We'd be here for hours if we listed everything that's currently wrong with the Dallas Cowboys offense. While the San Francisco 49ers defense is the best in the NFL, Dallas' offensive struggles were apparent before its 32-10 loss in Week 5.
As far as straightforward improvements go, getting CeeDee Lamb more looks sounds easy enough, right? You would think, but Lamb has been a virtual non-factor over the last three games and his frustration culminated Sunday night when he was caught fuming away from the Cowboys bench.
That's not to say Lamb is annoyed with his lack of production. His frustration seemingly stems from the offense's collective struggles.
Still, though, Lamb surely recognizes he could make a difference and the fact he's averaging six targets per game over the last three weeks has to be eating at him.
As far as Jerry Jones is concerned, though, Lamb is seeing plenty volume. He'd rather see more distribution among Dallas' pass-catchers.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' quote on CeeDee Lamb's usage is infuriating
Good idea, Jerry. Go on local radio and openly scoff at the idea of getting your offense's top playmaker when said playmaker is already displeased with the offense's performance and low target share. That will surely spruce up Lamb's mood.
Nobody's saying that force-feeding Lamb targets is the solution, or that the Pro Bowler's feelings should dictate Jones' interview. Distribution is key to a successful offense.
At the same time, though, we could point to a number of teams that share the wealth in the passing game while also getting their No. 1 receiver plenty of looks.
At the end of the day, Lamb is sixth among 88 qualified wide receivers in separation percentage against single coverage, according to PFF's John Owning. And yet, he's seen fewer targets this season than Tutu Atwell, Robert Woods and Nico Collins (who play for the same team), Romeo Doubs, Jakobi Meyers and George Pickens.
With all due respect to those wideouts, there's nary a WR1 among them. Lamb announced himself to the NFL last season as a top-10 receiver and over the last three games he's posted a combined 12 catches for 138 yards on 18 targets. The last time he was held under 60 yards in three straight games was his rookie year in 2020, when Amari Cooper was still running routes for Dallas.
In Week 2 alone, Lamb erupted for 11 catches for 143 yards on a whopping 13 targets.
Mike McCarthy moved Lamb all over the field in that game and No. 88 carved up the Jets zone defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. It's no coincidence Dak Prescott enjoyed his best passing game of the season that week (81.6% completion rate, 255 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs and a 112.2 rating).
Jones is out of his mind if he thinks Dallas' offense needs less CeeDee Lamb. We're not even sure he believes that, but he put it out there for the world to hear and read.