Stop me if you've heard this one before -- a young player is making a major prediction for next year after missing out on the playoffs entirely. It wasn't quite Joe Namath before Super Bowl III, but it sure is bold.
On Tuesday, 24-year-old Cowboys safety Xavier Woods picked Big D to make the Big Game in February 2021. Woods, coming off his third NFL season, went on FS1's "Undisputed" and insisted that the Boys will win next season's NFC title.
Dallas moved on from former head coach Jason Garrett following the end of the 2019 regular season. If the Cowboys are to make it to Tampa for Super Bowl LV Woods predicts, it will be under first-year head coach Mike McCarthy.
If they do reach the Super Bowl under McCarthy, it will be only the second time in NFL history that a head coach gets to play for the Lombardi Trophy in his first season with a team, making Woods' prediction that much more bold, the first being Jon Gruden with the Buccaneers 17 years ago. McCarthy would also become the first head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as the head coach of two different teams.
Woods was part of an under-performing Cowboys defense in 2019, one that was credited with much of team's shortcomings that led to the coaching change. Now, Woods and the defense will be following the lead of Saints linebackers coach and former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan as the team's new defensive coordinator. Hope will surely spring eternal when the Boys reconvene this summer for offeason workouts.