The call was considered controversial because it was hard to see what Gallup did wrong (video here). Even NBC’s announcing team disagreed with the call.
McCarthy on Monday talked about the play.
“It made me sick when I watched the TV copy. I thought Michael ran an excellent route. The DB attempted to clamp his arm, (Gallup) pulls his arm out and makes a catch,” McCarthy said via Jon Machota.
Referee Tony Corrente on Sunday defended the call.
Ref Tony Corrente on the OPI on Michael Gallup: “I can tell you it was clear and obvious on the field, of a hand into the opposing player. A full arm extension that created separation. In all situations that would be called. We’re not going to allow that at any time of the game.”
The Dallas Cowboys kick off their regular season in just five days, and Jerry Jones has yet to explicitly say whether he will change his policy on national anthem protests.
During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones once again spoke about the importance of players being able to express themselves but doing it in a “sensitive” manner. He also said it would be a “huge issue” if Cowboys fans turned away from the team over national anthem protests.
“That is a huge issue — huge,” Jones said. “You know by just the nature of the way that I run the team how much I appreciate the interest that’s in the Dallas Cowboys. Now I know there’s interest just because they want to see us get beat, but still the big interest is there. I’m very sensitive to that. That’s exactly why I’ve said that I want our players to be very sensitive to just how important it is to the majority of our fans, more than any other team, the majority of our fans how sensitive they are recognizing what this great country is and what this flag stands for.”
Jones did, however, once again hint that he will allow players to kneel.
“I would expect the Cowboys to show great sensitivity and I hope fans will receive it — however each individual presents it — that it’s a genuine ask for help,” he said. “Because right now in our society, we got some things we need to address.”
It’s hard to figure out exactly how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have in Earl Thomas, and that is clearly the way owner Jerry Jones wants it.
The Cowboys were mentioned as the favorite to sign Thomas as soon as he was released by the Baltimore Ravens. However, reports quickly indicated they are not planning to pursue the Pro Bowl safety. Jones seemed bothered by the fact that his team was no longer considered in the running, and he played coy once again when asked about the rumors on Tuesday.
Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan that the Cowboys haven’t had any discussions with Earl Thomas. “Certainly he’s an outstanding football player. It would be a misleading thing to say we haven’t discussed him. It would be misleading to say that we have.”
You can never rule out Jones signing a star player, but the Cowboys probably would have signed Thomas by now. If McCarthy doesn’t want him, Jones would be wise to not step on his coach’s toes — at least not yet.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term extension this offseason, and Emmitt Smith wonders how that could impact the chemistry of the team in 2020.
During an interview with Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio Monday, Smith issued a warning to the Cowboys over the way they have handled Prescott’s contract situation. He said Jerry Jones and company should be careful not to “mess with” the star quarterback.
“If you try to mess with Dak Prescott, trying to mess with him mentally, try to mess with him from a financial standpoint, you’re going to affect the whole chemistry of that entire team,” Smith said. “That’s one of the things I’ve seen many coaches, organizations, and owners do too often and just destroy the chemistry of a ball-club. I’ve seen it happen and I don’t think they need to do that with Dak.”
Smith knows plenty about contract disputes with the Cowboys. He missed the first two weeks of the 1993 season because he and Jones couldn’t work out a deal. Dallas eventually signed him after starting the year 0-2.
As far as Prescott being the right quarterback to lead the Cowboys, Smith says he has no doubt.
“I do think Dak is the guy going forward. There’s no question in my mind about that,” he said. “Dak Prescott is in control of that offensive unit, is in command of that offense, and he has earned the respect as the leader of that team. The way he plays the game translates in that.”
#Cowboys Owner/GM Jerry Jones says the first part of the Earl Thomas decision is to evaluate what they have on roster at that position. He said they’ve completed that phase and next would be to speak directly with Thomas and his agent. So #Cowboys remain interested.
New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy indicated on Monday that he is happy with the roster the way it is. McCarthy also has a close relationship with Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, who knows plenty about Thomas and the issues he has had in the locker room.
Dak Prescott will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag after months of negotiating a long-term extension, but the quarterback insists there are no hard feelings between him and the Dallas Cowboys.
There is typically some tension between a player and team when a long-term agreement is not reached before the franchise tag deadline. Even if that is the case with Prescott and the Cowboys, Dak told reporters on Wednesday that his stance on wanting to be a Cowboy for life has not changed.
“No, not all. I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy and I have dreams of being a Dallas Cowboy until I’m done throwing a football,” Prescott said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.
Prescott also said he believes the relationship between his agent Todd France and Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones is stronger following the negotiations.
Have negotiations changed @Dak desire to be #Cowboys for Life? 'Not at all,' expressing desire to be a long-term guy. Insists talks succeeded in 'bringing (agent and Stephen) closer together. .. I trust Stephen and I trust (agent France).'
Prescott is going to make a fully guaranteed $31.4 million this season, so he can’t be that upset. Kirk Cousins played under the franchise tag two straight seasons with Washington and then went on to sign a massive, fully guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings, proving that playing under the tag can work in a player’s favor if he remains healthy.
A significant number of NFL players are expected to kneel during the national anthem when the 2020 season begins, and many have wondered if Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will change his stance on anthem protests. As of now, he is not ready to commit to doing that.
Jones was asked during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday whether or not he will require players to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” this season like he has in the past. He said no decision has been made but indicated he is open to changing his policy.
Jerry Jones on anthem protests: "Everybody understands where I stand with the flag. Everybody also understands where I stand on backing our players."
He had previously said he wanted players to stand but is willing to listen: "That was then, this is now. We're gonna have grace."
The NFL will not be using a bubble format for the 2020 season, but that isn’t stopping some players from making one of their own.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Todd Archer, a number of Dallas Cowboys players are essentially creating their own bubble for training camp by checking into a hotel next to the team’s training facility and staying there. A source told them that the “majority” of the team would be staying there, and players are being strongly encouraged to do so.
A large number of Dallas Cowboys are now forming their own virtual training camp bubble before on-field practices start Friday and they will begin checking into the Omni Hotel next to the team’s practice facility, league sources tell me and @toddarcher.
Some members of the Cowboys have learned first-hand the importance of staying healthy as several players, including one high-profile name, reportedly contracted COVID-19 prior to the start of camp.
The Cowboys will be thrilled with the players here for taking matters into their own hands and being proactive. Things like this will increase the chances of the NFL season starting on time and concluding without incident.