Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is entering his third season with the team. To this point, he’s 18-15 as the team’s head coach, including a conference title and one playoff appearance. It’s largely underwhelming by the standard of the Cowboys organization, but it’s not entirely his fault.

To be fair to McCarthy, he lost his franchise QB Dak Prescott for the season in 2020 after only five games. Resulting in a nose-dive performance for the rest of that season.

It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys not being back-to-back NFC East Champions if fate hadn’t been in their favor. However, fate could once again be working against the Cowboys head coach, and it all started the second the season ended.

This off-season could very well be his last with the franchise. The front office hasn’t made any moves in free agency that would make it any easier for him. Losing a number of quality starters and rotational players. Even allowing other veterans to sign elsewhere.

To make matters worse, other coaches could be in the works to take over. Whether it’s in-house with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, or a familiar face in Sean Payton.

Even Jerry Jones is going so far as to have to give input to these rumors beyond the necessary. Saying things like “Mike knows that someday somebody other than him will be the coach of the Cowboys.”  or “If I didn’t have a coach, I would have been interviewing him for coach” to only complicate things further.

Now the gambling community is getting involved. Not only has BETMGM named McCarthy’s seat on the Dallas Cowboys one of the hottest in the league, but now there are actual ‘betting odds’.

Bet Online’s newest odds put him as the second most likely head coach to get axed in 2022:

  • Matt Rhule (CAR): +300
  • Mike McCarthy: +500
  • Pete Carroll (SEA): +600
  • Frank Reich (IND): +700
  • Ron Rivera (WAS): +800
  • Kevin Stefanski (CLE): 10/1
  • Dan Campbell (DET): 10/1
  • Kliff Kingsbury (AZ): 12/1
  • Mike Vrabel (TEN): 12/1
  • Robert Saleh (NYJ): 14/1
  • Arthur Smith (ATL): 14/1

What these numbers imply is that not only is McCarthy’s seat hot, but the front office is driving them up.

Not only are the wild rumors involving Payton and Quinn hurting, but the front office is being very odd in the way they express their belief’s in coach McCarthy. With very few moves indicating so.

Instead it implies the opposite, and a potential changing of the guard.

Regardless of whether it’s Payton, Quinn or possibly rumored to be Kellen Moore. McCarthy is facing the (betting) odds in an uphill battle, and not getting much help from the people in charge.

Time will tell how this coaching staff will look in 2023. Including who’s at the head of it. But based off everything that has happened since the end of the season, all bets are off.

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