Cowboys' Mike McCarthy Used Sledgehammer on Watermelons During Team Meeting

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2020

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy walks on the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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Mike McCarthy will be here all week. 

The Dallas Cowboys head coach, in a desperate attempt to motivate his team ahead of Sunday's 31-28 win over the Minnesota Vikings, pulled out a sledgehammer and some watermelons and went full Gallagher in a Saturday team meeting, per the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero: 

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

#Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy pulled out a sledgehammer during Saturday night’s team meeting and smashed watermelons like Gallagher to emphasize their objectives. Players roared, then responded with an inspired win in Minnesota. @nflnetwork https://t.co/oiUThTYuYJ

McCarthy later confirmed the report.

"It was just all part of the messaging," McCarthy said Monday, per ESPN's Todd Archer. "We had a number of points of emphasis that we were trying to hit, so a number of guys got to participate, and once again I'd say it was a lot of fun. It was well received."

You know things are bad when you have to resort to prop comedy. But hey, the 3-7 Cowboys apparently responded to the motivational tactics and are still, somehow, just a half-game out of first place in the hapless NFC East. 

And that might be the biggest joke of all.  


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