Again this year, the Dallas Cowboys bowed out in the second round of the NFL playoffs, a milestone they have been unable to complete for nearly three decades, and frustration has gripped their owner, Jerry Jones.
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The latter saw his team lose 19-12 to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Thus, for the second campaign in a row, she ruined a 12-win regular season by elimination at the hands of the Niners; Jones’ only consolation was that the “Boys” this time won a first-round duel before packing up.
On the other hand, it remains that the businessman expected better. Some observers have raised the possibility of head coach Mike McCarthy being fired, but the one who also serves as general manager has ruled out any changes to the guard at this time.
“No, no, no, not at all,” he replied, as reported by “Sports Illustrated” magazine, about the possibility of dismissing the experienced driver. And our decision to continue with the kicker [Brett Maher] was validated with its placement, in my opinion. I’m proud of him, except that it’s frankly disappointing not to have won tonight.
“I don’t have to analyze the advantages and disadvantages, but I have a lot more than a playoff game to evaluate Mike McCarthy,” he also told 103.5 The Fan radio a few days earlier.
The best did not rise
Nevertheless, there are players who will have to think carefully about the elements to improve. Maher was again erratic on Sunday, except that he is not the only culprit. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was limited to 26 rushing yards, while quarterback Dak Prescott struggled with 206 yards through the air, a touchdown and two interceptions.
“If I had the answers, we would have won. It’s too early to end the year, he lamented. It’s sad to find ourselves 365 days away from returning to the same point. On the other hand, it is necessary to take one day and one step at a time. That’s what I will do.
“I know what I am and I will respond appropriately. As I said, when this formation is in good order and the players and the instructors are back, we will do what is necessary to go back there and this time prevail.