Clarence E. Hill Jr.: It's time for Cowboys to rein in special teams coach John Fassel

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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What it also did was take a possession away from the Cowboys’ offense that could have added to their 14-11 lead in the final minute of the half.

Yet, Fassel has no regrets and blamed Cowboys fans for his unnecessary aggression.

“The thought process was I think Cowboys fans aren’t the play-it-safe type,” Fassel said. “So I was going to give them what they wanted, come after [them] on the punt rush. So I hope they’re happy with it. We came after him. Kind of the mindset going into the game, we’re going to come after this football team.”

Well, no, Cowboys fans were not happy with his decision, including the biggest superfan of them all, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Jones, who made his money taking risks in the oil and gas business, prefers his special teams to be a little more prudent.

“I’m a little more conservative,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “I do believe the bad plays in the kicking game are the equivalent to turnovers. I really like to choose my spots on taking those kind of risks.”


That was not the spot to take the risk.

No wants you to take a punt return opportunity away from dynamic receiver CeeDee Lamb. No one wants you to prevent quarterback Dak Prescott from having an opportunity to work his magic in the team’s two-minute drill.

What’s worse is that Fassel said it was his decision alone, with no input from McCarthy.

“I think the only way to block the punt is to rush the punt,” he said. “I think he was OK with us following the game plan and coming after him. He was probably upset that we roughed them, or that they called roughing.”


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