DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The speculation regarding Mike McCarthy's future as the Cowboys head coach persisted after his team's first-round playoff exit thanks to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' refusal to fully commit to him not once, but twice, and grew even louder after Saints coach Sean Payton walked away from his job this week. But those rumors can finally be silenced... for now.
According to Jori Epstein of USA Today Sports, the Cowboys have "assured" McCarthy multiple times since the season ended that he will be the team's head coach next season.
The team first assured him after the 23-17 wild-card loss to the 49ers and did so again after Payton announced his decision to step down.
Epstein's source, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, said that McCarthy has since been spending his time “focusing on exit interviews and evaluations of players and staff."
The good news for McCarthy is that he won't have to worry about finding his next defensive coordinator, as Dan Quinn will reportedly return to his role with the team next season after he was believed to be the leading candidate for the Broncos head coaching job before it went to Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett instead.