Cowboys frustrated by the number of penalty flags against the Raiders
Posted On November 26, 2021
ARLINGTON, Texas – The tone of Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons ranged between exasperation and discouragement.
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Parsons had moved closer from the left on Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr midway through the third quarter, with defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa completing the trap on the right side. The Cowboys players collided with each other, Carr falling between them. Carr was slow to get up, grabbing his neck. He smiled at his teammates as he walked back to the group.
“It didn’t seem like a penalty,” Tony Romo, CBS analyst and 13-year NFL quarterback, said on the show.
Officials disagreed and threw one of 28 penalty flags that day. Parsons was reported for brutalizing the smuggler. The Raiders advanced 15 yards and entered the red zone.
“We should be playing football, not tag,” Parsons said after the Cowboys 36-33 overtime loss. “I’m not here to support anyone and play tag like he’s my best friend. I have a job to do and I see how out of pocket it is, so I’ll see. the quarterback.
“I mean, we play football at the end of the day.”
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Most of the Cowboys avoided attributing the loss to refereeing after a game in which Dallas lacked attacking rhythm for three and a half quarters and repeatedly attempted tackles from insufficient angles. After all, the Raiders took the same number of penalties (14) as the Cowboys, the Cowboys “costing the Raiders 166 yards against 110”.
Either way, the volume of officials’ activity was undeniable. The 28 penalties that were held (five were compensated or denied) marked the more than 61 years of Cowboys history. The 166 penalty yards surpassed the Cowboys’ previous record of 161 in Washington on Nov. 2, 1970.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has spoken out about the implications for the league.
“This will probably be the most watched game outside of the Super Bowl, and I hated that it was enough to throw the ball and get your penalties to get your big plays,” Jones said. “We had games with us too. It wasn’t like it was wrong against (the Raiders). Again, this is not a criticism of the rules. It is a criticism of stealth. the way you use them.
“If you knew it was going to be like this every time, then you would go out every time and throw 40 yards into the field hoping you get your calls.”
The so-called penalties covered the NFL rulebook. Offensive linemen have been called in for detention, false starts and illegal training. Defensive linemen have been penalized for illegal hand use, passer brutality, neutral zone infractions and leverage. In the high school, there was the fabric for defensive gear, defensive pass interference, illegal above-the-waist gear, and disqualifications from play after a fight in the third quarter. On special teams, an overtime rap was dealt for an illegal above-waist block.
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Were the players responsible for some, if not most, of the violations? There are cases. But Jones said that in a physical and aggressive game, strict interpretations of the rules could justify penalties every game. That’s not in the spirit of how the league wants games to be played.
Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown has entered Thanksgiving with a flag in 10 games this season (Oct. 31 in Minnesota for illegal contact). Against the Raiders, Brown drew four pass interference calls totaling 91 yards. The last knockout game in overtime, when officials deemed Brown’s defense against Carr’s pass to receiver Zay Jones too aggressive. The Raiders advanced 33 yards to the Dallas 24-yard line, positioning them for the winning basket.
Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse begged fans to remember Brown’s otherwise clean slate of the season.
“In the world we live in today, you can do nine good things for someone and you do a bad thing, they are going to remember that bad thing,” Kearse said. “Can we talk about the other games we’ve had when he was strong?
“He’s a solid player. He will continue to be a strong player. We support him no matter what.”
The Cowboys fell to 7-4 and lost three games in four weeks, each loss to an opponent from AFC West. Dallas is now entering a three-game stretch of road with visits to the New Orleans Saints, the Washington football team and the New York Giants. Jones, players and coach Mike McCarthy insisted they need to learn from this loss, both improving technical shortcomings, like their inability to set up the race, and adapting structurally, how to better capitalize on the trends of officials.
“We need to think about it and keep the officials out of the game,” said quarterback Dak Prescott. “Maybe I should pitch more honestly onto the pitch, with the way this game was called. It’s a sense of reflection and maybe we’ll learn from that and see. If another game is called. like that, maybe that’s what I’ll do. “
That’s what Jones said he would recommend, with the owner and players acknowledging discussing in team meetings how this team of officials was more likely to throw flags. Jones felt that Las Vegas played in refereeing trends en route to its triumph. But perhaps the bigger question comes from defense, where the unit of Cowboys coordinator Dan Quinn takes pride in their aggressiveness and physique. Can this aggressive tight cover mentality live on if Dallas encounters a similar team of officials in the months to come?
Quinn said he doesn’t hit players as much for competition penalties as he does for errors before and after the snap. But discussions will continue over self-scouting trends, like Brown’s tight coverage, which opponents might aim to highlight.
Parsons said he didn’t think he and his teammates would have to adjust their style of play for fear of “50/50” penalties that “some would say are really bad decisions.”
“At the end of the day, football is an aggressive game and you’re going to attack the ball and you’re going to play through the ball and you’re going to play the defender,” Parsons said. “When are you going to really let us play? I come here because I love the game. I love to play. I’m pretty sure all the guys out there on the field (do).
“You don’t play the game smoothly and you can’t play the game conservatively. You have to be aggressive.”