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Who shall be the primary NFL head coach fired? Why Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy could get the axe first in 2022

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The Cowboys may look to drop the Mike in the course of the 2022 season.

The 2022 Dallas Cowboys must be good: They’re returning Dak Prescott, still have a reasonably good skill position group (despite moving on from Amari Cooper) and have a solid defense.

Nevertheless, the most important unknown surrounding the team is likely to be who’s calling plays.

Mike McCarthy’s job security has just about been under the microscope since he put pen to paper in Dallas. A few of that was due to the seemingly acrimonious split between he and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, while others forged aspersions over just how much of a contemporary coach he might be.

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With McCarthy entering his third yr for the win-now Cowboys, it could find yourself as a win-later team with a latest bench boss sooner or later in the approaching season.

Who shall be the primary coach fired?

Mike McCarthy may not sit atop the list, but he’s definitely near the highest of it.

Carolina head coach Matt Rhule might be the primary coach to get the axe this season if the Panthers stumble out of the gate, though a latest quarterback in Baker Mayfield may earn him a bit of bit more slack. The Panthers still have a top quality defense and are playing in a division that is likely to be a bit of bit more competitive in 2022, so 

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Also nearing the highest of the list, somewhat surprisingly, is Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll is entering his first Russell Wilson-free season, after the passer was sent off to Denver. Carroll could get the season, though, out of respect of what he’s done in Seattle.

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Mike McCarthy job security

McCarthy, though, could rest comfortably near the highest of those that could also be fired though, if Jerry Jones’ transparent preseason threat is any indication.

“Let me be real clear: He would not be sitting here today if I didn’t think he was the person to guide this team to a Super Bowl,” Jones said at the beginning of coaching camp.

He wouldn’t be, and I even have selections. That is not meant to be insensitive to anybody. That is a fact.

It may not necessarily but what McCarthy does that costs him his job — though, certain decisions during his first two years have not exactly inspired confidence — but who is on the market.

Whispers have oftentimes linked now (kind of) free agent head coach Sean Payton to the Cowboys job, as Payton and owner Jerry Jones are good friends. Those whispers have grown so loud that Jones commented on it earlier this offseason.

“Sean Payton shouldn’t be on the market,” Jones said. “For him, the Cowboys, that’s just sheer out of the air. It’s well-known we’re good friends and we expect loads of him as a head coach. But on this case, asking the way in which you’re asking, he shouldn’t be a conversation piece.”

McCarthy has also been aware of the Payton rumors, commenting on them in May.

“It is a narrative I don’t desire to be an element of,” McCarthy said. “I do not think anyone would wish to be an element of it, on either side of the fence.”

McCarthy also said that he has spoken with Jones in regards to the rumors and the duo paid it no mind.

“He addressed (the Payton rumors), we laughed about it, and moved on. That’s really where it’s.”

A disappointing end to the 2021 NFL season for Dallas result in some speculation that McCarthy’s standing in Dallas is less secure than perhaps he’d expected. That is no laughing matter.

This might be the make-or-break yr for McCarthy, and if that is the case, do not be surprised if a former Saint comes marching in.

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