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Mike McCarthy won’t back down on his defense of the game that sealed Dallas’ exit this weekend.

The Cowboys head coach gave his season-ending press conference on Wednesday and was firm in his decision to call that fateful quarterback draw at the end of Dallas’ loss to San Francisco in the round of jokers.

The Dallas head coach explained that the last play played was a “13-second threshold,” meaning the play had a maximum of 13 seconds in that spot to be effective. There were 14 seconds left on the game clock at this spot, which means the game was in the realm of successful execution, at least according to the head coach.

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McCarthy indicated that he would have made one change to the play:

“The part that we have to talk about as a staff, and we had a chance to visit Dak about it, talk with Dak and umpire last night, is the mechanics. Our mechanics match their mechanics ( officials) I’m not going to get into their mechanics.

“As far as the draw, the execution, the only thing that Dak and I talked about was putting a yard limit. Cut it to 10 yards. That’s probably going to be the change, the adjustment we will make.”

McCarthy also explained that he believed the center can spotting the ball on play, while saying all the official needs to do is touch the ball minimally – if the spot is appropriate.

Touching by the referee would indicate an OK run, so the referee must still touch the ball before play begins. To avoid the situation (as Dallas did not, and analyst Tony Romo yelled at it), the player hands the ball to an official to spot before the start of play.

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In the Cowboys’ defense, former NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained that the referee, who arrived a bit late to the game, could have done a better job of following the play, and less time would have been lost on site.

Mike Pereira, a current Fox rules analyst and also a former NFL vice president of officiating, said the mechanics of officials could have been handled a little better.

The NFL rulebook states that a spotted ball must always be touched by an official before play begins (Rule 3, Section 2, Article 2):

A dead ball is ready for play while the 40-second game clock is running when the ball is placed on the ground by a referee at the spot where the ball will next be put into play, or when the referee signals the 25-second game clock. to start.

The conversation may be in vain, though: Game logs say Prescott got the last snap and the spike ended the game, not when time expired in the fourth quarter, meaning the Cowboys had their last play and opted to waste it on the tip instead of a chuck on the ground.

McCarthy says he hasn’t watched the match “in detail” yet, but made an exception for the highly controversial final game.

Don’t lose sleep, Cowboy fans.



Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy explains what he would change in the final game against the 49ers

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