Just days after player manager Stephen Jones made a clear remark about Lamb’s performance on the team 19-3 opening season loss to Tampa Bay BuccaneersOwner Jerry Jones doubled the cash. the message? Dallas needs a Lamb to live up to his royalty-filled expectations, which set him up as a true No. 1 receiver after the Cowboys pulled the plug. Amary Cooper off season. Lamb only caught two of the 11 passes thrown in his direction for 29 yards against Tampa that certainly didn’t fit the bill — and didn’t match up well with Brain’s confidence.
“We definitely have to step up and do better,” Stephen Jones said Monday, speaking to the team’s main radio station 105.3 The Fan. “The passing game goes hand in hand, the midfielder and the receivers. For sure, we have to be better there. CeeDee has to improve and work his way up to become the number one receiver we think he can. [be]. “
By Friday, Jerry Jones endorsed that idea with the same radio station, including some slightly scathing comments.
“People cover the best receiver,” Jerry Jones said. “What are you doing? You have to play through Incognito. You have to catch covered balls. …My point is that every team in the league faces the same thing. They will have the best dual coverage receiver. What the best receiver should do is play through that coverage.”
For a team that was selling the idea that Lamb is an obvious upgrade over Cooper just a few months ago, it was a surprisingly critical moment early in the season. Especially after ownership spent months making clear how unhappy they were with Cooper’s mix of salary, production and availability last season. Not only did these three factors drive the sale of a good young player – Cooper dumped the Cleveland Browns for fifth-round pick – That led to Jerry Jones essentially suggesting that Dallas would be better off in 2022 with Lamb at the top of the depth chart.
That makes the early criticism a bit surprising, given that few of the attacking players played particularly well and coach Mike McCarthy has already answered questions about calling up offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Now talk of Lamb’s play will likely spark further speculation about Cooper’s trade, which has already been a hotly debated issue in the fan base for months.
But the swift and decisive move toward Lamb’s performance also raises more problematic questions. Has Dallas seen something he didn’t like about Lamb now that he’s worked the first role extensively over the past few months? Is there more than one bad game? And if the answers to those questions are “no,” why doesn’t the monarchy feel that Lamb deserves one game before he leans into criticism about his performance?
Whatever the logic, Lamb’s play will now be a focus moving forward, measured by Cooper’s performance in Cleveland – which did well on the film in its first week despite being undermined by a few fouls from Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Not to mention a brewing comparison with Michael Gallup, who has also been celebrated in the past by the Cowboys ownership as a player worthy of being widely seen as No. 1.
Add to the call-to-play dynamic of McCarthy and Moore and there’s plenty of early Dallas crime drama. And nothing if it is likely to improve before the return of the midfielder Dak Prescott and his broken thumb.