Cowboys coach McCarthy blames last-minute Snafu on Pro Sports biggest scoreboard
By Tom Ami
Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy blamed SoFi Stadium’s extravagant 360-foot double-sided video panel a malfunction for its questionable handling of the clock at the end of Sunday’s Cowboys-Chargers game.
With just under 30 seconds left in the Los Angeles home opener, the Cowboys faced a third and short on the Chargers’ 38-yard line with one time out remaining. But instead of executing a play to get closer to the field goal, McCarthy let the clock go down to 0:04 seconds before calling a field goal for 56 yards.
McCarthy’s excuse was that a Dallas player made a mistake walking off the field – leaving them with 10 players – and that when he glanced over to see how much time was left, the The game clock had been removed from the giant video display board. McCarthy said offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s view of another stadium clock was obscured by a camera, forcing the head coach to ask coaches in an upstairs booth how much time was left.
“I’ve never had a clock gone wrong on me like that,” McCarthy said in his post-game press conference.
In response, Chargers spokesman Josh Rupprecht told SportTechie via email: “Can’t speak to what Coach McCarthy says he saw (only he can), but there was no clock malfunction or anything abnormal with the game clock inside the stadium yesterday. ”
The stadium’s Oculus video card is considered the largest of professional sports, weighing 2.2 million pounds, featuring 260 speakers and 70,000 square feet of LED lighting. By comparison, the Cowboys’ state-of-the-art, $ 40 million dashboard is three times the size.
Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Monday that McCarthy must have found a clock in the huge stadium and was not telling the truth.
“Lie! Lie! Lie! Lie!” Said Ryan. “I’ve seen this a million times with kids. Dude, you’re screwed … You know who hasn’t been cold-blooded? ‘head coach.’ ‘
Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein ended up converting the 56-yard field with no time left to win the game for Dallas.