Wild rumor started by former Patriots quarterback is flustering Cowboys fans

Dec 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches
Dec 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe at this point, the rumors surrounding Bill Belichick's future seem to have gotten out of control. But this latest gossip, seemingly started by former Patriots quarterback turned Boston radio host Scott Zolak, may take the cake.

Earlier this week, while talking about the Patriots' season, Zolak causally mentioned some chatter he's been hearing connecting Belichick to the Dallas Cowboys. He claimed it has been repeatedly discussed by those around the team, saying it has become an assumption that most people believe will inevitably happen.

"I’m just saying, well, everybody assumes it. Everybody I talk to assumes it."

Since his take began making waves online, people have questioned the validity of it immediately, mainly because of the Cowboys' involvement. To date, they have not been a team that looks to be on the path to firing Mike McCarthy, nor has owner Jerry Jones hinted at the possibility.

In fact, he's remained complimentary of what the former longtime Packers coach has accomplished since arriving in 2020, and we know if Jones were not happy, we would have heard about it by now. That man loves any opportunity he can take to speak with the media.

But likely knowing that didn't deter Zolak from continuing with more details regarding the rumor, suggesting the chip are beginning to fall in Dallas and it would be the perfect place for Belichick to go given their roster.

"To me, it’s starting to shape up Dallas. You see the Dallas swoon starting to begin. They got their (bleep) kicked by Buffalo two days ago. Buffalo did what they wanted with them. You line it up, and you look at them; they got a big offensive line, a good running back, and a marquee quarterback. You got good receivers. You got good cover guys. You got Lawrence Taylor Jr. in No. 11 (Micah Parsons). You got a big defensive line and good safeties."

Other than not knowing what the future will hold for Belichick in New England despite the constant speculation that he will indeed be fired, Zolak's assertion that the Cowboys are a legitimate landing spot for the head coach seems outlandish. Rumors often are, but this one seems to have come out of nowhere.

The Cowboys are a playoff contender again this season and have accomplished one of the best records in the league. Given how the Eagles have played in recent weeks, it's possible that Dallas could snag the division title away from them in the season's final weeks.

So, what part of that provides any clue that Jones would be ready to move on from McCarthy already? This just feels like a wild take that we can cross off the list of possible legitimacy.

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