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The first half looked so familiar that Mike McCarthy decided to acknowledge the elephant in the locker room.
The realization had hit: It’s happening again.
For the sixth consecutive game, the Cowboys were in a hole down at least 14 points. The offense had again fumbled and thrown an interception in the first half. Again, Andy Dalton’s group could not score a touchdown before halftime. Again, the defense couldn’t guard against big plays. Pick your poison of the 40-yard rush allowed on Washington’s first drive, the 26-yard catch to set up a 12-yard rushing touchdown up the middle on drive two or the busted coverage Terry McLaurin turned into a 52-yard touchdown on Washington’s fourth possession.
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The unraveling looked all too familiar.
“We talked at halftime about the ‘here-we-go-again’ mode on the sidelines,” McCarthy said after a 25-3 loss at Washington dropped the Cowboys to 2-5 in his first season. “You know, we’ve got to move past that. That’s part of making progress throughout the season. We need to learn from our mistakes. We can’t keep letting our mistakes hold us down and hold us back.
“The only ones who are going to get us out of the hole are us as a football team.”
New Orleans Saints are talking with LSU officials about playing home games at Tiger Stadium
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The week preceding their trip to FedEx Field was rocky. The Cowboys fell 38-10 at home to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. Tuesday, reports of players anonymously criticizing the coaching staff’s ability traveled far enough that McCarthy publicly addressed them. Wednesday morning, McCarthy acknowledged the resulting angst in a team meeting before practice. His message: If you have an issue, be a man and address it publicly with the team. By Friday, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s remarks had stooped to jabs that “you can lead a horse to water” but a 69-yard Arizona rushing touchdown up the middle felt “like putting a knife in your back.” An 80-yard Arizona touchdown against a three-deep zone was a brain lapse against a coverage that “it’s not like they’re too complicated,” Nolan said. “As a matter of fact, many high schools play those defenses.”
So how to explain Washington rookie running back Antonio Gibson rushing right through the middle of Dallas’ defensive line for a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter? How to explain McLaurin burning rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs over the top for that 52-yard receiving touchdown? Diggs said he got “lazy” staring at the quarterback. No defensive back was anywhere near McLaurin to bail the rookie out.
New York Jets release star running back Le'Veon Bell after trade talks
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“It’s got nothing to do with scheme,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on whether he'd make change from DC Mike Nolan: "That hasn’t crossed my mind. I’m focused on getting better each and every day. That’s where we are."
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) October 25, 2020
Rather, says defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, this Cowboys team has insufficient "backbone."
“We need more belief and more high spirits around this team,” said Lawrence, who notched his second sack in seven games. “And really, more fight. That’s really, I feel like, one of our weaknesses. We need to build a stronger backbone, fight and also make sure that we brought everything possible to come out with a victory.”
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The Cowboys can’t reverse season-ending injuries to quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle), right tackle La’el Collins (hip), left tackle Tyron Smith (neck), tight end Blake Jarwin (ACL) or defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (torn quad tendon) and Trysten Hill (ACL). They can’t magically cure shorter-term injuries, including concussions in the last two games to Dalton and right guard Zack Martin.
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But coaches believe players can and must improve on ball security even if protection is left to second- and third-string offensive linemen. Defenders must tackle more cleanly and play with better gap integrity than they continue to show as opponents torch them at record rates.
The Cowboys are looking at their fifth 2-5 record in the franchise's 61-year history.
On the bright side, they won at least one more game each of the last four times. pic.twitter.com/KJIFfuLPfw
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) October 25, 2020
The mistakes, like the injuries, look all too familiar. The nine games remaining on the schedule at times seem like an interminable length for a shorthanded team, while simultaneously offering far too little time to right the ship in McCarthy’s first Dallas season.
“I’ve stood in front of this camera too many times this year and spoke about basics we just haven’t put together yet,” McCarthy said Sunday evening. “I’d start with the turnovers. It obviously impacted the first-half field position and we didn’t handle the adversity of it – the points off of the turnovers. And we really didn’t get the run game going as we had planned. Then with that, they ran the ball too well against us. So, not a very good day.”
At 2-5, the Cowboys next travel to Philadelphia, where the 2-4-1 Eagles pace the NFC East. Frustration mounts. Disappointment, too. McCarthy said he needs to “quit candy coating” the basic fundamental skills on which his team errs weekly.
Mike McCarthy: Anonymous criticism a 'teachable moment' for Dallas Cowboys
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“We need to be much better,” McCarthy said, “and we’re running out of time.”
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San Francisco 49ers running back JaMycal Hasty (38) runs the ball with help from fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) against New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) in the first half at Gillette Stadium.
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Ja'Whaun Bentley #51 of the New England Patriots during their NFL game at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) scores a touchdown under Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) reaches for a pass as Houston Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (26) watches during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Houston.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) carries the ball past Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (26) and Cowboys outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) in the first quarter at FedExField.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) recovers a fumble by Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the end zone that resulted in a safety against the Washington Football Team in the first quarter at FedExField.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (87) pulls in a touchdown reception ain't Carolina Panthers free safety Tre Boston (33) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.
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