No coach, no problem as Cowboys beat Saints two-game losing streak



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No coach, no problem as Cowboys beat Saints two-game losing streak

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarty admitted not being able to coach his team during Thursday Night Football was really tough for him. McCarthy tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend so he wasn't allowed to coach the Cowboys against the New Orleans Saints.

"It was rough, I'm not going to lie," McCarthy told ESPN via phone after the game. "I'm proud of the guys and how it all turned out, but I don't ever want to do this again." Still the Cowboys managed to win the game 27-17.

"Adversity win, ugly win, however, you want to define it, you have to have these wins, especially when you get to later in the year when you're playing teams that are trying to get in the playoffs or make a run," McCarthy said.

"This is a great experience for us. Let's face it, this is today's NFL. You've got to be able to win with change."

Dan Quinn coached the Cowboys to a win

In the absence of McCarty, Cowboys defensive coordinator Quinn did the playcalling duties.

"One thing you've heard me say before is I love doing hard things with a group of people, and this was one of those moments," said Quinn, who was the Atlanta Falcons' head coach for parts of six seasons and had a 2-3 record inside the Superdome.

"We got great people to get the job done. We wanted to make sure Mike and all the guys who missed, let them know we got their backs. So honestly, that was the only thing I was nervous about. I didn't want to let him down.

He's done a great job leading us, to how it's going to go down, the play style that we wanted. But it was just a cool win." Quinn coached the Cowboys to a win but he expressed hope McCarthy would return to their next game.

"I'm hopeful that you guys won't see me again and I'll be back on the top here hopefully by the next game and Mike will make all the progress that we need to have him back on the field and a lot of other guys too," Quinn said.

"We missed a number of guys today from the staff and a couple players as well, so hopefully this is hitting us with some time to see if we can get back and get back to our normalcy."