Mike McCarthy explains Cowboys’ decision to release Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy insists he has nothing but good to say of Jaylon Smith but added that releasing him will benefit the team in the long run.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys made a shocking move when they announced they were releasing Pro Bowl linebacker Smith.

The Cowboys used their first round pick in this past NFL draft to add Micah Parsons to their linebacking corps and the rookie linebacker has played lights out through the first four weeks of the season.

Smith started every game over the past three seasons but saw his playing time reduced this season after not playing so well in 2020.

“He played a lot of good football for us,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “In my time with him, he totally bought into the new direction of the program, everything we’ve done. The guy practices every single day, plays his ass off. I have nothing but respect for him.”

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