The Dallas Cowboys did the unthinkable. Not only did they lose to the Packers, the youngest team in the NFL, but they were beaten into submission in front of their home fans. They trailed by as much as 27-0 in the first half and 41-16 late in the third quarter.
Jerry Jones didn't state whether he'd relieve Mike McCarthy of is duties as head coach, but we're hard-pressed to think he doesn't make a change. This is a world-class hiring cycle in terms of available coaches, including six-time Super Bowl champ and the greatest head coach of all-time in Bill Belichick.
Belichick's resume speaks for itself, but there are myriad high-level candidates available. Even though the Jonses are close with Belichick, this offseason shouldn't be Belichick or bust if McCarthy is handed the pink slip.
Let's explore some options who'd actually be better hires than the Patriots legend.
4. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan HC
The Cowboys need to move fast if they want to hire Jim Harbaugh. After leading Michigan to a national championship, Harbaugh is in Los Angeles on Monday to interview with the Chargers for their head coach vacancy.
Harbaugh might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he's won wherever he's coached, whether it be college or the NFL. He made Stanford a powerhouse. Since his departure, they've reverted back to irrelevancy. He also took the 49ers to the Super Bowl with suspect QB play and led Michigan to its first national title since 1997.
Harbaugh has long flirted with a return to the NFL. With the NCAA likely to be surveilling Harbaugh with a watchful eye in light of the school's sign-stealing allegations, and having led the Wolverines to the mountaintop, Harbaugh returning to the pro level feels inevitable.
He's 44-19 with a 5-3 playoff record in four seasons as an NFL head coach. And his offense's thrice finished top 11 in points scored per game with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick under center. Imagine what he can do with Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb.