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Bill Belichick and Jim Harbaugh’s names are already being floated as Mike McCarthy’s potential successor in Dallas following the Cowboys’ blowout playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
‘It’s an honor to welcome Jim Harbaugh as the new coach of the Dallas Cowboys,’ USA Today’s Mike Freeman joked on X. ‘Welcome, Jim.’
Freelance sportswriter Marcus Blumberg was quick to interject: ‘You spelled Bill Belichick wrong.’
Of course, McCarthy is still the Cowboys’ head coach for the time being, but Sunday marked the third consecutive year that a 12-5 Dallas season ended in playoff disappointment.
The Cowboys were dominated on both sides of the ball, while quarterback Dak Prescott tossed a pair of interceptions, prompting fan demands for his ouster as well.
Belichick and Harbaugh’s names are already being floated as McCarthy’s potential successor
Former New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick approaches a podium to face reporters
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh during a College Football National Championship press event
CBS Sports’ Andrew Perloff believes it will be Harbaugh – and not Belichick – who will ultimately be picked to replace McCarthy, who is finishing his fourth season in Dallas after winning a Super Bowl in Green Bay.
‘Figured Mike McCarthy was safe b/c I figured he’d lose to SF in NFC title game,’ Perloff wrote on X. ‘Now he’s history. Harbaugh has to be first call, not Belichick.’
Belichick, a six-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots, mutually agreed to part ways with New England owner Robert Kraft following the team’s 4-13 season.
However, he is believed to be interested in resuming his coaching career and passing the late Don Shula on the NFL’s all-time wins list.
Belichick is currently the betting favorite to replace McCarthy at 1/2, although ex-Titans coach Mike Vrabel (3/1) and Harbaugh (8/1) are also getting good odds.
Harbaugh is also entertaining other jobs following his recent success at Michigan.
A week after leading the Wolverines to a national title, Harbaugh will meet with the Los Angeles Chargers about their head coaching vacancy this week, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the person wasn’t at liberty to publicly discuss personnel moves.
Sports radio host Jim Rome joked about McCarthy’s preparation before the loss to the Packers
Harbaugh, who went 44-19-1 in four seasons as San Francisco’s coach and took the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, has a prior relationship with the Chargers and the Spanos family that owns it. He played quarterback for the Bolts from 1999-2000 before retiring after the 2001 season.
The Chargers are looking for a coach and general manager after Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco were fired on Dec. 15, a day after a 63-21 loss at Las Vegas.
While Harbaugh is exploring his NFL options, he also is considering staying at Michigan, a person familiar with his thinking told the AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions.
When asked about possible interest in the NFL and then about the Chargers during an availability at Disneyland before the Rose Bowl on December 27, Harbaugh gave the same answer to both questions.
Guitarist Stevie Van Zandt was one of many to joke that Belichick is on his way to Dallas
USA Today’s Mike Freeman believes it will be Jim Harbaugh who gets the Cowboys job
CBS Sports’ Andrew Perloff said the first call should go to Harbaugh and not Belichick
Harbaugh interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings two years ago and had discussions with the Broncos and Carolina Panthers last year.
Despite leading Michigan to its first national title since 1997, it was a frustrating year for Harbaugh. He was suspended for the first three games by the NCAA because the association concluded he misled investigators.
Harbaugh then was suspended for the final three regular-season games by the Big Ten over allegations of sign-stealing and in-person scouting.
Michigan has received a notice of allegations for NCAA violations related to recruiting during the pandemic.