In news that will surprise no one that saw his reaction to the call on the sidelines, Cowboys’ cornerback Orlando Scandrick disagreed with the block in the back penalty that nullified Dez Bryant’s 35-yard punt return and ultimately cost the team 43 yards of field position on their final drive.
It was Scandrick’s second blocking-in-the-back penalty of the game, and it was arguably a major momentum stopper for Dallas, who would go on to lose the game in overtime after Dan Bailey attempted, and missed, a 49-yard field goal as time ran out on regulation.
“What am I supposed to do?” Scandrick asked after the loss, per ESPN Dallas. “Next time I’ll just turn around and stop.”
Of course, not everyone in the Cowboys’ locker room disagreed with the call. Acording to owner and general manager Jerry Jones, the call was the right one.
“You can’t touch people in the back,” Jones said. “That’s got to be coached. You cannot touch people in the back on kicking. And I’m not being critical of anybody. I’m just … the call was a good call. He hit him in the back.”
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