Besides the list of known head coach vacancies at the start of the 2024 offseason, there were a few teams that NFL insiders believed could be looking for a replacement based on their heartbreaking performances in the playoffs.
Among those few discussed was the Dallas Cowboys, who went into the postseason as a favorite in the NFC, only to be blown out by the Green Bay Packers in the first round.
Because of that, and their lack of success beyond the regular season in recent years, Mike McCarthy's status became a topic of discussion. Team owner Jerry Jones has never been shy about his feelings regarding the Cowboys' success or lack thereof. So there was some chatter suggesting he may be looking to move on from the former longtime Packers coach after the latest loss.
Since it became a headline fixture after Wild Card Weekend, Jones was forced to respond to the rumors and shut down the idea of firing McCarthy, as he believes the team is not far from accomplishing their ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.
Despite that, there was a lot of debate about Bill Belichick landing in Dallas to replace McCarthy as soon as next season, especially since the ex-Patriots coach has a longstanding friendship with Jones.
But because Jones shut down the consideration of removing McCarthy from his position, the discussion about Belichick ended with it; until now.
Bill Belichick could become the Cowboys next head coach in 2025
Now that it seems clear Belichick won't be on any sideline for the 2024 NFL season, the assumption is he will wait it out and try again to find a head coaching gig next year. What teams will be looking for a new coach is impossible to predict a year in advance, but there will surely be plenty of turnover for him to explore his options.
And the Cowboys may be one of them.
Jones seemed to hint at that possibility recently when speaking to reporters this week. He was asked about any conversations he had with Belichick this offseason about him joining the Cowboys staff, which he would not comment on. But when asked what he admired most about the head coach, he made a comment that has generated even more speculation than before.
"I know him personally, and I like him. There's no doubt in my mind we could work together. None. None."
Considering that is quite a shift from the initial question, it's fair to read between the lines regarding what he is saying with this answer. It seems to most that he is implying the door is not shut on Belichick making his way down south at some point, perhaps even next season, which makes it seem as though the pair have discussed that possibility.
That could explain why the head coach is reportedly content with not landing a job for next season, which would make a lot of sense. But it would also mean hoping that the Cowboys will fail again next season to replace McCarthy, which isn't exactly the best mindset.
Regardless, it is definitely a situation worth monitoring over the next year.