It’s been a rough week for the Dallas Cowboys. They’re 2-3 and just lost in overtime on the road against the Houston Texans, and to make matters worse the entire world is second-guessing Jason Garrett’s 4th and 1 decision to punt.
There’s a lot of second-guessing going on with the team actually, and some of it is even coming from inside the locker room. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Allen Hurns believes the play that Scott Linehan dialed up on Dak Prescott’s second interception of the night (Deonte Thompson was the intended target) was the worst that you could dial up against that kind of coverage. Watch her explain below.
This is bad. Very bad. pic.twitter.com/9gUu9cwmnE— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 10, 2018
What’s particularly interesting to note is that Josina emphasizes a few times that what Hurns said was all on the record so he was very aware that what he said would be getting out. Did he want that message out in the world? Was that the intent? It’s hard to imagine not.
Hurns also told Anderson that sometimes things are on Dak, sometimes they’re on the play call. Additionally, he calls out the blocking and the wide receivers. He doesn’t seem to be isolating any particular person with his message, just stressing overall accountability for the offense.
Many will note that what Hurns is saying is similar to what Dez Bryant said about the Cowboys offense at the tail end of the 2017 season. He was eventually released. Are the Cowboys going to respond with Hurns the same way? Are they going to adjust what they do offensively?
There are only questions and no answers right now.
Update: 4:00pm ET
Allen Hurns met with the media following Wednesday’s practice, and he didn’t back down from his comments to Josina Anderson.
Allen Hurns said no Cowboys coaches asked him about his playcall comment: "I’m not just coming out saying a statement. If people ask me a question, I’ll tell them how it is. I’m not throwing anybody under the bus. As far as me, I tell it how it is." https://t.co/8Pz3NBEgmp— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) October 10, 2018
Hurns on if Dak should have audible: "I'm not sure, I don't think Dak had a chance or i'm not sure if he had the authority to check out of that. Like I said, as far as the other thing, that was their one snap in two man and everyone knows vs. two man you can't run deep sixes."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 10, 2018
Allen Hurns stood behind his comments to @JosinaAnderson about Linehan's play call on the 2 INT. Not questioning the play calling, just that one; "I didn't question it, everyone knows that's not a good play call vs. two man, unfortunately for us that was the only snap in two man— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 10, 2018