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Dak Prescott fined for referee comments after playoff loss

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The NFL has fined Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for his remarks about the referees in Sunday’s playoff loss.

Prescott received a $25,000 fine for his remarks, according to USA Today’s Jori Epstein. Prescott condoned fans throwing items at the officials following the ending of Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

The Cowboys quarterback had initially been critical of the team’s fans, believing that they had been throwing items at the players. When informed that the referees were the target of the fans’ frustration, he essentially praised them.

Prescott actually drew criticism from the NBA’s referees, and the Cowboys quarterback ultimately apologized for his remarks. He probably knew this was coming, and the fine should come as no surprise.

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Mike McCarthy blames Dak Prescott for final play against 49ers?

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has maintained that the final play the team ran in their loss to the San Francisco 49ers was the right one, but he has since shared some interesting new information about it.

McCarthy spoke with reporters on Wednesday about Dak Prescott’s infamous quarterback draw. He said the Cowboys called a pass play but Prescott changed it to a run. McCarthy said he agreed with the decision from Prescott.

One report this week claimed offensive coordinator Kellen Moore called the draw play and McCarthy agreed. According to McCarthy, it was Prescott’s decision. Again, McCarthy insists he feels it was the right one.

It was somewhat surprising to hear McCarthy openly reveal that Prescott was responsible for the play. He then took things a step further, saying the one thing the QB should have done differently was get down after 10 yards.

The Cowboys got the ball trailing 23-17 with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. They needed to go 80 yards for the winning touchdown, and they reached the San Francisco 41-yard line with three straight completions. They then ran the QB draw with no timeouts left. Prescott rushed for 17 yards and quickly handed the ball to his center. An official bumped into the lineman and was unable to spot the ball in time for a spike (video here).

McCarthy said Prescott was right to hand the ball to the center, as that is the way the Cowboys practice the play. Some say Dak should have given the ball to the official, but McCarthy noted that the center can spot the ball and just needs the official to touch it quickly afterword. That is technically true if the center puts the ball in the right spot, but that did not happen in this case. The official had to move the ball back, which took more time off the clock.

McCarthy also maintained that 13 seconds was the threshold for being able to run the draw play successfully and still having time for a spike. The Cowboys had 14 seconds when the ball was snapped. One former NFL quarterback has a different interpretation of the situation than McCarthy.

Very few people believe the Cowboys made the right decision, but McCarthy stood by it. He also opened Prescott up to a lot of scrutiny by revealing that Prescott checked out of a pass play and should have gotten down sooner. It’s unclear how Dak will feel about that.

Photo: Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott apologizes for comments about referees

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Dak Prescott issued an apology on Tuesday for his comments about NFL officials.

Prescott initially admonished Dallas Cowboys fans for throwing debris onto the field at AT&T Stadium after the team’s playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Upon being informed that the fans were throwing things at the refs, who had hurried off the field, Prescott changed his tune and complimented the fans.

On Tuesday, the NBA’s referees tweeted their disappointment with Prescott and asked the NFL to step in.

A few hours later, Prescott apologized via Twitter.

“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game on Sunday,” Prescott wrote. “I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my words were uncalled for and unfair.

“I hold the NFL Officials in the highest regard and have always respected their professionalism and the difficulty of their jobs.

“The safety of everyone who attends a game or participates on the field of a sporting event is a very serious matter. That was a mistake on my behalf, and I am sorry.”

Not only is Prescott wrong to applaud the fans for throwing things at the refs, but he also was directing his anger at the wrong place. The Cowboys being unable to get off a spike at the end of the game was not because the refs were bad at their job, but because Dallas did their jobs poorly. They should not have called a risky play with only 14 seconds left. And Prescott should have got down earlier and handed the ball to the ref earlier.

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Stephen Jones disagrees with Dak Prescott on Cowboys fan behavior

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott raised some eyebrows with comments he made about fan behavior after Sunday’s NFC Wild Card loss. Unsurprisingly, executive vice president Stephen Jones is not backing his quarterback on those.

Some Cowboys fans, upset with how the game ended, threw objects onto the field at the officials following the final whistle. Jones issued a condemnation of that behavior on Monday, saying there was “no place” for that sort of behavior.

A frustrated Prescott actually credited fans for their behavior after the game. That didn’t sit well with some, as thrown objects can be dangerous if someone gets hit.

There are certainly bigger issues to be dealt with in light of the disappointing ending to the Dallas season. Don’t be surprised if the team has a word with Prescott about his remarks in private, though. This isn’t the sort of behavior you want your quarterback condoning, even in the heat of the moment.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles while on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Nickelodeon ‘NVP’ vote gets turned into joke once again

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Nickelodeon’s NFL playoff broadcast being trolled by viewers is turning into an annual tradition.

For the second year in a row, Nickelodeon aired a unique version of CBS’ Wild Card playoff game. This year, their game was between the 49ers and the Cowboys, and their broadcast featured the same unusual additions as last year’s telecast did.

Nickelodeon also decided to bring back the “NVP,” their special award meant to be given to the game’s most valuable player. The award was once again voted on by fans, and once again, the adult viewers seemingly decided to use the award to play a joke.

This time, losing quarterback Dak Prescott won the honors in an absolute landslide.

There was even a graphic depicting last year’s winner, then-Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, handing the hardware over to Prescott.

The fine folks from Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast are the people behind the joke and seem to enjoy making it an annual thing.

Prescott was at least slightly more deserving than last year’s winner. The Cowboys quarterback threw for 254 with a touchdown and an interception, but he didn’t play a great game. He was also involved in the baffling play that ended the game.

Whatever Nickelodeon made of last year’s vote, they seem to have simply embraced being trolled at this point. Honestly, there’s no reason for them not to.

Dak Prescott not happy with officials after Cowboys’ loss

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Dak Prescott was not happy with the officials after his Dallas Cowboys lost 23-17 to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL playoffs on Sunday.

The Cowboys were called for 14 penalties in the game, with more than a few coming in key situations. They weren’t exactly helped by the refs on the final play of the game either (video here).

Prescott ran a quarterback draw with 14 seconds left in the game and time ran out on the play before he could set up for a spike to kill the clock. Referee Ramon George didn’t exactly help the situation as he collided with Prescott and the Cowboys’ offensive line.

Fans were upset with the referees over the way the game ended and began throwing debris on the field. Prescott disparaged the fans for throwing stuff on the field. But when he was informed the fans were throwing things at the refs, Prescott changed his feelings and applauded Dallas’ supporters.

Even if the Cowboys and their fans weren’t happy with the officials, it’s the football team that should bear the blame. The bulk of their mistakes were self-inflicted, including the final play. It was never worth the risk of running a rushing play with no timeouts left and 14 seconds left. You know ahead of time you’re putting the ball in the hands of the officials instead of yourselves. That’s an extremely poor choice.

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Cowboys’ season ends on horrendous final play call for Dak Prescott

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What in the heck were the Dallas Cowboys thinking? That’s all that can be asked after seeing the way their 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers went down on Sunday.

The Cowboys got the ball back with 32 seconds left and needed to go 80 yards to win. They moved the ball quickly with three straight passes, bringing up a 2nd-and-1 at the 49ers 41.

That’s when the Cowboys did something inexplicable.

Despite not having any timeouts left, Dallas called a quarterback draw. Dak Prescott rushed up the middle for a gain of 17 yards. But by the time the official fought through the players to spot the ball for the next play, time had expired, and the game ended.

CBS’ Tony Romo was all over the call. He knew that the official had to spot the ball before the Cowboys could spike. The official took a while getting down to the ball to set it, meaning the time ticked away before Dallas could stop the clock. By the time the ball was spotted, time had expired.

Those were the exact risks with calling such a play, and exactly why you don’t call a run up the middle with no timeouts left. There wasn’t enough time to do that.

Prescott should have got down sooner to save more time. Even if he did, the entire situation was way too risky.

Dallas had time for a few shots down the field. Why not try one more pass play to gain an extra 10 yards and get you closer to the end zone? That choice was inexplicable.

Dak Prescott had message for Cowboys after blowout win

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Dak Prescott had a message after his Dallas Cowboys’ 51-26 blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

Prescott went 21/27 for 295 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Dallas made a point of going hard in the game despite already having the NFC East locked up. Why? The Cowboys believe that approach will best get them ready for the playoffs.

Dallas seems to be highly focused on the postseason. That was evidenced by what Prescott said as he approached the locker room after the win in Philly.

“The real s–t starts now,” Prescott said.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy agreed.

That’s the exact kind of mindset you love to see your team have. Dallas seems to have their act together and their focus on the right things.

The Green Bay Packers have already locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Dallas will end up seeded somewhere between 2-4. They seem headed for the four-seed and a matchup with the Cardinals.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles while on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones did not lie about Cowboys’ plans for Week 18 game

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Jerry Jones was not lying when he talked about his Dallas Cowboys’ plans for their Week 18 game at the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

One of the big questions teams that have already clinched their divisions entering the final regular season game face is whether they should play starters or give them rest. Jones said prior to Saturday night’s game that he expected quarterback Dak Prescott to play into the fourth quarter.

Jones wasn’t lying.

Prescott remained in the game through a touchdown drive that began in the third quarter and ended with a touchdown early in the fourth. After giving his Cowboys a 37-20 lead thanks to his fifth touchdown pass of the game, Prescott finally was subbed out for Cooper Rush.

Prescott’s final stats were: 21/27 for 295 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

Jones’ reasoning makes sense. The Cowboys played well on Saturday night, which should give them confidence and momentum entering the playoffs. This was also a good time for Prescott to build his confidence.

Ezekiel Elliott also added some context to the decision.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones offers revised take on Dak Prescott ‘slump’ talk

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Dak Prescott had one of his best games in well over a month in Sunday’s blowout win over Washington. Some might even say the performance was a slump-buster for the Dallas Cowboys star, and it sounds like Jerry Jones would agree.

Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense struggled a bit in the three games prior to Sunday’s win. Jones was asked a couple weeks back if it was fair to say Prescott was in a “slump,” and he offered an honest assessment of his quarterback’s play. During his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones was asked if the slump has ended. He had a great reply.

Prescott admitted previously that he was not playing up to his own standards, but he said he didn’t feel like he was in a slump. He reiterated that after going 28/39 for 330 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the 56-14 win over Washington.

The “slump” talk clearly took on a life of its own. Jones was merely stating the obvious when he said the Cowboys’ offensive performance had been less than stellar. If the players took that personally, Jones must be happy with how they responded.

One star Cowboys player recently hinted at some frustration with his role in the offense, but Sunday’s blowout victory probably has the entire team feeling a lot better about where they stand.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports