Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has faced some speculation regarding his job security heading into the 2022 season, but he has the support of his quarterback.
Dak Prescott was asked about the rumors surrounding McCarthy after Thursday's practice, and he told reporters: "Mike's my guy. That's the only thing that matters is this season."
The Cowboys hired McCarthy on a five-year deal in 2020. He's gone 18-15 in his first two seasons as the team's head coach. His first year was derailed when Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury in the fifth game of the season. In 2021, he coached Dallas to a 12-5 record and first-place finish in the NFC East, but the team disappointingly exited the playoffs in the wild-card round after a loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Earlier this week, McCarthy bristled at a question about being on the hot seat this season.
"It's irritating that the first question you ask me has nothing to do with how I do my job," McCarthy told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News (h/t NFL.com). "I show up every day for work to win a championship. How do we win today? That's what I'm asking. My viewpoint is it's not a story. It's a media-driven narrative, or at least a narrative driven outside my realm."
Despite McCarthy deflecting any feelings of pressure heading into this year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated that he has high expectations for the team in 2022.
"I want to be fair to everybody concerned. We need to be in the playoffs," Jones said Tuesday. "We need to be viable in the playoffs for it to be a successful season."
For the Cowboys to do that, McCarthy and Prescott will have to reach the level that led them to success last season. With Prescott voicing support for his coach, it appears that they're on the same page heading into the year.