The Cowboys seem to be in a lot of trouble. While Dak Prescott’s brutal, season-ending injury was out of anyone’s control it doesn’t take away from the fact that Dallas has started the season 2-4. The Cowboys’ defense is a complete disaster, the offense is turning the ball over left and right, and being embarrassed by the Cardinals on Monday Night Football certainly didn’t help anything.
While Dallas still leads the NFC East thanks to it being one of the worst divisions in the history of the NFL, some Cowboys’ players have reportedly voiced their frustrations with head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Jane Slater, Cowboys players are telling reporters that they feel the coaching staff is “unprepared” and “just aren’t good at their jobs.”
#Cowboys players initially bought into keeping things internal. Now as they sit 2-4 the discontent is leaking out. On the coaching staff “totally unprepared. They don’t teach. They don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.” Another “they just aren’t good at their jobs”
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) October 20, 2020
McCarthy responded to the report of his players throwing him under the bus on Tuesday. He shared that he hadn’t heard any discussions among players, but if the reports are true, it’s important to “handle things as men” in his opinion.
“Well, I mean, first off, I haven’t heard any of those type of discussions,” McCarthy said on a conference call with reporters. “I think like a lot of things when you hit a part of your season, or any challenge where there is negativity out there and where it comes from and who it comes from, that’s something that I’ve never chased. I think you do have to recognize it. I just really go back to my first meeting with the football team. I’ve always stated that . . . it’s important to handle things as men.
I mean, if you do have something to say publicly that is of most important, I think it’s important to say it to the individual, or particularly in a group dynamic setting, especially in the game of football, especially for the Dallas Cowboys. I mean, that’s all part of the development our program, of the system that we’ve got going here. I think that’s just part of our flight right now. We don’t like the way we played last night. We had some areas that we struggled strong in. It’s definitely not what we’re looking for.”
Six weeks into the season and Cowboys players are already leaking their frustrations about the new coaching staff to the media. Things could go from bad to worse in Dallas if things don’t change fast.
Next for the Cowboys is a meeting with Washington on Sunday afternoon, a game they desperately need to win.