Jimmy Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in the early Nineties and coached a group that featured legends Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Charles Haley.
But the present Cowboys are far and vast other than their dynastic groups of that period and Johnson was amongst these bewildered by the final play of their 19-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
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Johnson summed up the play in a one-word tweet.
“Dumb,” he wrote.
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys wanted a miracle from their very own 24-yard line to even have a shot at tying the rating. Running again Ezekiel Elliott was the heart for Dallas, and no different offensive linemen surrounded him. Instead, the linemen had been set out vast on the left and proper facet of the line of scrimmage, and it was clear the Cowboys had been going to strive one thing loopy of their last-ditch effort.
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As Elliott snapped the ball — he received run over shortly by a 49ers cross rusher — Prescott had a fast drop earlier than throwing to rookie KaVontae Turpin, who was instantly hit to finish the recreation. Turpin’s lineman couldn’t get to Jimmie Ward for the block quick sufficient, and it was a simple one for the veteran cornerback to seal the deal.
The play was closely criticized on-line. McCarthy defined that the end result was not what they’d in thoughts.
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“Yeah, it did not get going,” McCarthy mentioned, by way of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I actually don’t need to get into the particulars of it, however that clearly wasn’t the plan. It’s clearly a gadget play or no matter. It’s a last-play-situation name that we apply.”