“I know how to win.”
Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday issued a strong statement on his qualifications for retaining his job, even as he said there are “no concerns” about his role for 2022.
"We had very positive conversations, he said when CowboysSI.com asked him about his Monday meeting with team owner Jerry Jones - and about wherever employment clarity might have emerged from it. “The focus is on the evaluation process.”
So, a non-issue?
“I don’t see it that way (as an issue),” he said. “I’m focused on the exit interview process.”
McCarthy is two years into his five-year contract as he comes off Sunday's Wild Card loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
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Speaking on 105.3 The Fan on Monday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said, "absolutely," and "very confident," when asked whether McCarthy would return for a third season.
McCarthy has an 18-15 regular-season record in two seasons, including a 12-5 mark in 2021 that saw the Cowboys win the NFC East; however, they were the only home team to lose in the first round of the playoffs.
After a 13-year run in Green Bay, McCarthy, who has a 143-92-2 regular-season record and 10-9 playoff mark, understands the speculation.
"I think for people in this profession, it's accepted," he said. "It's part of the job. I get that. I understand why you're asking the question. It's part of the job. You have a job to do, and I have a job to do here today in answering your questions appropriately and respectfully. But, yeah, I don't put a lot into it because I know personally what I put into this.
"I understand what goes on here every day. I know how to win. I know how to win in this league. I know how to win playoff games. I know how to win a championship. So I have great confidence in that. What we've built here in two seasons, I feel very good about, and I think with that you just stay true to that. The hard part is the personal. We all have kids, so that's the part that I don't like. I would hope people are respectful to that."
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