Sunday was an awful day for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a devastating ankle injury while the Cowboys were playing the New York Giants. Prescott dislocated his ankle and reportedly had surgery on Sunday night to repair a compound fracture.
With Prescott now out for at least the rest of the season, Cowboys players and fans are both lamenting his injury and trying to be positive about the team’s 11 remaining games. What nobody needed was NFL analyst and former coach Tony Dungy using the worst possible words to talk about how the Cowboys can move forward.
Tony Dungy says that the Dak Prescott horrible injury "might be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys."— Matt Clapp (@Matt2Clapp) October 12, 2020
You heard that right. Dungy said that Prescott’s injury “might be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys.” He said that while sitting in front of a camera during a live broadcast. Those words were formed in his brain, and he somehow decided they should actually come out of his mouth so other people could hear them.
Fans slam Dungy, who tries to clarify
It’s difficult to see anything as a blessing in disguise after your franchise quarterback suffers a catastrophic season-ending ankle injury, especially on the same day the injury happened. Fans were definitely not impressed with Dungy’s choice of words or his analysis of Prescott’s injury, and they let him know.
Really, @TonyDungy? A blessing in disguise that Dak suffered a horrific injury? Choose your words a little bit better.— Cody Barfknecht (@codybarfknecht) October 12, 2020
Imagine Tony Dungy EVER saying this about Peyton Manning in Indy. Pretty incredibly bad look for Dungy, the cobwebs on his broadcasting career are really starting to show.— Lifelong fan of wearing masks (@joechehly) October 12, 2020
We seriously can’t do better than Tony Dungy on these broadcasts? https://t.co/VSLNtHeKVv— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) October 12, 2020
excuse me tony dungy no it is not a blessing in disguise what the absolute wrong thing to say— Jolleen (@JolleenQ) October 12, 2020
“A blessing in disguise”? About as bad a take as you can get from Tony Dungy on @snfonnbc - I am all for looking on the bright side of things, but if it takes someone’s career possibly ending to get back to basics? It’s not the time, Tony. pic.twitter.com/Qe060ZbU59— Fitzy (@FitzyGFY) October 12, 2020
Dungy didn’t apologize for his truly terrible choice of words, or for his “let’s all look on the bright side of this potentially career-altering injury” tone, but he did try to clarify what he meant.
Blessing in disguise was a poor choice of words by me. It’s not a blessing for Dak. What I meant was that for the Cowboys the season is not over. Andy Dalton is very capable and changing the focus back to Elliott could help the defense. But I feel very badly for Dak. https://t.co/MKA9TpzbKW— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) October 12, 2020
Nice try, Tony. It’s hard to see what the “blessing” could be when the Cowboys now have to depend on Andy Dalton, who looked absolutely washed with the Cincinnati Bengals over the past few seasons. Returning the focus to running back Ezekiel Elliott wouldn’t be a bad thing, but it remains to be seen whether Dalton and the offensive line are capable of making that happen.
Regardless of why Prescott’s injury “might be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys,” there were better ways to phrase it. This is a situation no one wants to be in or talk about, so it’s probably wise to stay away from words like “blessing” for the foreseeable future. In fact, just remove the word “blessing” from your vocabulary anytime you’re talking about the impact of an injury.
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