Why does Stephen A. Smith say the Dallas Cowboys should’ve hired Bill Belichick as coach?

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Stephen A. Smith said the Dallas Cowboys made a major mistake in the offseason on “First Take” with Shannon Sharpe on Tuesday.

Smith, known in part for his humorous rants against the Cowboys, said the team should’ve hired ex-New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick instead of retaining Mike McCarthy.

“They should’ve hired Bill Belichick, this is exactly what I was talking about, It’s not just that he’s a six-time champion as a head coach,” said Smith, “It’s the Patriot mystique during all those years of success.”

Smith said Belichick had the cache and respect to change the culture in Dallas.

“It wasn’t about Mike McCarthy getting fired, it was about a six-time champion with a reputation that proceeded him that touched on all the points, all the deficiencies, that have plagued the Dallas Cowboys,” said Smith.

The absence of a voice like Belichick will lead to Cowboys to continue to have the cultural issues they’ve had according to Smith.

NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe instead focused on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who he said was the problem with the team’s culture.

“The coaches can’t coach because Jerry is the coach. Whatever Mike McCarthy says, whatever the D-Codrindator says, [players know] they can go upstairs to Jerry and override because he’s emasculated the head coach the coach is a coach in theory in title only,” said Sharpe.

The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing season that ended with a 48-32 upset loss to the Green Bay Packers at home in the NFL Wild Card round which Jones called one of the most disappointing defeats of his tenure.