The tension is mounting with the Dallas Cowboys. After Monday night’s embarrassing home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Cowboys fell to 2-4 under first-year head coach Mike McCarthy. It was reported that players were blasting the coaching staff as locker-room tension built up. McCarthy responded to the report and said the players need to “handle things as men.”
Mike McCarthy is having a nightmare first season
The pieces were in place for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. The team made a move to try and get to the next level by firing longtime head coach Jason Garrett and replacing him with Mike McCarthy. McCarthy won a Super Bowl during his 13 years as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Offensively, the Cowboys were in great shape with Dak Prescott entering his fifth season as the starting quarterback. Prescott was playing for a long-term contract that he and the Cowboys couldn’t agree to in the offseason. Prescott suffered a devastating ankle injury in Week 5 and is lost for the season.
The Cowboys’ defense has been atrocious. The Cowboys have surrendered 34 points or more in each of their last five games. Dallas has given up 39.6 points per game during that stretch.
Dallas Cowboys players call out their coaches
The Dallas Cowboys locker room appears to be broken. NFL Network’s Jane Slater had a troubling report that said at least two Cowboys players blasted their coaching staff. Slater hinted that some of the Cowboys players are having a difficult time buying into the new system under these new coaches.
The tension hit a high after the Cowboys were embarrassed on Monday Night Football. Dallas fell to the Arizona Cardinals 38-10 at home and saw its record fall to 2-4. “This coaching staff is totally unprepared,” one of the players told Slater. “They don’t teach, they don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.”
Another anonymous player echoed the comment by blasting the coaching staff. “They just aren’t good at their jobs,” he said. Despite the tension, the 2-4 record, and the poor overall play, the Cowboys remain in first place in the woeful NFC East.
Mike McCarthy responds
Mike McCarthy said he hasn’t been involved in any of the conversations regarding the negativity of the coaching staff. The first-year Dallas Cowboys coach said he wishes his team would go to the coaches instead of the media if they have a problem.
“I haven’t been part of any of those type of discussions,” McCarthy said, according to NFL.com. “I think like a lot of things when you hit a part of your season or any challenge where there is negativity out there, where it comes from, and who it comes from, that’s something I’ve never chased. You do have to recognize it and I just really go back to my first meeting with the football team.
“I’ve always stated this to every team that I’ve coached. I think it’s important to handle things as men; if you do have something to say publicly that is of most importance, I think it’s important to say it to the individual. Particularly in a group dynamic, setting. Especially in the game of football, especially for the Dallas Cowboys. That’s all part of the development of our program, of the system we’re installing here.”