The Dallas Cowboys finished strong to close out a 38-23 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday, and got key contributions in “all three phases” of the game, but what turned into a convincing win wasn’t enough to make the Cowboys forget about those 13 penalties that hampered their effort through most of the contest.
“We’ve got to stop the penalties,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan on Monday morning, via the Dallas Morning News. “They’re inexcusable, yet we continue to have them. They kept drives alive for the Eagles a couple of times by being offsides. That’s just unacceptable.”
In a statistical oddity, the Cowboys are now 3-1 in the four games in which they’ve committed 13 penalties in 2012. Obviously though, this weird stat doesn’t do much to comfort the team, which seems well aware that their penchant for lofty penalty totals is bad for playoff aspirations.
“I know [Garrett] wants to do more. We talked about it,” Jones continued. “We addressed it after the game. He’s going to get with Rob [Ryan] and we got to do more because whatever we’re doing is not working. They pulled [Jason] Hatcher out of the game after his second consecutive offsides, but it’s got to be more than that."
“Somehow we got to get focused. For some reason, the guys continue to make those mistakes and at some point that’s going to cost us a game that may cost us our season.”
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