The Green Bay Packers’ reign of domination was short-lived. Mike McCarthy’s team went from 13-3 and the second seed in the NFC to 3-6, with a loss to lowly Chicago Bears early last week. It seems like every other game we’re seeing blatant penalties committed by members of his coaching staff — no matter if they’re actually on defense or not
The “mike mccarthy” is a football coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He has been under fire recently for his poor response to penalty problems.
Blaming the referees grew popular after the Dallas Cowboys’ humiliating Thanksgiving Day defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders. There were a total of 28 penalties called (14 on each side), resulting in a messy visual experience.
After the defeat, almost everyone in the Cowboys organization had something to say about the refereeing. To this point, it’s been well-documented. The follow-up message from Dallas’ coaching staff, on the other hand, is the source of worry.
Whether they like it or not, the Cowboys have a penalty problem.
In the first quarter, the Cowboys had 60 penalty yards. That’s the most they’ve scored in the first quarter since Week 1 of 2002 against the Texans.
It’s the most any club has scored in the first quarter since 2018. pic.twitter.com/YcNuYjkk1g
November 25, 2021 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)
It’s ridiculous to call 28 penalties in a single game. The officiating team clearly could have done a better job. The Cowboys’ penalty problems, on the other hand, aren’t exactly new in Dallas. This was not the consequence of incompetent authorities at a remote location. Throughout the season, the Cowboys (particularly on defense) have seemed disorganized.
The Cowboys’ defense is first in penalties committed (90) and second in penalty yards allowed, according to Pro Football Reference (727). Sure, the 14 penalties and 166 penalty yards against Las Vegas account for a significant portion of these figures. Even if the Las Vegas penalties were taken from the total, the Cowboys would still rank in the top ten in both criteria.
The Cowboys have a penalty problem, whether they want to acknowledge it or not. Thanksgiving Day was only one example of it surfacing in a national context.
Mike McCarthy is stumped for ideas.
After the OT defeat, emotions were understandably running high in the Dallas locker room. Instead of accepting responsibility for a home defeat, everyone was eager to blame authorities or injuries.
What was most troubling, though, was Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy’s apparent anger when asked about the team’s penalty problems. Instead of addressing a lack of discipline issue, he seems to subscribe to the view that Dallas was screwed and abused by Las Vegas.
McCarthy said, “There are twenty-eight penalties.” “‘I’m not sure what you’re expecting me to say. Write whatever comes to mind. “I’m on board.”
McCarthy was agitated and emotional. But this isn’t the voice he needs to be using right now. His responsibility is to move ahead with the penalty concerns, not to whine to media about them.
The Cowboys must address their concerns as quickly as possible.
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The Cowboys seemed to be real NFC contenders just a few weeks ago. They’ve now lost three of their previous four games, allowing their NFC East opponents to take advantage.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins are each on a two-game winning run. They’re eager to take against Dallas for the NFC East title.
Moving ahead, the Cowboys must get healthier while also addressing the penalty problem. Mike McCarthy is the starting point. Instead of moaning to media about the flags, he has to come up with a meaningful strategy to address the issue in Week 13 and beyond. It’s difficult to picture the Cowboys winning the NFC East while having the most penalized defense in the league.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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