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Rest is Best: Failure to rest players contributed to Cowboys demise

Looking closely at last week's loss to the , we can clearly see plenty of errors on the team. Lots of blame has been thrown around the community lately due to the performance we all saw.

The ' problem came from the , as I stated in an article about how Head Coach Mike McCarthy is the problem.

Looking back at this article, no regret is present as he still is to blame for what happened. If that article wasn't enough to convince you, then another example of his failure is upcoming.

lost this game far before it ever even happened.

In the last week of the season, McCarthy made the decision to play all his starters in a near-meaningless game against the .

This game completely screwed up the timeline and forced the Cowboys to play with extreme exhaustion in their system against the 49ers. 

The only reason McCarthy played starters like , (who suffered a broken leg in last Sunday's loss), and was due to the fact that there was a small chance the Cowboys could clinch the #1 seed in the .

I won't go through the trouble of how that could have occurred, but at the time it was very unlikely.

McCarthy had the opportunity to rest his starters and throw in backup players. If he were to do so, Prescott, Pollard, Parsons, and more players would have been well-rested before the .

The Dallas Cowboys could have 100% won that game against San Francisco. The talent meter favors the Cowboys immensely over the 49ers.

The only problem was how the players felt deep down.

When you end your season on an emotional, terribly played football game, then what follows will simply be a mindset of defeat and exhaustion.

Looking back on the game, it is very noticeable to see our players breathing harder, and exerting more effort in their actions. I could also easily tell that the Cowboys were a bit slower than the 49ers.

This again can be chalked up to not resting at the end of the season.

As stated in an earlier article titled “Should the Cowboys play their starters against Washington,” I believed that the Cowboys should rest their team against the Commanders. The reason is so that everyone can be fully healed up and feeling good come playoff time.

McCarthy needed to let his players heal up.

I don't believe that Pollard wouldn't have broken his leg last Sunday if he rested beforehand.

Running Back Tony Pollard injured vs San Francisco 49ers (2023)

This is something that McCarthy should remember for the end of next season and take into consideration. Rest is always best, especially in a physical game like football.

Tony Stahl
Tony Stahl
Hey there! My name is Tony Stahl. I have two passions, writing, and football, when you put those two together you have where I am now, Inside the Star! I am 19 and live in Fort Worth and am a huge Cowboys fan. Football is my most favorite topic and I could talk your head off all day about it.

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