The Dallas Cowboys are an easy target for the national media this week after they were embarrassed by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
The respective futures of head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Dak Prescott have been brought into question, while others have questioned the overall toughness of the roster and where they stack up among the NFC's elite.
The performance caught the attention of one Deion Sanders, who's turned Colorado into the biggest draw in college football in year one on the job.
A former Super Bowl champ and three-time All-Pro with the Cowboys, Sanders appeared on "Inside the NFL" and defended Prescott, whom he believes is a lot better than what he showed on Sunday. Beyond Dak, Sanders was highly critical of Dallas' roster, specifically the "dogs" or standout players who showed little fight after the 49ers jumped out to an early lead.
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The pregnant pause after Sanders said, "The Cowboys have guys that are supposed to be dogs," says it all, doesn't it? Forget watching the All-22 or a replay of the game. It was apparent on first watch that the 49ers bullied Dallas for four quarters.
While the Cowboys punched back here and there with a couple goal-line stands -- namely forcing a fumble of Christian McCaffrey -- and forced three and outs, San Francisco could have hung a 50-burger on the scoreboard if they wanted. They called off the dogs in the fourth quarter after Dak threw interceptions on three consecutive drives.
The Cowboys need to look themselves in the mirror. While they're there, maybe McCarthy can impose a no-trash-talk rule.
Micah Parsons has continued chirping the 49ers in the aftermath of the 32-point loss and was roasted by Deebo Samuel as a result.
Dallas hyped up the game for weeks and gave the 49ers bulletin board material in the process. According to San Francisco defensive back Deommodore Lenoir, head coach Kyle Shanahan played a clip from DeMarcus Lawrence after the Cowboys' Week 2 win against the Jets during a team meeting.
"You just witnessed the best defense in the world, we don't care about nobody else," Lawrence told NFL Network after Week 2. "They've got to come match our energy."
Suffice it to say the video did the trick. To add insult to injury (or insult to insult), Lenoir knew the Cowboys were all talk.
“Man, I told y’all: We’re the best defense in the league, and we’re the best team in the league,” Lenoir said. "They were into the [hype]. They wanted all the clicks and stuff. We play football. That’s what we do. We don’t worry about any of the outside noise. We just line up and play four quarters.”
Doesn't get much worse than that. What more is it going to take for Dallas to keep its head down and focus on playing football?