5 Cowboys Players Who Will Be Gone if Mike McCarthy is Fired

If HC Mike McCarthy is given the axe in Dallas following an early postseason exit, these five Cowboys players could find themselves playing elsewhere sooner than later.
RB Tony Pollard is one of five Cowboys players who could be gone if HC Mike McCarthy is fired.
RB Tony Pollard is one of five Cowboys players who could be gone if HC Mike McCarthy is fired. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl drought will continue for at least another year following Sunday's disastrous Wild Card loss to the Green Bay Packers. It's a feeling that the fanbase has grown too used to feeling over the last few decades, leaving time to tell if Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has finally had enough.

When it comes to the fallout surrounding Dallas' postseason exit, a lot of that discussion has to do with head coach Mike McCarthy. Although three consecutive 12-win regular seasons don't happen by sheer luck, a 1-3 record in the playoffs over the last three seasons has some Cowboys supporters calling for McCarthy's job.

If the 60-year-old bench boss is given the axe, you can expect a handful of players to follow him right out the door. Here's a look at five Cowboys who could be as good as gone if McCarthy is fired this offseason.

1. Tony Pollard, RB

The 2023 campaign was Tony Pollard's audition as the lead running back in Dallas following Ezekiel Elliott's exit. Fans were confident that the veteran rusher could handle the role after turning 232 touches (193 carries, 39 catches) into 1,378 scrimmage yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games with only four starts.

While Pollard still outperformed a good chunk of RBs around the league, his performance was still somewhat disappointing. Despite starting in all 17 regular season games and tallying a career-high 307 touches, the 26-year-old finished with fewer scrimmage yards (1,316) and TDs (6) than he did in 2022.

Additionally, he only tallied one 100-yard performance this season compared to the three he had last year.

With Pollard set to become a free agent and a new coach potentially wanting to start the backfield from scratch, there's a chance that the ex-Memphis Tiger might not be re-signed. That just might be the correct choice if the Cowboys would rather have a more well-rounded, bigger RB.