Despite Loss to Steelers, Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy Sees Positives Heading Into 2021 NFL Season

Published 08/06/2021, 12:43 PM EDT
Aug 5, 2021; Canton, Ohio, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


There’s a lot of hope and optimism surrounding the Dallas Cowboys this season. With star QB Dak Prescott locked into a new four-year deal and several other key absentees from the 2020 NFL season returning, America’s Team is dreaming again.

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But the display of the Cowboys during the NFL Hall of Fame tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 5, brought them back to reality. The Cowboys lost 16-3 to the Steelers in a game nearly as uneventful as Super Bowl LIII.

But a loss is a loss. The Cowboys locker room atleast would’ve gotten a good morale booster after a woeful 6-10 2020 season. But despite the setback, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy remains optimistic.

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Positives for the Dallas Cowboys heading into 2021 NFL season

Speaking to the press after the game, Dallas Cowboys HC McCarthy said that though his team failed to win, he saw the foundation of a strong season ahead being set.

“We didn’t win the game, but I thought our guys did a lot of good things tonight,” McCarthy said via Dallas Morning News. “I feel good about the foundation we’re building.”

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Several Cowboys were missing from action. Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Pro Bowl linemen Tyron Smith and Zack Martin didn’t travel with the side for the game still recovering from injuries. Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup too didn’t make it on to the field for the game.

Aug 5, 2021; Canton, Ohio, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

McCarthy mentioned that given how COVID ruined preseason plans last year, he’s looking to make the most of this opportunity presented to him now to better incorporate the team’s style of play.

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“We want to win, absolutely. But this is about play style. The team needs to play a certain way. When your play style is right, the wins come.”

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And what might be the style of play coach McCarthy is referring to? By playing some good old complementary football. “We need to play better complementary football. That is a focus of ours this year, and I thought we took a step forward in that.”

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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