Mike McCarthy explains fake punt call on Thanksgiving


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy hopped on with Shan & RJ Monday morning and discussed the much-talked about fake punt against Washington that swung the momentum back into the Football Team's favor.

With the Cowboys down 20-16 with over 12 minutes to go in the 4th quarter McCarthy attempted a fake punt on 4th and 10 from Dallas' own 24-yard line. Washington shut down the play and scored a touchdown on their ensuing possession to expand their lead to a two-score game. Dallas would never recover from the debacle and would go on to get blown out 41-16 on Thanksgiving.

McCarthy was asked by Shan and RJ if the criticism he's received for the call is warranted?

"I think it's part of our game. When it goes well there's praise to be distributed. But when it doesn't there's blame to place. I think we all recognize that in professional sports," McCarthy said. "But I clearly understand the risk in the decision at the time, with all the factors and variables you look into, you calculate it. At the end of the day, you're trying to give your players a chance for big-play opportunities. I get it. It's part of it when you don't win. It's all about winning and we have to do more to win."

McCarthy was then asked what led him to call the fake punt with his team down four points and almost an entire quarter left to be played?

"We had punted earlier. It was a look we were looking for. They actually went to a zone look, which is the tougher of the two. You definitely would have preferred the (man-to-man) look from the punt-return unit of Washington. (It was) just an opportunity there to make the play. You have to call that in a certain region of field position to get the percentage of the defensive look you're looking for. Going into the game, the field position was between the 20 and the 40s. All of those things factor in. There are some other things going on in the game, we had some injuries and so forth. That was the opportunity to run the fake and we took a shot at it."

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