Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith recently joined the Dennis & Friedo on 103.3 FM ESPN to talk about all things football. Here are some highlights:
Question: I thought the Cowboys did a great job of taking advantage of what the Giants defense was giving them. You can’t do that to win a football game. You gotta take what they’re giving you but then you gotta go take something, right? Am I making it too simple?
Emmitt Smith: No, I don’t think you’re really making it too simple. But what I will say is this: we missed a couple opportunities. I think you actually have four chances to make four big plays every game. And that’s defensively as well as offensively. And what do I mean by that? I mean that pass that Cole Beasley dropped in the red zone that should have been a touchdown is one big play. That’s the difference between scoring three points and scoring seven. That’s the difference between winning and losing.
The pass to Dez Bryant over in the corner where they called it a non-catch into the end zone: That’s the difference between three points and seven points. That’s the difference between winning and losing. If you score those two touchdowns, we win the game convincingly.
The beautiful thing about what I saw is that we did control the clock a lot. Dak [Prescott] played great. He played great. And I only say the first half. I didn’t see the second half because I had to go do something else. But watching the first half I was extremely impressed with what Dak Prescott was able to do with the football in terms of moving the ball around [and] getting it underneath.
But I think Dez Bryant should have been involved a lot more than he was. Four pass attempts [thrown] in his direction and to only have a couple catches here and there? That’s not really good. Michael Irvin woulda went nuts by now, and rightfully so. I think there’s a lot more to our offense than what we saw on Sunday.
They need to let Dak go. They need to just let him go. At the end of the day, man, he’s your starting quarterback. Quit trying to control everything yourself. Let the kid play. Let the kid play. I see it all the time. They always try to restrict guys all because they’re young. You already got him into the fire. He’s your starting quarterback. You already made that decision. Let the kid play and let the boys go. Don’t hold them back.
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