Troy Aikman Blasts the Cowboys’ Poor Usage of Ceedee Lamb in Crushing Loss to the 49ers: ‘The Game Is Not That Difficult’

The Dallas Cowboys tragically laid an egg in their upset loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Mike McCarthy’s squad did not come to play, and it showed. Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Troy Aikman was displeased watching the game, especially seeing CeeDee Lamb play a minimal role. The Cowboys legend ripped the team for dropping the ball with one of its best players.

Troy Aikman rips Cowboys’ offensive scheme

Troy Aikman walks the field before a game; Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb warms up during a game
Hall of Famer Troy Aikman looks on before a game at Lambeau Field | Stacy Revere/Getty Images; CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys on the sideline during game against the Washington Football Team | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Troy Aikman was already upset that he didn’t get to call the Cowboys-49ers game. Dallas’ loss just made the day even more unbearable for the legendary quarterback.

Aikman watched as his former team folded under the pressure of the NFL playoffs. While he was disappointed with several things, he couldn’t seem to wrap his head around CeeDee Lamb’s role in the offense.

The former Cowboys signal-caller recently joined 96.7 The Ticket to discuss the loss. He voiced his displeasure with Dallas’ offensive scheme against San Francisco’s defense.

“They mixed in some coverage,” said Aikman. “But there was a lot of single coverage on CeeDee Lamb. Back when I was playing, and I hate going back to that. A lot of these offenses want to scheme things. The coordinators, it’s all about scheme. Rather than ‘This corner is playing soft. He’s scared to death.'”

Troy Aikman suggests the Cowboys should’ve taken advantage of the mismatches Lamb presents.

“Just run the route tree,” he added. “Run anything. You’re gonna complete the pass whenever you want. [Michael] Irvin would’ve had 10 catches at halftime if they played us the way they played CeeDee Lamb.”

CeeDee Lamb should’ve played a larger role against the 49ers

CeeDee Lamb finished the game with one reception for 21 yards on five targets from Dak Prescott. That’s completely unacceptable.

The Oklahoma product caught 79 passes for 1,102 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season. He’s arguably the best wide receiver on the team and one of the most gifted young pass-catchers in the NFL today.

Troy Aikman believes offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and head coach Mike McCarthy overthought things and tried to rely on scheme to beat the 49ers.

“The game is not that difficult,” Aikman said. “If I’ve got a great player at wide receiver, and a corner is playing him single coverage, throw him the ball. He’s gonna win most of the time. That’s what they do in Green Bay with Davante Adams.”

Lamb possesses game-breaking ability. Sure, Prescott targeted him five times. However, that won’t cut it in the postseason, as Dallas learned the hard way.

Cedrick Wilson had double the amount of targets CeeDee Lamb had (10). The recipe for success is to get the ball in the hands of your biggest playmakers, which the Cowboys failed to do.

There’s enough blame to go around after season ends in disappointment

The Dallas Cowboys’ hype train progressively built as the season went on. They finished with a 12-5 record, good for the NFC East crown. Still, it was reasonable to have reservations until they proved themselves in the playoffs.

The doubters probably felt vindicated watching Dallas fall to San Francisco. The 49ers appeared to be the team that wanted the win more from the opening kickoff. The Cowboys came out flat and never fully recovered.

So who’s most to blame for the inexplicable performance?

Well, there’s enough blame to go around. Head coach Mike McCarthy deserves blame because his team showed up unprepared. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore deserves blame for the scheme. As Troy Aikman suggested, CeeDee Lamb should’ve been more involved.

While the coaching staff deserves criticism, the players deserve just as much, if not more. The fans rushing into AT&T Stadium seemed more excited for the game than the actual players. Those suiting up have to execute regardless of how the coaches call the game. Dak Prescott didn’t play his best game, nor did cornerback Trevon Diggs. The list goes on.

The Cowboys folded under pressure. This was a massive loss, capping off another year of wasted potential.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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