Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, admitted that he wasn’t happy how Lamb was utilized in the game. During an appearance on “96.7 The Ticket” on Wednesday, Aikman said the Cowboys hurt themselves by not putting Lamb in the best position to succeed.
“There was a lot of single coverage on CeeDee Lamb,” Aikman explained. “I hate going back to (when I was playing) because nobody cares, but what I see around the league — it’s not just Dallas, I’ve seen it with a lot of teams — a lot of these offenses want to scheme things. The coordinators, it’s all about scheme, rather than, ‘This corner is playing soft. He’s scared to death.’ Just run the route tree. Run a comeback. Run a dig route. Run a curl. Run anything.”
“You’re going to complete the pass whenever you want,” Aikman added. “(Michael Irvin) would’ve had 10 catches at halftime if they played us the way they played CeeDee Lamb in that game … The game is not that difficult. If I’ve got a great player at wide receiver and a corner is playing him in single coverage, throw him the ball. He’s going to win most of the time.”
Lamb had five targets from quarterback Dak Prescott in the game, his highest total in three games. Lamb, the second-year sensation, wrapped up the 2021 regular season with 79 receptions for 1,102 yards and six touchdowns.