They should have dominated the San Francisco 49ers at home, given that they had the better offense.
However, the Niners defense shackled quarterback Dak Prescott and company to 17 points.
If the boss says something, heads will roll, especially for an impulsive owner like Jones.
That said, it looks like wide receiver Amari Cooper will be one of the casualties for the Cowboys leading into the 2022 league year.
But it seems like Dallas won’t rush their actions regarding the four-time Pro Bowler, as CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reports.
My understanding is the #Cowboys are not making an immediate* move on WR Amari Cooper right now, per league source, as of earlier today.
Cooper is just 27.
Cooper's last 3 receiving seasons:
Last two teams in the Super Bowl had strong depth at the position!
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2022
Anderson tweeted, “My understanding is the #Cowboys are not making an immediate* move on WR Amari Cooper right now, per league source, as of earlier today. Cooper is just 27. Cooper’s last 3 receiving seasons: 1189, 1114, 865. Last two teams in the Super Bowl had strong depth at the position.”
Anderson has a point, especially with the last sentence.
The Cowboys’ best chance of making a deep playoff run is with Cooper.
If he and Prescott are not seeing eye to eye, they must work that out if they want to win.
Likewise, why not look at the money they’re giving to running back Ezekiel Elliott, who barely reached 1,000 rushing yards last season.
An argument can be made about releasing him instead of Cooper, while letting Tony Pollard become their featured back.
Cowboys Must Create Cap Room To Retain Cooper
His numbers from 2020 to 2021 might have dropped, but he had more touchdowns (eight) and better yards per catch average (12.7).
That said, the Cowboys must find ways to restructure deals to lower their cap number and absorb Cooper’s hit.
The last thing they want is for another NFC team to scoop him up and for him to get his payback in the postseason.