A number of things went wrong in the Dallas Cowboys beatdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. Mike McCarthy is taking slings and arrows from all directions after a nightmarish play-calling display. Some of that criticism stems from McCarthy's inability to get CeeDee Lamb into a rhythm.
Granted, the entire offense was out of sync Sunday night, but getting the ball to your best playmakers is typically a quick-fix for play-callers. McCarthy couldn't do that, as Lamb struggled to create separation on his routes and finished with four catches for 49 yards.
Lamb should shoulder some of the blame for that as the Cowboys WR1, but it's hard not to point the finger at McCarthy for No. 88's limited impact.
Lamb doesn't care much for individual success as long as the team is winning, but the offense's performance had him frustrated all night. So much so that he was caught standing away from teammates on Dallas' sideline.
Frustrated CeeDee Lamb distanced himself from Cowboys teammates during loss to 49ers.
Cowboys fans can understand Lamb's frustration. They were going through the same emotions as Dallas embarrassed itself vs the 49ers for a third straight game. It's obviously better than if Lamb didn't care, but fuming away from everyone isn't a great look for the two-time Pro Bowler. As one of the team's best players, it's expected that Lamb would try to galvanize and rally his team instead of sulking by himself.
Lamb explained his frustration after the game and called out the Cowboys' inconsistent performance thus far this season.
"We got to be complete, Lamb said, via The Athletic's Jon Machota. We can’t go out there one week and look like a super team and then the following week sh-t the bed.”
Here's another look at the frustrated Lamb walking back to the locker room after the fourth quarter clock mercifully ran out. As Bobby Belt of 105.3 The Fan notes, though, Lamb's wearing his anger and unhappiness on his sleeve.
Again, Lamb's frustration is totally understandable. Distancing himself from the team isn't a great look, but it's better than exploding on teammates or coaches. The would subject the Cowboys to uncomfortable questions, so perhaps Lamb deserves credit for allowing his steam to blow off away from everyone.
At the end of the day, Lamb is good enough to win a game by himself. He's been held under 55 yards in three straight games and is averaging just 6.0 targets per game during that stretch. That's criminal for a player of his talent and underlines the fact that McCarthy's done a terrible job of getting him involved early.
Personal numbers notwithstanding, Lamb wants the Cowboys to put forth the same effort every week. Right now, their season is composed of three blowout wins and two losses in which they were thoroughly outplayed by their opponent.
All we can hope is that Lamb's frustration resonates in the locker room.