Jason Garrett doesn’t want Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams to ‘inspire’ the team with choreographed celebrations again.
It’s an automatic penalty in the NFL for planned celebrations, and the Dallas Cowboys coach met with his receivers on their ‘dabbing’ celebration that drew an unsportsmanlike penalty.
Don’t expect to see joint celebrations by the Cowboys in the future.
“We addressed that,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to do that anymore.”
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Bryant explained the celebration after the game, believing that it served as a source of inspiration for the team. Of course, he didn’t want to get flagged for it, but didn’t seem to have any regrets about it.
“I’ll tell you this … you know those kinds of moments, we don’t want a flag, we don’t want that, but that strikes confidence,” Bryant said. “Everybody on the sidelines see it. The guys on the field, you know, it just gives you that extra boost of confidence. And I think that’s something that we needed.”
Well, one could argue that it inspired the Dolphins more than the Cowboys. That celebration penalty started a bad sequence of events for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys had to kick off from their own 20, and Dan Bailey had a poorly executed squib kick that went only 40 yards with the Dolphins taking over at their own 46.
Three plays and less than a minute later, the Dolphins had scored a touchdown to make it a 14-7 game at halftime.
“That whole sequence for everybody – on offense, the celebration; in the kicking game, not handling the kick the right way and then defensively not getting the stop – was the worst sequence in the game for us,” Garrett said. “But again, a great learning experience for everybody and we’ll try to use it as that.”