Teaching moment for the endgame: less is more – Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com

Mike McCarthy held his end-of-season press conference and the Cowboys coach didn’t back down in his support for the controversial final play call.

“I mean, yeah, that’s really probably the only game I watched,” McCarthy said. “Talked with John Fassel as part of our game situation team and Kellen [Moore]. When you look at a normal clock game, 16 seconds is the threshold, but then there’s the tight clock game situation we were in. And when you’re trying to pass another, throw 40, 45 yards for the end game, because we’re in the last two-game streak. This is how we train it. That’s how we represent him every Friday and Saturday.

McCarthy said the Cowboys had enough time to run the play, but in hindsight he would likely change the distance Dak ran, which ended up being 17 yards.

“But as far as the draw, the execution, the only thing Dak and I talked about was limiting yards,” McCarthy said. “Cut it to 10 yards. That will probably be the change, the adjustment that we make.

McCarthy has tried to crush the idea that players aren’t allowed to spot the ball, which has been hotly debated in recent days. While the referee must touch the ball before it is broken, the players themselves can at least spot the ball.

“The center can spot the ball. The receiver can spot the ball,” McCarthy said. “So the fact that the opinion that you can’t spot the ball is not correct. So the center can spot the ball. Our guys are trained to spot the ball exactly like the referee spots it. You put the tip on the inside edge of the hash, and obviously the ref has to go in and all he has to do is touch it. We’re in a three-two-one situation, just throw the ball. obviously that didn’t happen then. As for Dak’s practice to get the ball back to Tyler [Biadasz], Tyler putting it on the hash mark, that part was intact. Obviously, we have to consider what happened there at the end of this piece.

Mike McCarthy on Cowboys 2022 outlook: ‘We’re not here to turn back the clock’ – Rob Goldberg, Bleacher Report

The Cowboys were as healthy and talented as any NFL Playoff team. That considered, they massively underperformed which resulted in the end of their season. But with so many free agents and so little available space, Mike McCarthy’s claim to be even better next year should draw quite a bit of scrutiny.

“We’re not here to turn back the clock,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

The Cowboys went 12-5 with an NFC East title before suffering a 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round. It’s still not enough to shake the coach’s confidence going forward.

“We are going to be better [in 2022]“, added McCarthy.

While long-term success is never guaranteed in the NFL, the Cowboys are in better shape than they were last year at this time after locking Dak Prescott on a long-term contract. Key players on both sides of the ball have already signed extensions, including Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins and DeMarcus Lawrence.

Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs and CeeDee Lamb are still on their rookie contracts and could continue to improve next season.

This professional opinion on Ezekiel Elliott’s injury is very concerning – Kenneath Teape, NFL Analysis.net

Ezekiel Elliott played most of the season with a torn PCL in his knee. Unsurprisingly, his production has fallen off a cliff and he’s averaged just under 3.5 yards per run the rest of the season. But while Elliott and McCarthy claim the injury was not going to get worse with playing and would not require surgery, a medical expert suggesting the injury could serve as a red flag for the running back star at the to come up.

Elliott struggled with nagging injuries that visibly undermined some of his athleticism and explosiveness. According to a sports orthopedic veteran, that could be so for Elliott for the foreseeable future with the Cowboys.

2022 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper’s mock draft helps Dallas Cowboys improve in first round – RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys

Is it too early for a dummy draft? Probably not since the offseason started earlier than expected for a Cowboys team facing big financial decisions this summer. Acquiring a very talented rookie defensive end in Travon Walker would be a great way to create some flexibility over other big-money talent, whether currently paid or about to be paid, down the line. defensive.

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Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

Dallas had a disappointing playoff run, but it still has plenty of young talent, led by rookie all-around linebacker Micah Parsons. The organization, however, has decisions pending on several free agents, including Randy Gregory, Dalton Schultz, Michael Gallup, Connor Williams, Leighton Vander Esch and Jayron Kearse. That means we’ll find out in March who the Cowboys have prioritized as guys to bring back and what positions will actually be needed by the time the draft rolls around in late April. However, every team covets top rushers.

Walker, who McShay recently called “one of the most underrated prospects in the class,” stands out every time I look at Georgia’s loaded defense. He can blast tackles at the point of attack and he has the physical traits to chase down ball carriers in the running game. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, he has some top-level versatility.

Updates: Moore and Dan Quinn interview with the Broncos – Nick Eatman, Rob Phillips and David Helman, DallasCowboys.com

Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn still have a series of interviews for head coaching positions in the league. The DallasCowboys.com team has the latest.

8 a.m. — Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn were interviewed separately for Denver’s head coaching vacancy on Tuesday, the Broncos announced.

This is the first known head coaching interview for Quinn and the second for Moore, who also had a virtual visit with the Jaguars. Other teams have asked to speak to both coaches for a head coaching role, including the Vikings and Dolphins, according to NFL Media and reports.

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