After the Dallas Cowboys thumping at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, the drama within the locker room is heating up. Reports indicate that players are anonymously blasting new head coach Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff.
According to NFL Network’s Jane Slater, members of the Dallas Cowboys had originally been on board with McCarthy’s hiring in January. If a player had an issue, he simply kept it to himself, venting any frustration out on the field. That, however, is no longer the case.
One anonymous player told Slater that McCarthy’s coaching staff is “totally unprepared” and that “they don’t teach.” The player added that the coaches “don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.” Another player said, “they just aren’t good at their jobs.”
McCarthy replaced Cowboy’s longtime head coach Jason Garrett, bringing in two additional hires ahead of 2020 training camp. Mike Nolan was hired as the defensive coordinator and John Fassell was named special teams coordinator.
The Cardinals thumped the Cowboys 38-10 at AT&T Stadium — a game coach McCarthy felt his team was aptly prepared for. On the season, Dallas leads the NFL with 15 turnovers. The team has also given up 216 points — the most of any team through six games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.
After hearing the report that players were trashing his coaching staff, McCarthy said he wished his team had brought their issues to him rather than the media.
“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,” McCarthy said.
“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,” he added.
During Monday night’s blowout, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot had two fumbles and backup quarterback Andy Dalton threw two interceptions.
Despite the team’s offensive woes during primetime, it’s the defense that’s been the Cowboys’ Achilles heel. McCarthy, however, still believes his players are confident in Mike Nolan’s abilities as defensive coordinator.
“Definitely. It’s a change. This is something that we want to do defensively-wise. Frankly, we’re in the infant stages of it,” McCarthy said. “That’s part of these first-year challenges.”