Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave a cryptic answer on Sunday evening when he was asked about head coach Mike McCarthy’s job status.

“I don’t even want to discuss anything like that at this particular time,” said Jones after the Cowboys’ loss to the 49ers. “That’s not on the table. The game speaks for itself.”

The “that’s not on the table” comment from Jones seems to indicate that McCarthy is safe.

But things can quickly change in the NFL. Once the emotion from the loss settles, it’s possible that Jones could decide to make a change, considering the Cowboys’ continued lack of success in the playoffs.

On Monday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano wrote that he sees a scenario where Dallas decides to fire Jones and elevate defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to the head coaching job.

Here are Graziano’s comments:

There has been some chatter around the league in recent days, with Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in high demand for head-coaching interviews with other teams, that a first-round exit could lead Dallas to move on from McCarthy and elevate Quinn to head coach rather than lose him to the Broncos or someone else. Again, not saying this will happen, and I believe it’s more likely they stay the course. But it’s not inconceivable, and you could make a case that it’s justified.

Graziano admits that Dallas will likely stick with McCarthy, but this is a scenario that can’t be ruled out.

Cowboys players seem to love Quinn, so it would make sense if Jones decides to go this route.

Linebacker Micah Parsons made it clear after the loss on Sunday that he hopes Quinn is back in 2022.

It feels like the only way that Quinn is back in Dallas in 2022 is if he’s the head coach. He’s receiving a lot of interest for openings around the league.

Quinn joined the Cowboys’ staff before the 2021 season after six seasons as the Atlanta Falcons’ head coach. He took Atlanta to the Super Bowl in 2016 (they lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots).

If Dallas decides to make a move, it will likely be soon. We should have clarity on McCarthy’s job status in the coming days.

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