Mike McCarthy: Cutting Dontari Poe gives multiple guys opportunities

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After the Cowboys released veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe this week, team owner Jerry Jones referenced Poe being 30 pounds overweight as being part of the evaluation that led to his departure.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy focused on other things when discussing Poe’s departure on Thursday. Specifically, he focused on giving other players chances to play and perhaps improve the league’s worst run defense.

“I mean really, my view is based on evaluation, going through everything each and every day,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “You look at all the variables involved in what it takes for players to be successful. But at the end of the day, we feel this decision gives a number of guys more opportunities. We want to feel the impact of particularly some of these young guys getting more snaps, so that’s the direction I’m going.”

Third-round pick Neville Gallimore is the young guy in line for a jump in playing time and anything he can do to help close some of the gaps up front will be much appreciated in Dallas.

7 responses to “Mike McCarthy: Cutting Dontari Poe gives multiple guys opportunities

  1. Seeing how Dontari Poe was brought in to eat up space as a run-stuffer, I think it’s fair to say that he did not really live up to his role!

  2. Anytime a team falls off a cliff like this ( Vikings are another example) veterans need to look out. This is a great opportunity to get younger, cheaper guys playing time and develop them without changing the outcome of the season. If you are older and have a large contract, time to call your agent and check in.

  3. I’m quite stunned at how bad the d-line has been. DeMarcus Lawrence was very good but needed someone opposite him, Robert Quinn did well last year but moved on.

    So this year they had Everson Griffin, Dontari Poe and Aldon Smith to go along with Lawrence. On paper and in the offseason this looks a very good group. Thought Smith would be the weakness as hes been away for so long but in the end it was the reverse as Smith was the best player.

    Stunned how badly they’ve been

  4. nknielsen says:
    October 30, 2020 at 7:48 am
    Seeing how Dontari Poe was brought in to eat up space as a run-stuffer, I think it’s fair to say that he did not really live up to his role!

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    Hard to run stuff being double teamed and the cupcake LBs can’t fill a hole but man can they run sideline to sideline .

  5. I remember reading comments how Dontari Poe was going to fill one of the missing pieces on defense. Oh well.

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