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Job security for Mike McCarthy after Dak Prescott's thumb injury

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Even before Jerry Jones told reporters that Dak Prescott was out for weeks with a broken thumb joint, the Cowboys were approaching the early stages of a potential, gawk-worthy spectacle. A classic cowboy thing we haven’t seen in years.

No one likes to inflate the sample size of one game, but in the age of Mike McCarthy, most convenient excuses have already been thrown out. Prescott’s injury in 2020 saw him miss his 11 games, buying him time. A change in defensive coordinator, who moved from Mike Nolan to Dan Quinn the following year, bought time. It was all somewhat dismissive and couchable as a sort of growing pains the team had to endure.