Mike McCarthy

The biggest blow the Dallas Cowboys received on Sunday was the news that quarterback Dak Prescott needs surgery to fix a thumb injury and will be out for several weeks. Unfortunately for the Cowboys and head coach Mike McCarthy, things weren’t going swimmingly before the injury.

Dallas kicked a field goal on the game’s opening drive and was shut out for the rest of the night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Cowboys 19-3 and looking at the stats, it’s not hard to see why. Dallas was outgained in total yards (347-244), passing yards (195-173) and rushing yards (152-71). While each team forced one turnover, the Cowboys committed 10 penalties for 73 yards. Tampa, meanwhile, committed five penalties for 25 yards.

McCarthy has long been one of the NFL’s most heavily criticized coaches. During and after Sunday night’s game, McCarthy’s critics were vocal.

Following last season, there was rampant speculation that the Cowboys would hire Sean Peyton. Team owner Jerry Jones eventually gave McCarthy his vote of confidence but took his time doing so.

This is McCarthy’s third season in Dallas. In the first year, Prescott played only five games and the Cowboys went 6-10. Conversely, Dak missed only one game in 2021 and Dallas won the NFC East, going 12-5. So, the injury to Prescott could potentially complicate how Jones judges his head coach.

But Sunday night was not a good start to the 2022 season for McCarthy or the Cowboys. With or without the starting quarterback, it’s hard to imagine McCarthy keeping his job if too many more of those occur.

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