The Dallas Cowboys stink. There are no other words to describe this team right now. From the coaching to the offense, defense, special teams, this team is a mess. I don’t see how this team can rebound a make a run, even in the weakest division in football.
It starts with coaching. I know Mike McCarthy is in his first year. I get that Dak Prescott was injured and lost for the season in the sixth game of the year, but I expected better coaching from a coach that many call one of the best coaches in football.
McCarthy is known for making at least one call during a game that leaves you scratching your head. In the game against Washington, McCarthy called for a fake point on fourth and ten, in their goal post’s shadows. The Cowboys lost yards and on the play. The play took too long to develop, fooling no one.
In his post-game press conference, McCarthy defended the call saying that he thought it was the right call at that point in the game. McCarthy is one coach who should get fired. You expect more from a coach that has a Super Bowl pedigree.
The Cowboys, although not Super Bowl contenders have more talent on the team than is reflected in their 3-8 record. His decision making has been horrendous, and he has this Cowboys team playing with no heart and no emotion.
Ezekiel Elliott is another reason that this Cowboys team will not turn their season around. Elliott can’t break tackles, can’t get the tough yards on short-yardage situations. Elliott fumbles the ball too much; yet, despite all this, Elliott is laughing all the way to the bank. He remains one of the highest-paid running backs in the league earning 15 million per season.
The defense can’t stop anyone. The Cowboys have the worst scoring defense in the league, giving up 31.6 points a game. The Cowboys were next to last in run defense before the game against Washington, giving up 153 yards per game. That was before Washington running back Antonio Gibson gashed them for 115 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys gave up a total of 182 yards on the ground against The Washington Football Team.
The Cowboys have five games left in the season. Three of those are on the road, and two are at home. Four of those games are against teams with sub .500 records. The Giants, Eagles, Bengals, 49ers, and the Ravens round out the Cowboys schedule.
On paper, you would think that the Cowboys could win at least two of those, possibly three. I don’t if anyone knows what to expect from the Cowboys the rest of the way. Here is what we do know:
- Ezekiel Elliott will continue to be the most over-rated and overpaid back in the NFL.
- Mike McCarthy will make at least one decision during every game that will cost the Cowboy’s field position or points on the scoreboard.
- The defense will continue to get gashed and play with no heart and no pride.
As a result, the Cowboys will finish last in the NFC East. There will be no run to win the division. It’s time to start thinking about 2021.