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10-07-2019, 02:52 PM #1
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Jerry Jones Trolls Ref After Coach Gets Flagged
Jack Baer,Yahoo Sports•October 6, 2019
Jason Garrett is fed up, everybody.
The usually reserved Dallas Cowboys head coach was livid in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers when a 25-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper by the sideline was ruled incomplete. The Cowboys were down 31-10 at the time and desperately needed the spark that catch would have provided.
During the play, it looked like Cooper hauled in the ball with his left foot inbounds while dragging his right toe. It was a great play, and Garrett responded to the call on the field by berating the official as he slammed his challenge flag to the ground.
The referee didn’t take kindly to that, hitting Garrett with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Garrett’s challenge ended up succeeding, giving Dallas the ball at their own 42-yard line but facing a first-and-25.
The Cowboys overcame that obstacle, driving down the field and scoring on an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown. That pulled the score to 31-17, but the Cowboys eventually fell 34-24, lowering their record to 3-2.
Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones react to flag after game
Garrett was diplomatic toward the officiating crew after the game, saying he had mishandled the situation.
"Obviously, I didn't handle that situation as well as I should have,” Garrett said, per ESPN. “I knew we were going to get the play because I saw it and unfortunately we had to use that flag there. And he made the decision to throw a flag on me."
Referee Ron Torbert reportedly explained to a pool reporter that the flag was for “abusive language toward an official,” rather than the manner Garrett threw the flag.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t impressed with that explanation.
"Oh, I hope the little darling didn't hear something he hadn't heard before," Jones said, per ESPN. "We should all stop the wheel over that if he got [a penalty for] abusive language."
10-08-2019, 06:13 PM #2