Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN personality Dan Orlovsky seemed more than happy to weigh in on how terribly the final 14 seconds of the Dallas Cowboys loss to the 49ers went.
Orlovsky has already given his brash opinions on Dallas many times this season. In the past, he didn’t back down despite Cowboys beat reporters proving him wrong. But sadly, this time, Orlovsky has a point. On ESPN’s Get Up, Orlovsky broke down what should have happened at the end of the game. He says the play is all about the Cowboys’ “lack of awareness and lack of execution.”
Orlovsky points out that with so little time left on the clock, the extra few yards that Dak Prescott tried to get took precious seconds away from the team rather than declaring himself down sooner to get set for a final play. Then, like most people, he criticizes Prescott for not promptly getting up and handing the ball to the referee as soon as he could.
The hardest part to watch is when Orlovsky pauses the tape to point out the extreme lack of urgency from offensive players with just three seconds left. He says this is part of the reason why the QB wasn’t able to get a final hail mary attempt to the endzone. You can watch the full breakdown below.
ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky was quick to scrutinize Cowboys lack of execution and awareness in the final seconds of the loss to the 49ers
Orlovsky seemed to be preparing for this TV moment from the second the play happened. He tweeted out a bootleg version of his analysis while recording on his home TV the evening of the Wild Card loss. He uses the word “awful” three times in the Tweet.
While it’s hard to argue with the fact that this was a brutal use of the final 14 seconds of the game, former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens was not thrilled with Orlovsky’s take. Owens quote retweeted his video with some choice language. The Hall of Famer then proceeded to make fun of the former quarterback for one of the most memorable bad moments in NFL history.
While with the Lions, Orlovsky ran out of the end zone on a play and ended up giving the Vikings team two points for a safety. So, when Owens responded to his tweet, the wide receiver had to add “when the coach called that play, did he tell you to run out of the back of the end zone?!”
Both of these former players clearly really enjoy the spotlight and having their opinions heard. While we appreciate T.O. defending the Cowboys, it’s hard not to side with Orlovsky on this one. And that’s a sentence we thought we’d never say. Dallas had a chance to win, and they simply couldn’t get it done.