Kellen Moore is not expected to be handed the opportunity by another team.

While Dallas did finish the season as the number one offense in terms of points scored, yards gained on offense, and also saw their defense take major leaps in improvement, it was nowhere near good enough for a roster of such talent.

The Future of Mike McCarthy

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 16: head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after losing to the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

McCarthy has seemingly failed to deliver what he was brought into Dallas to do and that was to deliver a Super Bowl with star players such as Zack Martin, Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb that doesn’t appear to be too unreasonable.

Jones made it very clear after the Cowboys’ defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers that he was very annoyed with how the season finished and what went on at the end of the match.

While many Cowboys fans were angry at Mike McCarthy and questioned what he brought to the organization with Moore and Quinn leading offense and defense, it appeared pointless questioning his future, that was until Tuesday evening.

The news of Sean Payton stepping away from the New Orleans Saints perked up a lot of ears with fans and media craving and believing a return to Dallas could well be on the cards next off-season if McCarthy fails to deliver a significant Super Bowl push.

What to Do With Free Agents?

It’s not just the coaching department which is far from certain, but also a whole load of players who are set to be free agents such as Michael Gallup, Leighton Vander Esch, Randy Gregory, Dalton Schultz, Connor Williams, and Cedrick Wilson.

Gregory, while on his day can be one of the best defensive ends in the league, his injuries and likely astronomical re-signing fee make it seem like a shakeup could be in order on the defensive line.

That may be a shock and send a shiver down the spine of many Cowboy fans, but with Stephen Jones admitting that working within their cap space will be a challenge, Gregory may well end up at a different team next season.

The Cowboys had the luxury of being one of the best-stacked teams in the wide receiver position this season but with both Gallup and Wilson set to enter free agency that could change very quickly.

Big Decisions May Have to Be Made

Couple this with the fact Amari Cooper wasn’t happy with the number of targets he was receiving, the Cowboys could potentially use their star receiver in a trade if they wish to improve their offensive line which could ultimately help Ezekiel Elliott find some kind of good form.

Ultimately, what happens next for the Cowboys could be quite straightforward and not followed by any media frenzy or controversy with all coaching staff looking to remain and most key and big players still tied down for at least another year, but with Jerry Jones, you can never be too sure.

What we do know though, is that the future of the Dallas Cowboys is in the hands of McCarthy and his coaching staff who will surely be desperate to make amends for that dreadful QB draw play.

ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 16: A general view of AT&T Stadium is seen during the NFC Wild Card game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys on January 16, 2022, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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