Unnamed Cowboys call out new coaching staff

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The Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East. The way things are going, however, that won’t last.

Complicating matters is the fact that unnamed players are now venting to the NFL Network reporter who covers the team.

Here’s the tweet from NFLN’s Jane Slater: “Cowboys players initially bought into keeping things internal. Now as they sit 2-4 the discontent is leaking out. On the coaching staff ‘totally unprepared. They don’t teach. They don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.’ Another ‘they just aren’t good at their jobs.'”

Without knowing which players are saying these things, it’s hard to know whether to give these opinions any credence. And while the anonymous leaking of fact makes the media world go ’round, anonymous leaking of opinion can become a stickier wicket.

Given the way the team is playing, it’s clear that something is wrong. Either the players aren’t good enough or the coaches aren’t doing a good enough job with them.

In most teams, that dynamic would set up a potential battle between coach and G.M. to make their case to the owner as to who bears the blame for a bad team. In Dallas, the G.M. is the owner.

Which actually makes it useful for ownership to have anonymous players blaming the coaching, since that will tend to take attention away from the idea that ownership has not done a good enough job finding capable players.

104 responses to “Unnamed Cowboys call out new coaching staff

  1. A classic case of coach em’ down. I believe the players when I look at what is going on with the defense. They looks like the Keystone Cops in cleats.

  2. You know the whole game last night, Jerrah was dreaming about hiring Kingsbury, the dude who many said was a losing coach in college and didn’t deserve an NFL job. Instead, he had his slumber party with Mac, got high praise as this was a SB ready team, and…here you go.

    There was a recent article about nepotism with Scott Turner and between that and retreads in the NFL, you just can’t feel bad when it bites you like this.

  3. Why did the Cowboys hire McCarthy after is was obvious how much better the Packers were without him? So it’s not the coaches. It’s the owner. Dallas is becoming another Washington.

  4. Not surprised at all by this. This might escalate into a one-and-done deal for the whole staff. McCarthy has a good track record, but he’ll be held accountable for the decisions he made on the rest of the staff. I don’t think anyone thought that this team would be such a mess, but there are a lot of fans that are happy to see this because they hate the Cowboys. I’m not one of them, but I’ve disliked Jerry since day one. He reaps what he sows.

  5. It was Elliot blaming his two fumbles on the coaching staff not teaching him to hold on to the ball…. #jasonclapping

  6. As an Eagles fan I am LOVING that dumpster fire in Dallas…it’s almost enough to take my mind off of 1-4-1.

  7. To some of us that was clear before the season. At least one of us knew the Cowboys would be bad this season. Not THIS bad, but not a real contender either.

  8. Not a Cowboys fan, but this sounds more to me like a player with an ego that isn’t being stroked.

  9. The only reason GB squeaked out wins the last 3 years with McCarthy is because of Rodgers. He didn’t have 1 open receiver for 3 years. Unimaginative and unable to adjust are McCarthy’s calling cards.

  10. Until the media stops referring to “unnamed sources”, which is even more annoying than the overused pandemic statement; “out of an abundance of caution”, then this article is nothing more than another media person stirring the pot. Sports reporters are becoming, if they have not already become, the kings/queens of gossip. Their mantra: let’s throw some s$%t against the wall and see what sticks. Easy to do when they have no accountability. If it were not for these cowardly “unnamed sources”, they would likely not exist in their current form.

  11. Bottom line is the once herald offensive line is now no more.
    Zeke looks like any other back in the league and Dalton is not getting the time needed to complete passes downfield.
    This also means the defense is now often in poor field position and on the field far too long in games.
    They are gassed by the end of the game.
    That O-line of Dallas made them dangerous…. now 5hey are average or worse and it is making them look like every other bad team with the same problem.

  12. Jerruh won’t fire the coaches. He is more interested in having puppets as coaches instead of real coaches. No real coach is going to take a job in Dallas and have to deal with Jerruh’s meddling. Everyone was surprised when Parcells agreed to take that job. Ever since Parcells decided he’d had enough it’s been one “yes-man” after another. He can’t attract any good coaches and any good coach would have to be crazy to take that job because even if you do happen to succeed Jerruh will take credit for it then fire the coach the next year.

  13. Remember when McCarthy wanted to go to the Jets? Boy they dodged a bullet there!

    But seriously, this isn’t a surprise. McCarthy and staff won’t be changing anytime soon.

  14. The Cowboys lost their starting QB for who knows how long to a horrible fracture, and their star running back fumbled twice the other day. The problems with this team are not with the coaching. McCarthy is a Super Bowl winner.

  15. If they don’t fire Nolan, then they deserve the heat. This was on his resume when brought on board. The lack off-season is just amplifying their issues and he can’t adjust. These are historic numbers. As for the rest of the team, it just looks like they want out. I’d start moving some pieces off this team and reload. Without buy in and some pride, what’s to play for.

    It’s not surprising where they are at with the injuries. The style of the way they are getting there is what’s to be pointed at to hold them accountable.

  16. Without knowing which players are saying these things, it’s hard to know whether to give these opinions any credence…yet here we are.

  17. I must be blind, but I confess I did not anticipate this. I thought this might be a good match. I don’t fully understand the Cowboys train-wreck.

  18. Wow , I guess it’s hard to adjust to a new staff after the glory days of the Garret era. You remember , the always underachieving teams that made the playoffs an amazing 3 times in 10 yrs with a whopping 2 victories to show for it . In the same 10 year period the Giants won a Super Bowl along with 1 other playoff appearance . In comparison in 5 yrs the Eagles Doug Pederson made the playoffs 3 times winning a Super Bowl along with 1 other playoff win . Even the lowly Washington football team made the playoffs twice . The only constant for the last decade of Cowboy futility is the stable genius Jerrah Jones .

  19. Today would make the 12 day limitation to flex Sunday night games. I haven’t seen any move of a good game instead of the Eagles and Cowboys November 1st. That’s criminal. Any other team with these two teams records would have been flushed down the toilet to a 1:00 Sunday game televised only in their markets. I’m so sick of Dallas getting shoved down our throats on national TV games. Geez!!!

  20. So… It’s McCarthy’s fault that his QB broke his leg and his RB can’t hold on to the football?

  21. chaseutley says:
    October 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    I predict that zero Dallas Cowboys will go to the Pro Bowl, this year.

    Hahaha…I PROMISE that no player will go to the Pro Bowl this year.

  22. McCarthy’s only problem with the cowboys is that he doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers for a quarterback there.

  23. NBC is good at finding unnamed sources. Gives them a reason to publish stuff.

    Nothing to see here folks!

  24. It seems to me that Jerry Jones has done a fine job of getting talent to the Cowboys, and managing all the contractual and personnel issues around that. But the coaching….even when they have great talent, usually they don’t have coaches that know how to use it. Kellen Moore seems fascinated with the ‘modern offense / create match-ups’ crap, and even when he has had one of the best offensive lines in the league, unwilling to develop an offense that is strong and dominating…though he could have.

  25. You know Jimmy Johnson must sit on his boat in the FL Keys every Monday and just laugh his ass off.

    There is no need for any more proof that the Cowboys of the early 90’s were 100% his doing than yet another massively hyped, and massively underwhelming season for the Cowboys.

    Jerry and Johnson (Johnson delayed due to coronavirus) may both have Gold Jackets, but only one of them deserves it.

  26. dejadoh says:
    October 20, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Turnovers hurt. Cowboys need to run the ball more.
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    But it was the RB who fumbled 2x, and the line is decimated.

  27. You could see something was off in their very first game when McCarthy made that bad decision to pass up a tying field goal and go for it on 4th and 3. Not only a bad idea in general but the playcall was lousy–a horizontal pattern 1-yard pass that required the receiver to turn upfield and break a tackle in order to pick up the yardage needed. Who in his right mind dials up a play like that on 4th down?

  28. Maybe stop pretending that Jerrah assembled a Super Bowl calibre roster of talent there.

    He didn’t.

  29. Let’s review the end of last night’s game.

    1. Fourth and 10 at 40 yd line, down by 24, and coach tries a fg from 58 yds?

    2. Dallas fights like crazy to finally score a td, down by 21 with three minutes to go. odds of maybe a million to one to win,
    but when coach kicks through end zone, not on side effort, he simply told his beaten up players that he quit.

    3. Before the ball is snapped, in an obvious run situation, coach burns one of his final two time outs on defense?????

    4. Rather than call time out immediately at 2:44 to go, guaranteeing his team a chance to get ball back at two minute warning, coach lets ten seconds run off then calls time out. Why not let clock run once it is under 2:40 and use the time out to save the play?

    I think he has always been an idiot, but no one can intentionally botch the game management as outlined above. So what was discussed during the needless time outs? Did coach have a nephew with Drake on their fantasy football team?

    5. Right out of two minute warning, Dallas defense lets Drake run right up the field for easy touchdown. NFL insiders who have played at this level will tell you this was a giant middle finger to the coach.

  30. As to the decision to burn a time out on defense, outlined above, I omitted that the clock was already dead. this did not save any time.

  31. He butted heads with the only good coach they’ve had this century (Parcells), and then hired Wade Phillips, Garrett, and now McCarthy. Maybe the problem is the guy picking the coaches

  32. I honestly thought McCarthy would do well in Dallas.

    I honestly thought wrong.

    Jerrah just needs to offer Jimmy Johnson half the franchise to come back and coach.

  33. The Cowboys were overrated, but losing Dak is a killer. McCarthy didn’t have many good defenses in Green Bay after the Super Bowl in 2010, so I’m not surprised at what’s happening now.

  34. I remember when the 49ers had a similar problem: Ownership standing in the way of a football program. When the ownership steps aside and hires a great GM and coach, the team is generally better.

    The talent in Dallas is there, but so is Jerry. As long as Jerry is around, they’ll be the same dumpster fire of great talent and mediocre coaching.

  35. It’s almost like not having any real offseason was a terrible idea. None of the new coaches are doing well, and you can tell it’s because they had no prep time because a few veterans didn’t want preseason games.

  36. chaseutley says:
    October 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    I predict that zero Dallas Cowboys will go to the Pro Bowl, this year.

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    While i agree with your sentiment, noone is going to the prowbowl this year. It was cancelled.

  37. I’ll join that Eagles fan above who said he’s enjoying this, I am too. Maybe we can put on our Patriots and Eagles jerseys, sit on the couch and split a big bucket of popcorn while we watch the Cowboys (America’s Team!!) self destruct.

  38. Too much talent even with Dalton as QB. Cowboys will win the division and at least one playoff game. I suspect Cooper is the unnamed player.

  39. Maybe now we can get a break from this train wreck on National Broadcast games next year, they are not,I repeat not America’s Team

  40. The Cowboys were overrated, but losing Dak is a killer. McCarthy didn’t have many good defenses in Green Bay after the Super Bowl in 2010, so I’m not surprised at what’s happening now.
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    When McCarthy was in Green Bay the defense stunk, he left and the defense became better. Dallas has had a decent defense over the last few years but as soon as McCarthy shows up, the defense sucks. Green Bay during the McCarthy era had as many or more injured players as any team in the league. He leaves and Green Bay seems reasonably healthy. McCarthy shows up in Dallas and all of a sudden 1/2 the team is injured. Hmmm, what is the constant there?
    In McCarthy’s time as coach one hall of fame QB ended up hating the team, another hall of fame QB ended up shelved due to injury and now Dak is shelved due to injury. Sure, QB’s get hurt but why does McCarthy keep dialing up plays which expose their franchise QB’s?

  41. So what did Dallas do last year where this year is any different? Maybe its the players?????

  42. Look, as an Eagles fan I am bound by the football gods to Hate the Boys and to NEVER be a fan of them or their players (I was secretly Witten fan though) BUT..my Birds and the Boys have been straight wrecked by injuries (us even more then them if u can believe it)When we won in 2017, we had very few injuries. In today’s NFL you gave 12-15 teams that are playoff teams. THE HEALTHIEST team will win. If the Chiefs, Ravens,Packers, Saints ect had our injury report…they wouldn’t either. But players calling out coaches means disaster! As bad as both our teams are NOW..one if us will have a HOME PLAYOFF GAME..lol but true.

  43. mnpackfan says:
    October 20, 2020 at 6:25 pm
    Mike still has more rings than Zim ever will.

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    But… Zimmer has a ring, just not as a head coach.

  44. “Either the players aren’t good enough or the coaches aren’t doing a good enough job with them.”

    Both plus the ownership. So many people are starstruck. Overpaid and overrated. But stucats likes his team.

  45. Nothing can be considered real or serious this year. How can a new coach achieve anything without a real training camp and pre-season games?

    We will learn very little about teams until the NFL can resume normal operations.

  46. eagleswin says:
    October 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm
    chaseutley says:
    October 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    I predict that zero Dallas Cowboys will go to the Pro Bowl, this year.

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    While i agree with your sentiment, noone is going to the prowbowl this year. It was cancelled.

    Love this!!!

  47. Stop the presses!!!
    You mean Mike McCarthy isn’t good at adjustments, game plan and situational football??? Color me shocked

  48. I didnt read the previous 73 comments so im sure someone already pointed this out, but at some point there has to be some accountability. They said the same thing about the clapper the last 10 yrs. It was all his fault too.

  49. Switched back and forth between that lousy game and blazing saddles, blazing saddles was better.

  50. McCarthy isn’t the problem. Until this week, the offense did quite well. It’s the defense that’s terrible….worst in the league, and that is run by Nike Nolan.

  51. They should be looking at themselves. There wasn’t a whole lot of change in the players. Dallas, with Dak, has a heck of an offense, possibly one of the best in the league. The Dallas defense, however, is one of the worst. They should clean house of just about every defensive player after the season.

  52. The defense is all time brutal but NO team can anticipate its entire o-line going down so quickly. As a fan of the Giants whose team hasnt had a legt o-line for over a decade now, I feel your pain.

  53. the8man says:
    October 20, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    Nothing can be considered real or serious this year. How can a new coach achieve anything without a real training camp and pre-season games?

    We will learn very little about teams until the NFL can resume normal operations.
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    Drake running for 164 yards through the Cowboy’s defense was very real.

  54. shyts7 says:
    October 20, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    They should be looking at themselves. There wasn’t a whole lot of change in the players. Dallas, with Dak, has a heck of an offense, possibly one of the best in the league. The Dallas defense, however, is one of the worst. They should clean house of just about every defensive player after the season.
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    I hear this all the time, but I dont completely agree. Yes, the defense is bad, but dallas has something like 19 turnovers on offense in 6 games. Thats more than 3 per game.. I’ve watched most of their games and I’d guess that half of those turnovers happened on their own side of the field and their defense was put in a tough spot. They were stopping the cardinals on the first couple of drives until zeke started fumbling the game away. Those can kill the spirit of a team. So yes, their defense sucks, but their offense has been giving the opposing teams short fields every single week and needs to take some of the blame as well. The strength of the dallas defense is pass rush, but that is hard to do when the offense hands the ball away and they have to play catch up. Hard to pressure the qb when the other team is running the ball and trying to kill the clock.

  55. So…Jason Garrett is actually a really good coach to have gotten this team to 8 and 8.

  56. In interesting. McCarthy can’t win 10 or 11 games without Aaron Rogers pulling rabbits out of his hat on a weekly basis…
    Who woulda thunkit?

  57. When your starting QB goes down, you are fielding three 2nd/3rd stringers on your OF line, and your CB and Safeties are crap…Not sure it’s all on the coaches..Lack of backup talent (due to injury) is glaring!

  58. Gosh, it’s almost like coaches need an offseason and preseason games, especially when they’re dealing with turnover.

  59. I wish everyone would quit discussing how many yards the Dallas offense puts up. It isn’t a challenge to be a top five offense quantitively when falling behind by 28 its every week and playing the second half against bend but don’t break prevent defenses.

  60. “He butted heads with the only good coach they’ve had this century (Parcells)…”

    Sure, this is true. And I hate to acknowledge this, but Jones–not Parcells–was right!
    People forget that Parcels wanted to keep losing with a washed up Drew Bledsoe, and it was Jones who told the coach that as
    the team was losing with Bledsoe they would put the young qb out on the field and see if there was a future. The young qb was a fellow named Tony Romo, and there was indeed a future. Just not with Parcels who was stone cold wrong as to that confrontation.

  61. charliecharger says:
    October 20, 2020 at 4:28 pm
    Why did the Cowboys hire McCarthy after is was obvious how much better the Packers were without him? So it’s not the coaches. It’s the owner. Dallas is becoming another Washington.

    366 28 Rate This

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    Becoming? Jones and Snyder have been running neck and neck for 20 years.

  62. In the NFL, players play and coaches coach. When Players can not perform it is frustrating for coaches. When coaches botch up the very basics of game management, when teams come into games unprepared and face teams that are prepared it is very frustrating to players. Coaches have no choice but to take the high road as they don’t suit up. Players have the choice, they are in the trenches and if they feel like voicing the anonymous perspective they are going to do just that. There is always another team that needs a good player’s services.

  63. thisistheendifyouletit says:
    October 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm
    So…Jason Garrett is actually a really good coach to have gotten this team to 8 and 8.

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    Yeah.
    He’s turned the 1-5 Giants into an offensive juggernaut.

  64. Honestly it’s way too early to judge how the new coaching regime will work out. Anyone who was predicting that the cowboys were going to all of a sudden jump from mediocrity to greatness knows nothing about football. They have been a bad team for a long time now it will take a couple of years at least to change that. They play the worst division in football though so they always have a good chance of making the playoffs.

  65. Funny how most are giving Rodgers credit for all of Mc’s success, yet he looked pretty normal and average this past weekend…Rodgers became a HOF QB due in large part to coaching, not in spite of it – credit is due to Mc for forcing the change from Favre to Rodgers.

  66. Mike McCarthy lined his pockets off of Bret and Aaron. Now stuck with the “red rocket” back to reality for coach Mike.

  67. It’s not the coaches fault the DB’s keep getting burnt. Not coaches fault interception are thrown or running backs fumbling the ball, players need to take accountability.

  68. The scary thing is that all of the injuries are going to mask the coaching issues and buy this staff another year. I just don’t see them being the answer. The coaches can’t even get their guys to do the fundamentals well. The attention to detail is horrible. I wonder if the coaches blame the players. Maybe covid has affected our nation in ways we can’t even imagine.

  69. After his history in Green Bay, it’s surprising the Cowboys and Joneses thought he was the best man for the job.

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