When a group is successful, it’s all smiles and settlement within the clubhouse. But when a group loses loads, the camaraderie will get fractured.
The Dallas Cowboys have misplaced 5 video games, and fingers are pointing in all instructions as key gamers are being proven the door.
On Sunday, the Cowboys misplaced to the Washington Football Team, hardly a worldbeater, by the dispiriting rating of 25-3. Dallas (2-5) additionally misplaced its quarterback, Andy Dalton, to a concussion after a success within the third quarter. Dalton had been a substitute for Dak Prescott, who was knocked out for the season earlier this month with a fractured and dislocated ankle.
In the times after the loss, Dallas confirmed its willingness to maneuver gamers earlier than the Nov. 3 commerce deadline, offloading standout go rusher Everson Griffen to Detroit for a conditional choose within the 2021 draft on Tuesday and reportedly shopping other members of the group’s protection.
Coach Mike McCarthy insisted that the commerce was meant to create enjoying time for youthful members of the group, to not ship a message to a dejected roster. “They know clearly how I feel as far as the process of where the team needs to get to and how we’re going to do it,” McCarthy instructed reporters Wednesday.
The coach had taken challenge with his group’s nonreaction after Dalton acquired what many noticed as a grimy shoulder-to-helmet hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. While a number of gamers went to see if Dalton was OK, none confronted Bostic, who was subsequently ejected for the unlawful hit. “We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another,” McCarthy stated, in response to The Athletic. “It definitely was not the response you would expect.”
McCarthy isn’t the one member of the group to have gotten testy in regards to the group’s efficiency. Asked in regards to the group’s leaders throughout a radio interview on Tuesday, Cowboys proprietor and common supervisor Jerry Jones snapped on the hosts, “When I go into the locker room, there’s no leadership void in my eyes. Now, that’s your answer. Let’s move on.”
Cowboys gamers had been additionally in search of solutions after the sport.
“We need more belief and more high spirits around this team,” DeMarcus Lawrence, a defensive finish, instructed USA Today. “And really, more fight. That’s really, I feel like, one of our weaknesses. We need to build a stronger backbone, fight and also make sure that we brought everything possible to come out with a victory.”
Lawrence’s remarks adopted studies of dissension among the many group within the week main as much as the Washington loss. Players quoted anonymously by the NFL Network had been sharply essential of the teaching workers, calling into query their preparation and functionality to regulate.
Those reported remarks gained sufficient traction that the gamers and workers took pains to disavow them within the days main as much as the sport in opposition to Washington. “I don’t deal with all of that anonymous stuff,” linebacker Jaylon Smith instructed reporters. “If you got something to say, just put your name on it. All of that anonymous stuff is really trash to me.”
Standing up for teammates and having “backbone” is all nicely and good, however a much bigger cause the Cowboys are struggling is little question having misplaced the star quarterback Prescott, who threw for 450 or extra yards in every of the three video games earlier than the one in which he was injured. The group’s offense took one other steep downturn with the lack of Dalton this week, turning to Ben DiNucci, a rookie out of James Madison, to finish the sport.
Also contributing to the subpar season up to now: a group protection that charges useless final within the league and a star working again, Ezekiel Elliott, who’s averaging profession lows at 4.1 yards per rush and 6.4 yards per catch.
The low factors of Sunday’s sport had been quite a few. The Cowboys gave up a security, an all the time embarrassing play someway made much more embarrassing as a result of it was the primary rating of the sport for both group. In the top, Dallas managed simply 3 factors for the day, solely the second time since 2004 it has been held to such a low complete.
The Cowboys trailed in yards, 397-142, and first downs, 21-12. They had been 3 for 12 on third-down conversions and 0 for 1 on fourth down, when they mysteriously referred to as a passing play on fourth-and-1. Dalton was pressured and threw it incomplete by a substantial distance.
Dalton suffered a lot of the sport from mediocre go safety, an issue for Prescott earlier than he was injured, too.
As for DiNucci, it’s arduous to learn a lot into his 2 of three for 39 passing yards cameo. Dalton is for now listed as questionable for Week 8 with a concussion. The subsequent quarterback on the depth chart past DiNucci is Garrett Gilbert, who has performed for the Patriots, Rams, Panthers and Browns, throwing a complete of six passes.
A possible flash level within the misbegotten season is McCarthy, the previous Green Bay head coach who many Packers followers nonetheless blame for Aaron Rodgers having gained only one Super Bowl. Dallas employed him to educate over candidates that included Eric Bieniemy, the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs, who is usually cited as a top candidate for a head teaching job. The determination to go with McCarthy was criticized on the time it was made, and the second-guessing is prone to enhance.
But Dallas followers discover themselves in an odd state of affairs when it involves the top coach as scapegoat. For years, something that went mistaken was blamed on Jason Garrett, now the Giants offensive coordinator, and followers celebrated his dismissal. Now they may must acknowledge that the group’s issues are deeper.
Even at 2-5 the Cowboys nonetheless can win the woeful N.F.C. East. Indeed, they’re solely half a sport behind the Eagles — their opponent within the nationally televised Sunday evening sport — in a division which after seven weeks has produced simply two wins in opposition to groups not within the N.F.C. East.
But to take action, the Cowboys will have to discover a cheap reply at quarterback, enhance in quite a lot of other areas, and no less than mute the inner dissension. It stays to be seen if they will pull off that mixture.