The Cowboys lost to the 49ers for their second straight postseason win. For the second straight postseason, the game ended in a questionable offensive decision from offensive expert manager Mike McCarthy. But Stanford’s curious efforts to organize a band-style play never even materialized.
Asked by reporters after the 19-12 loss if owner Jerry Jones would change anything about McCarthy’s condition, Jones said: “No. No, not at all.
Last year’s wild-card loss to the 49ers ended in a quarterback draw aimed at giving Dallas a realistic final shot in the end zone. However, this execution did not account for the fact that the umpire had to go past the quarterback and center to set the ball before it was snapped and spiked.
This year, McCarthy replaced Hail Mary (which was highly unlikely to succeed as the play started 76 yards from Paydart) in a unique formation intended to provoke a lateral parade at the running back. I had. Ezekiel Elliott Acting as a center, perhaps one of the men who gets the ball as part of a series of hot potato pitches.
However, Sieg was blown up and receiver Cavoonte Turpin was tackled almost immediately without a single lateral attempt. So no matter what it looked like on the whiteboard, it was a disaster in the field.
Beyond the design and execution of the final play, the failure of coaching and attention to detail occurred twice on the drive and was a tight end. Dalton Schultz I didn’t go out of bounds properly after making a catch, and I went out of bounds a bit too early before putting my second foot down after securing a reception.
Yes, it is the player who makes such mistakes. It’s also the coaching staff’s job to hammer these details into the players’ minds so that everything that needs to happen like clockwork happens when it all matters most.
Regardless, based on what Jones said after the game, McCarthy is entering his fourth season as the Cowboys’ coach.
The hallmark of Jerry Jones is that he supports his players and coaches completely, completely and unconditionally until the moment he no longer supports them. And that moment could theoretically come at any time.