So far this season, Lamb has a total of 975 yards and 68 receptions. On Sunday against the New York Giants, he had 151 yards on 11 receptions and two touchdowns, which minted his way into NFL history.
On his 11th reception, he set an NFL record for having his third consecutive game with 10+ catches and 150+ receiving yards.
How Coaches Supported CeeDee Lamb’s Historic Catch
The Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer pulled the curtain back to the moments leading up to Lamb’s 11th reception.
He said he didn’t know about the record before the game but did find out when the team was substituting players in the fourth quarter and after Dak Prescott’s final touchdown to Lamb with a little more than three minutes left in the game.
Some trickery as CeeDee Lamb gets it on the end around and runs it in for 6!
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“At that point, I went to Mike [McCarthy],” Schottenheimer said. “Because that’s gotta come from the head coach, and he said, ‘Let’s do it.’ I think that’s a credit to Mike. You’re talking about something historical.”
The offensive coordinator says this moment displays the kind of head coach McCarthy is in appreciating how hard the players work.
“He would have done it for anybody, and that shows you the type of relationship he has with the team and the players,” Schottenheimer said.
After the game, McCarthy spoke about Lamb breaking this record and how it ties into showing his players respect.
“How many times are you in a position like that? You feel worse as a coach if you walk in there and you ask me, ‘Why the hell didn’t you leave him out there for nine yards?’ I’ve had it happen before. This league is so competitive when you are in that position. I think it’s the respect that you should show your players to accomplish that record,” said McCarthy on Sunday.
Cooper Rush’s Involvement in Lamb’s Record-Breaking Catch
Schottenheimer went on to mention that Lamb wanted to break the record, and after talking through it with the appropriate chain of command, it made sense to do so in Lamb’s final two receptions.
In fact, he admitted that it was communicated to Cooper Rush not to force anything but to pass the ball to Lamb if he was available.
However, according to Schottenheimer, Prescott wanted to go back in the game at that point to make the final passes to Lamb.
After the game, Schottenheimer mentioned to Lamb that he hoped the NFL would ask to preserve his cleats from Sunday’s game to display in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Although he doesn’t know if that will be the case for Lamb’s shoes, the coordinator echoed multiple times how proud he is of Lamb, who is just scratching the surface of what’s ahead.
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