There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Cowboys offensive struggles, but Cole Beasley is pointing a finger at Dak Prescott.
The Dallas Cowboys offensive struggles are clear and mostly centered on the passing game (31st in the league). Dak Prescott’s season total of 498 yards was nearly passed by Jared Goff on Thursday night (465 yards), and Cole Beasley is the Cowboys’ leading receiver (12 receptions for 132 yards) with the most targets (16) among the team’s wide receivers.
Allen Hurns practically begged to be more involved early this week, without pointing any specific fingers, with some merit after being targeted nine times in the first three games. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan followed Thursday with an indication the Dallas offense is ready to start “slinging it around”, while also hinting at a tighter rotation at wide receiver.
Beasley then became the latest Cowboys’ wide receiver to talk about the team’s struggles in the passing game.
We’re just getting open. That’s all we can do,” “If you watch the tape, that’s all you’ve got to do. A lot of people aren’t watching the tape. They’re just assuming. That’s fine. …It’s been working. You feel it. We’re moving the ball. I don’t know if it’s that they’re changing their defense or what but it’s working.
With the suggestion, he and his teammates are getting open, and even while backtracking with a consideration of “a lot of variables” in Dallas’ offensive struggles, Beasley is pointing a finger directly at Dak Prescott. It’s clear the third-year signal caller is struggling, dating back to last year. But the Cowboys’ offensive line is clearly in decline (11 sacks allowed), and the lack of talent outside of Ezekiel Elliott is glaring.
Beasley had the best season of his career in 2016 (75 catches for 833 yards) with Prescott under center. His being the team’s leading receiver (and the most targeted wide receiver) through three games points to that familiarity, even though it’s not ideal in the big picture. But instead of backing up his quarterback, Beasley is instead choosing to lead the finger-pointing.