If the Cowboys are eliminated from the playoffs early, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, they might fire McCarthy and try to sign Sean Payton as their new head coach.
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, attempted to replace Payton with McCarthy in 2019 but was unsuccessful due to opposition from the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys would need to make up for losing Payton last time by paying New Orleans this time, probably with draught picks, but the route will be much less difficult now that the coach retired prior to the 2022 season.
In 2023, Payton is largely anticipated to make a comeback to an NFL sideline. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Payton has already started assembling a coaching staff, with former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio being mentioned as a prospective defensive coordinator. Schefter claimed that between 5-7 jobs are anticipated to be open, even if the coaching carousel may not be as lively as it was last season.
Over the course of 15 seasons in New Orleans, Payton had a record of 152-89, made the playoffs nine times, and won the Super Bowl XLIV. McCarthy will play in the playoffs for Dallas for the second time in a row, but if the team once again goes out in the first round, McCarthy’s patience may start to fray.
Fangio, 64, is now serving as a consultant with the 13-1 Philadelphia Eagles after being fired from his position as head coach of the Denver Broncos after a 19-30 record. The former “Dome Patrol” linebackers coach has years of experience working as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and as a seasoned coach who can control his side of the ball while Payton instals his offence, he would definitely be a good fit with Payton.
The fact that Payton appears to be coaching in the NFL next season, however, is the true story here. He expects to find a job he enjoys enough to stop his brief stint in TV work because he is seeing enough intriguing chances around the league, and he has already begun to lay the framework to locate one.