NFL Insider: Cowboys Could Fire Mike McCarthy, Hire Bill Belichick

The Dallas Cowboys are in the playoffs for the third straight year under Mike McCarthy, but the team is being linked to a move for Bill Belichick. The former New England Patriots head coach is now available after he and the team parted ways on January 11.

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio suggested there is a very real chance Belichick’s future lies in Dallas. But it primarily rests on how much McCarthy succeeds in his third playoff campaign.

“It just makes too much sense. If Mike McCarthy makes the kind of bonehead mistake that we saw in the Week 17 game on Saturday night, throwing the ball on second-and-15 and giving the Lions enough time to drive down the field and score the touchdown … That’s the kind of thing that if he does it in the playoffs and they lose, he’s done,” Florio said on 105.3 The Fan. “Quite possibly. Based upon what Jerry [Jones] has said and the availability of Bill Belichick, it’s quite possibly going to be the end for Mike McCarthy because there is a clear opportunity to upgrade to a guy to give Jerry what he’s been chasing since 1995.”

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