Amari Cooper benched
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A report following Sunday’s disastrous loss to the Philadelphia Eagles highlighted massive coaching issues for the Dallas Cowboys.

Said report concluded that Dallas sat Amari Cooper for the majority of the fourth quarter with the belief that Tavon Austin could have more success as a speedier option against Philadelphia’s secondary.

This was downright absurd in every way. We are talking about a three-time Pro Bowler in Cooper who was already up over 1,000 yards on the season compared to Austin’s 11 catches heading into Week 16.

We now might have some more clarification here. It comes to us via longtime Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill and is an absolute whopper. Dallas apparently benched Cooper due to his performance in the game.

We don’t even know where to start here. Cooper has been the Cowboys’ best receiving option since he was acquired from the Oakland Raiders at the midway point of the 2018 season. In 24 career games with Dallas, the former first-round pick has put up 128 receptions for 1,822 yards.

The idea that this staff pointed to Cooper as one figure who struggled during Sunday’s 17-9 loss is absurd. The team’s entire offense was a lost cause. That included those calling the plays.

This is just the latest example of head coach Jason Garrett doing everything possible to get himself fired.

That should come to fruition following Week 17. Dallas needs a win over Washington and a Giants victory over the Eagles to earn a playoff spot. Good luck with that.

Vincent Frank
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