Despite all the offseason buzz, the Dallas Cowboys have quickly fallen south to start the 2020 season. The Cowboys have been significantly impacted by injuries while inconsistent play defensively has put the franchise in a troubling spot. Things have guided their way toward internal conflict becoming the conversation in Dallas around Mike McCarthy and the coaching staff. With that in mind, Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson didn’t hold back in his criticism toward the situation.
Cowboys players anonymously criticize coaches, Mike McCarthy
The 2020 season has quickly unraveled for the Dallas Cowboys after dropping four out of their first six games.
Injuries have ravaged the roster while their defensive woes have become quite challenging to ignore. Dallas is on pace to put together one of the worst defensive statistical campaigns in league history. These continued shortcomings led to reports surfacing that players were frustrated with the coaching staff.
Following the disappointing Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Jane Slater of the NFL Network reported that players were stating that the coaching staff was “totally unprepared” and “aren’t good at their jobs.”
These internal issues created added drama around the franchise that negatively dominated the headlines throughout this week. Head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the situation, stating that he has an open-door policy so that frustrated players can speak with him directly. Meanwhile, team owner Jerry Jones attempted to downplay the comments.
All that has led to former all-time great coach Jimmy Johnson to give his two cents on the matter.
Jimmy Johnson fires back at Cowboys players
The last several days have seen the Dallas Cowboys struggling to grasp the situation concerning their players’ internal criticism.
Hall of Fame head coach Jimmy Johnson has now weighed in on the matter, stating that the players who didn’t put their names to the comments should stay quiet and play.
“Total BS. If you’re not gonna put your name on in it, keep your mouth shut and play. You look at these defensive players, maybe they’re not quite as good as they think they are.”
Johnson isn’t one to bite his tongue on any matter concerning the franchise he coached to two Super Bowl wins. The biggest issue with these comments has been the lack of accreditation to who stated them. The situation creates additional conflict around the franchise that piles onto what has been a frustrating start to the 2020 season.
Beyond that, it further outlines the dysfunctional nature of the franchise that is starting spin out of control.
Still plenty of the 2020 season to play
Everything that could go wrong has for the Dallas Cowboys through the first six weeks of the 2020 season under Mike McCarthy.
Dallas has seen several prominent players such as Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins all lost for the season. The deck is stacked against the franchise, but the team still holds the opportunity to make a playoff push.
The Cowboys benefit greatly from playing in arguably the worst division in the league, which could play in their favor. The rest of the NFC East has struggled to find its footing to any stable degree. Andy Dalton may not have seen his first start go as hoped, but Dallas still possesses a strong group of skilled-position talent around him to find success.
However, their playoffs aspiration may ultimately lie with their defense needing to improve notably. Their play on that side of the ball has remained their Achilles heel to their sluggish start in 2020. With all these factors at play, only time will tell what the rest of the campaign entails for the Cowboys.