Hall of Famer Deion Sanders Calls out the Cowboys for Constantly Choking: ‘They’re Not Built for the Moment’

The fallout from the Dallas Cowboys‘ embarrassing home playoff loss has been brutal. There’s no way to tiptoe around that reality. Fans, former players, and analysts alike have all chimed in to comment on the team’s ugly finish. Many have criticized head coach Mike McCarthy and owner Jerry Jones, while plenty have gone after star players Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper.

Legendary Cowboys corner and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is just the latest individual to chime in on the team’s recent failure.

Deion Sanders blasts the 2021 Cowboys for choking

During a recent, exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated’s Bri Amaranthus, Sanders was asked about his former team’s ugly collapse. The Cowboys lost — at home — to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 23-17. Dallas couldn’t even take a final shot at the endzone due to a hilariously poorly executed QB draw.

Here’s what Sanders had to say on the matter.

“The city is better when the Cowboys are better. Everything is better when the Cowboys are winning,” Sanders told Bri Amaranthus in an exclusive visit with CowboysSI.com. “But they seem like they are always getting to the end and choke…”

“They just aren’t built for the moment,” Sanders said. “Back when the Cowboys were the Cowboys, you never doubted if Troy Aikman was going to show up. Or the offensive line, Emmitt (Smith), Michael (Irvin), Moose (Daryl Johnston), (Charles) Haley, (Tony) Tolbert, (Leon) Lett, Deion (Sanders) or (Darren) Woodson…

“…You don’t know what you are going to get, nowadays. You really don’t and that’s a problem.” 

Deion Sanders via Cowboy Maven (SI.com)

Clearly, Sanders isn’t a big believer in the Cowboys’ current core. Stating they “aren’t built for the moment” is a direct shot on their ability to win big games.

Who is Deion Sanders pointing blame at?

Sanders is upset with the current makeup of the Dallas Cowboys. However, the question is, who does he blame the most for the team’s recent string of failures?

Is he frustrated with the owner, Jerry Jones? What about second-year head coach Mike McCarthy?

Or could be this Sanders’ way of directing blame back toward the players. The Cowboys have some of the highest-paid players in the league. Yet, they’ve been unable to generate consistent success in the postseason.

What next for the Cowboys?

Former Cowboys DB Deion Sanders.
Deion Sanders | Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Aflac

After all the criticism the Cowboys have dealt with over the past several weeks, one can only assume the organization will look to implement changes in some shape or form this offseason.

Jerry Jones has already committed to the coaching trio of Mike McCarthy, Dan Quinn, and Kellen Moore. However, the same can’t be said for some of the team’s higher-paid players. Amari Cooper and Demarcus Lawrence have both been mentioned as possible cap casualties this offseason.

Regardless, it’s clear Cowboys Nation as a whole is beginning to get fed up with the constant playoff losses. They want wins, and they want them now.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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