Whether the criticism was real or perceived, there were some fences that needed to be mended in the Cowboys locker room between quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Allen Hurns after some comments that were made in the aftermath of last Sunday’s 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans.
He also followed up with some comments to ESPN’s Josina Anderson with a criticism of a play call on Prescott’s second interception. Hurns said it was a bad call against the defense the Texans were running. He said he didn’t know Prescott had the authority to audible plays at the line of scrimmage.
Hurns said he was just being honest and was not throwing anyone under the bus. He said he didn’t feel a need to explain himself.
But actions speak louder than words and Hurns made a point to send Prescott a text message to alert him to a potential controversy.
“Things have been addressed,” Prescott said. “We’re great, good to go. Y’all take things and make it what it wants to be regardless of how they’re said or not. We addressed it, we’re great. I don’t think anybody has to defend themselves. In that case, I don’t think he needed to defend himself and I guess which way he was doing it, it didn’t come out the proper way or however it was. Honestly, I didn’t even read it, know it. Him being the great person he is, to give him compliments, sent me a message before I even found out anything about it. So then I had to do my research what was going on. We’re good here, squash that.”
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said has no problem with Hurns and what he said.
“That was a difficult look. We did not anticipate getting that coverage because of Dak’s mobility,” Linehan said. “I don’t put any stock in that as being critical. I am the first one to say we could have had a better call there. You can put that more on me not Allen Hurns. He is busting his butt. We are really happy with what he is doing.”
Should Prescott have audibled?
Linehan blamed the presence of Houston pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt and the need to have extra help protectors rather than a poor play call that needed to be audibled because of curl routes against two-man coverage.
“Not necessarily, the answer to that is you normally have the out-breaking routes,” Linehan said. “The problem is the outbreaking routes were chipping. You are not getting out. You are not getting those two man backs out of the backfield on the road against those two guys. That’s where we paid the price in your help protection in that particular case.”