The Cowboys keeping Mike McCarthy as their coach for 2024 stunned NFL fans (and made Dallas fans livid)

Despite speculation to the contrary, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will officially be back for a fourth season after falling in the NFC wild-card round.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones confirmed on Wednesday night his decision to retain McCarthy for the last year of his contract, citing his regular season performance as a major motivator in keeping him.

Jones said he feels his franchise is “very close and capable” of winning a Super Bowl and that continuing with McCarthy is “the best step forward for us.”

The decision pushes away the idea that someone like Bill Belichick or Mike Vrabel could step in for Dallas after a McCarthy firing.

Cowboys’ owner and GM Jerry Jones on the decision to retain HC Mike McCarthy:

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2024

Cowboys fans really did not take kindly to news of McCarthy’s retention, while other NFL fans had very bewildered reactions as to why Jones didn’t make the hard call and find a new coach for his franchise.

All the same, the reactions were plentiful.


— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 18, 2024

As surprised about a (non) move as I’ve been in a while. Good luck selling this to Cowboys fans for another season.

— kenny g. (@Gritz_Blitz) January 18, 2024

Dallas is making the classic mistake… to fix a problem you have to admit there IS a problem. Doing the same thing and expecting different results hardly ever works

— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 18, 2024

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