4 Head Coaches the Cowboys Can Target if Mike McCarthy is Fired

After an embarrassing playoff elimination, Mike McCarthy's future in Dallas is up in the air. If he's fired, the Cowboys must consider these four head coach candidates.
Bill Belichick is one of four head coaches the Dallas Cowboys should hire if Mike McCarthy is fired.
Bill Belichick is one of four head coaches the Dallas Cowboys should hire if Mike McCarthy is fired. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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NFL Super Wild Card Weekend could not have gone worse for the Dallas Cowboys. Despite being one of the Super Bowl favorites and boasting one of the franchise's best rosters over the last few decades, the Cowboys experienced another one-and-done exit with a 48-32 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

After that debacle, it isn't surprising to wonder where head coach Mike McCarthy stands with the franchise. While his 70.6% winning percentage since the start of 2021 ranks second-best in the NFL, a 1-3 record over the last three postseasons indicates that changes might be on the horizon.

If the Cowboys wind up firing McCarthy following the latest playoff exit, they must target these four head coach candidates to help turn things around.

1. Bill Belichick

Chances are that when you opened this article, you probably figured that Bill Belichick's name would be on the list. After all, the 71-year-old gridiron guru parted ways with the New England Patriots last week following 24 seasons and six Super Bowl rings with the franchise.

It wouldn't be surprising if Belichick was at the top of Jerry Jones' candidate list. The Cowboys' championship drought is closing in on 30 years, so who better to turn things around than, arguably, the greatest coach in NFL history?

Belichick might not have had much success since Tom Brady left New England, but a lack of talent wouldn't be an issue in Dallas. The Cowboys boast superstar-level players like Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, Micah Parsons, DaRon Bland, Zack Martin, and more, meaning Belichick would have one of the most talented rosters he's ever had.

Besides, a lot of Belichick's issues with the Patriots resulted from his having too many responsibilities. With Jones and vice president of player personnel Will McClay running the show in the Lone Star State, Belichick wouldn't have to worry about general manager duties and could instead focus on what he does best: coaching.

If the Cowboys want to finally put an end to their Super Bowl curse, Belichick might give them their best odds to do so.