Michael Irvin likes Mike McCarthy, but he would send him packing if the franchise could land a bigger name than him.
The Dallas Cowboys are still reeling after the team’s first-round flop against the visiting San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Wild-Card game on Sunday. The team hasn’t been this down since the Dez Bryant catch or non-catch against the Packers a few years ago.
Irvin wants Jerry Jones to pick up the phone and try to hire Sean Payton, Kyle Shanahan or Bill Belichick.
“Look at what we are in right now,” said the former Cowboy, who joined WGNO Sports on Wednesday over Zoom during a promotional press junket for Valirux progressive lens from Essilor USA. “Everybody gets through all these coaching changes – cycling them in and cycling them out – trying to find that guy.
“Now if you can get me Sean Payton?,” Irvin continued. “I’ll take Kyle Shannahan, Sean Payton, Bill Belichick. If you can get me any one of them, I’ll ship [Coach McCarthy’s] butt right on out of here right fast for one of them. Don’t just do it to do it. I’ll do it to get better.”
Dak Prescott completed just 53 percent of his passes for a quarterback rating of 69.3, while running back Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 31 yards. Even worse than that was CeeDee Lamb only having one catch the entire game.
During the game, the Cowboys set a franchise playoff record with 14 penalties. Irvin put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the marquee players.
“That’s the No. 1 rule,” Irvin explained. “Your stars gotta show up if you have a chance to advance.”
The Cowboys have won just four of 15 playoff games since their Super Bowl XXX win over Pittsburgh in January 1996. The team hasn’t even advanced to the NFC Championship game since that last title.