Monday, November 29, 2021

Jerry Jones, Mike McCarthy Unload on Loss to Raiders

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The biggest star at the AT&T Stadium this Thanksgiving wasn’t the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott, or the Las Vegas Raiders counterpart, Derek Carr, or even the literal star on the field.

It was Shawn Hochuli, son of legendary NFL referee Ed Hochuli, who earned most of the television time on Jerry World, much to the chagrin of the home team. Hochuli announced 28 accepted penalties when Dallas lost 36:33 in overtime to Las Vegas on Thursday – a staggering 14 for any team.

“The numbers are absurd,” said Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy via after the game Jori Epstein from USA Today. “I don’t really know what you’re trying to tell me. Write what you want, I’m for it. “

McCarthy’s side have suffered their third loss in the last four weeks, and have done so in the sloppiest way imaginable. The Cowboys were called to 166 yards for 14 violations, including consecutive neutral zone violations in the Raiders’ game-winning field goal attempt.

the most in the 61 year history of the franchise.

“We thought it might be a (bad call) penalty,” said McCarthy of the Vegas affair. via Mike Fisher from

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After the game, Jerry Jones, owner / general manager of the Cowboys, had his usual tete-a-tete with reporters. Jones, of course, was pressed for the abundance of laundry littering his $ 1.2 billion palace. Choosing his words carefully, the sociable tsar declared: “This is not a criticism of the rule. It’s a criticism of the discretion used in the game. “

But he wasn’t happy either – and let it be known.

“(The Raiders) took advantage of the situation. I call it the ‘throw-up ball’. The right way to play a game like this: just throw it out and get yourself a penalty, “Jones told reporters. via Jon Machota from The Athletic. “This is going to be probably the most watched game besides the Super Bowl, and I hated the fact that it just boiled down to throwing the ball up and getting the penalties for getting your big games.”

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If you’ve been looking at your television at any point, you’ve likely seen Hochuli punish cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown for reporting illegally. Brown, who was relentlessly targeted against Trevon Diggs, committed four pass interference fouls and routinely gave the Raiders offense a new series of downs.

“Almost every third failure after getting the first two, (Raiders QB Derek Carr) just threw it on the third failure,” Brown said in his post-game press conference via Michael Gehlken the Dallas Morning News. “If he feels like getting a call will be easy, he’ll keep doing it.”

Carr completed 24-of-39 passes for 373 yards and one touchdown. The pass attack resulted in two 100 yard receivers (DeSean Jackson, Hunter Renfrow), both of which spent part of their Turkey day engaging in jump ball situations with Brown and other situations hit by the officiator.

“We should play football, not tag. … When are you really going to let us play? ”Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons wondered aloud, about Epstein.

“We should play football, not tag. … When are you really going to let us play? ”Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons wondered aloud, about Epstein.

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