ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky seemed to wake up and choose violence on Tuesday morning. The former Lions quarterback was extremely passionate about the fact that the Dallas Cowboys should be missing tight end Blake Jarwin’s blocking .
Even as Cowboys writer after Cowboys writer told him how misguided he was, Orlovsky persisted.
Orlovsky tried to prove that Jarwin’s absence is the reason the run game is struggling. Local reporters, though, were eager to tell him that he has no idea what he is talking about.
Clarence Hill of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram was there first on Twitter to remind Orlovsky that Dalton Schultz (who had an amazing game vs the Giants) has actually been a better blocker than Jarwin, even though neither of the tight ends is particularly great at it.
If you have some free time to kill, we highly recommend going through the thread on Orlovsky’s initial tweet. There’s a mirage of GIFs, videos, and hilarious insults being thrown at him from all directions.
ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky tries to tell Cowboys reporters that Blake Jarwin’s absence is the reason for the struggling run game
Aside from not being a great blocker, Jarwin has been plagued by injury. He tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This year, he was put back on the IR after the Cowboys’ Week 8 victory over Minnesota with a hip injury. He has yet to return since.
Before the injury, Jarwin had 10 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Schultz has definitely proven himself in his absence, catching all eight passes thrown to him in Week 15 and scoring a touchdown.
But instead of listening to people who know this team in and out, Orlovsky wouldn’t back down. He threw up this stat, which sparked even more hilarious banter.
Sure, there’s a change in the stats. But it is pretty wild to argue that the injured tight end is the sole reason that the Dallas offense has been in a slump. There are plenty of other places to point the finger.
We mean … really, dude? Just saying “12” over and over again and never elaborating on the nuance?
Marcus Mosher of Cowboys Wire even pointed out that in a world where Cowboys fans rarely agree on anything, it seemed like the entire Cowboys Twitterverse could agree that Orlovsky was wrong.
After countless attempts to prove the ex-QB wrong, most beat reporters ended with a final tweet saying something along the lines of it’s time to be quiet and listen. Mosher’s was this:
Oof. Looks like Orlovsky barked up the wrong tree. But maybe this gives Jarwin and his ailing hip something to work on for his return?