NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is many things, but he is also a Dallas Cowboys fan. As we saw last week, the Hall of Famer had to pay up after losing a bet to former 49ers defensive tackle Anthony “Spice” Adams when the Cowboys embarrassingly lost to San Francisco in Super Wild Card Weekend.
Shaq joins many in Cowboys Nation in feeling frustrating by what happened against the Niners and how the season went in general. Despite having a 12-5 season, the disastrous showing in the postseason has the sports world wondering if head coach Mike McCarthy should be on the hot seat.
Even though Dallas GM Jerry Jones initially hinted at McCarthy definitely keeping the job, he seemed to have different thoughts when talking to 105.3 The Fan the following week. When asked about the coaching staff, Jones said:
“I won’t get into any conversations that I’ve had with anybody relative to anything to do with staff. I’ve got a lot to think about regarding these coaches. I don’t want to wait until we’re sitting here with no season left to address things.”
So, who does O’Neal want to replace McCarthy? Cowboys legend, Hall of Famer, and two-time Super Bowl Champion Deion Sanders.
Cowboys fan Shaquille O’Neal says Deion Sanders should replace Mike McCarthy as head coach
For a guy known for his jokes and sense of humor, we can’t tell if O’Neal is serious about this proposition or not. But the disappointment in McCarthy is. And, there’s no denying that Sanders knows this organization very well.
Jones has told reporters that if he thought a change at any level would help the team, he’d do it. He’s mentioned he would change out the head coach for a guy like Bill Belichick. Well duh, Jerry. Any team would. But is Sanders a name big enough worth making that change?
The NFL Hall of Famer’s resume with Dallas is obviously impressive. He played with America’s Team from 1995-1999, where he earned four Pro Bowl selections and helped the Cowboys win a Super Bowl in 1996.
Now, the former Cowboy is the head coach of Jackson State University. In his second year with JSU, Sanders’ team had an impressive 11-2 record. His expertise has been integral to the program. But there’s obviously a huge difference between coaching in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and coaching in the NFL.
So why does Shaq want Sanders? Here’s what he said on a recent episode of The Big Podcast With Shaq:
“I’m putting this out right now. Deion Sanders is the next head coach for the Cowboys. Jerry Jones, this message is from Shaquille O’Neal Incorporated, Deion Sanders for the next coach to Cowboys. You want the Dallas back rocking. Bring Deion to the fold. Deion will hold those players accountable. Deion Sanders for the next Cowboys coach. Put it out, Tweet it, dammit. TikTok it, Instagram it, OnlyFans it, put it out.”
Do you think Sanders would be a good coaching option for Dallas? Or, is Shaq out of his mind?