The Dallas Cowboys were a disaster against the Philadelphia Eagles in a number of ways that might not be quantifiable by even the world’s most renowned mathematicians. One of their biggest transgressions was the way that they handled the game’s final real chance for their offense (there were plenty of mistakes before this as well). Facing fourth and eight with the slimmest of hope that they could still tie the game, Dallas sent out an offense that did not feature either Amari Cooper or Randall Cobb. Why?
It’s not clear if we’ll ever get that answer, but many were speculating throughout the game that Cooper was hurt given his poor performance and repeated absence during plays. Jason Garrett confirmed that Cooper was not hurt, but it was Cooper’s words that were perhaps the most damning. In speaking to reporters after the game he said that the Cowboys coaches... took him off of the field.
Amari Cooper says he was pulled by the coaches prior to that fourth down.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) December 23, 2019
If Amari Cooper was not physically ailing in any way there is no reason on this earth or on any planet in this entire galaxy as to why he should not have been on the field for a play that the entire season hinged upon. What’s more is that the Cowboys had all three timeouts at their disposal at the time... they could have rectified their own mistake but chose not to.
Unbelievable. Truly. Hard to believe.