The NFL pregame coin toss has been the site of significant controversy over the years. Whether it was Phil Luckett mishearing Jerome Bettis on Thanksgiving or the Jets-Patriots overtime confusion in 2015, there have been far more disputes than there have any right to be.
And now we can probably add Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to the list of infamous coin toss mistakes.
At the coin toss of their game against the Los Angeles Rams today, the Cowboys won the toss. But when Prescott was asked what he wanted to do, he said the team wanted to “kick” and “defer.”
But referee Walt Anderson seemed to misinterpret what Prescott was trying to say. He then asked Prescott which direction Prescott wanted to go in.
NFL rules prevent a team from deferring the pick and picking the direction of the kickoff.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, that could come back to haunt the Cowboys. If Anderson interprets the NFL rules as the Rams having the option to kick or receive in the second half, that means the Cowboys won’t have received a kickoff at the start of either half.
Confusion at the kickoff. Referee Walt Anderson said the Cowboys want to kick after Dak Prescott said the team wanted to defer and kick. Prescott can’t defer and pick the direction of the kickoff. Interesting to see how this plays out at halftime. The Rams could conceivably get the ball to start the second half too.
Confusion at the kickoff. Referee Walt Anderson said the Cowboys want to kick after Dak Prescott said the team wanted to defer and kick. Prescott can’t defer and pick the direction of the kickoff. Interesting to see how this plays out at halftime. The… https://t.co/lj4Lo2xt4S
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) December 15, 2019
Considering how evenly matched the Cowboys and Rams have been in the first half of this game, every drive could be critical.
If the Cowboys end up losing by one score and Anderson gives the Rams the ball to start the second half, Prescott may never hear the end of it.
By the looks of things, the controversy has already begun. Prescott can be heard saying “defer,” but he did say he wants to “kick” first. We’ll see what happens in the second half.
Replay of the Cowboys’ call on the coin toss, which could mean the Rams got the ball to start the game and will have it to start the second half
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 15, 2019
The game is being played on FOX.