NFL coach’s sauce mishap stops presser

Dallas defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has been on the hot seat all season with the Cowboys defensive unit on pace to be the worst in the league this season and possibly one of the most embarrassing in franchise history.

Nolan, who was brought back to the NFL by new Dallas coach Mike McCarthy after being out of the league since 2014, was feeling the heat quite literally during a press conference a day after his side's abysmal loss to the Washington football team

Nolan got Tabasco chili sauce on his fingers and then started rubbing his eye during the Zoom call discussing defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence's form.

"He's been active every week as far as, I think, disrupting the quarterback. He's escaped several times to do that," Nolan said.

"Obviously, the frustration for him as well is -- look, it's when he misses them. Whoop, excuse me. I've got something in my eye. Just had some Tabasco on my finger, and it went in my eye.

"That wasn't good. Ugh. Terrible, geez. I'm sorry."

Nolan left the session for a couple of minutes to clean out his eye but was able to make it back to answer more questions.

"My eye feels a lot better," he said, "but it was burning."

The Cowboys have been a major disappointment this year after promising so much with a stacked line up on offence. But their defence has been a major problem leaking an obscene amount of points per game.

They have given up 243 points so far this season and are on pace to concede a whopping 555 points , which is more than they have given up in 11 seasons in franchise history.

They rank rank 27th in total defense (407.1 yards per game), last in rushing defense (178.3 ypg), last in scoring defense (34.7 points per game) and tied-for-last in takeaways (three).

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