Jerry Jones Commits To Mike McCarthy For 2022, Squashes Sean Payton Rumors

Sean Payton is not bound for Dallas — at least not yet.

After stepping down as Saints head coach after 16 seasons Tuesday, the Cowboys seemed like an obvious landing spot. Payton quickly denied the rumors, saying he definitely wouldn’t be coaching in 2022. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has now put the kibosh on any speculation, committing to McCarthy for at least next season.

“He’s well aware of our relationship and long-term friendship with Payton,” Jones said Friday, via 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “I haven’t talked to Sean. I’m not part of any dialogue or any decision-making relative to him leaving New Orleans. My point is, we had our heads down, getting this staff in shape, particularly at the top, the coordinator level.”

McCarthy will return for his third season patrolling the sidelines of Jerry World, needing to win big to keep his job. Despite Dallas’ 12-5 record in 2021, once again, the Cowboys went home early. A 23-16 loss to the 49ers in the NFC Wild Card round meant it was the Cowboys’ 11th consecutive playoff appearance without reaching a conference championship game.

The defense, however, served as a bright spot in its first year under defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Dallas gave up just 21.1 PPG in 2021, after surrendering 29.6 in 2020. Quinn became sought after on the head coaching market, turning down offers to sign an extension with the Cowboys.

In the end, keeping continuity on the coaching staff was a big reason in retaining McCarthy.

“The idea of Mike twisting in the wind wasn’t the case at all,” Jones said. “We were trying to keep Dan Quinn and maintain continuity on the coaching staff.”

Jones will now have to do his best to keep offensive coordinator Kellen Moore in place, as his name is hot on the market as well. Moore has thus far interviewed for the Dolphins, Jaguars and Vikings.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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