Jerry Jones Backs Off Criticism of Coaching Staff

Jones offered some strangely-timed criticism of the Cowboys coaching staff following Monday night's win over Washington

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still sounds pretty frustrated with the way the 2015 season has gone, but on Friday he attempted to clarify his comments after the Monday night victory over the Washington Redskins, which seemed to place the blame for the team’s inability to win without Tony Romo at the feet of the coaching staff.

In an interview on 105.3-FM The Fan, Jones credited the staff for having the team prepared to win a close, ugly game like the one on Monday in Landover, before again wondering why they couldn’t have won at least a couple of the ugly, close games they were in during that seven-game losing streak.

“That’s coaching and that creates the kind of will and the kind of competitiveness that we’re seeing on this team and that we saw the other night against Washington,” Jones said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But you would have thought that the edge gives you an opportunity to win at least half of those games that were just right at the wire and that marginal. And, so, I think I used the word ‘hope.’ But I would have hoped, thought. I’m disappointed. I hate to use the word ‘flip of the coin,’ ‘luck,’ those kinds of things.

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“But I have a lot of respect for this coaching staff.”

Jones added that the blame extends up the ladder, to the front office he himself presides over.

“If you want to look at any aspect of this team, you can say, well, if we had been in better shape, had you had Matt Cassel in the spring rather than Weeden, and it is but I’m not trying to knock Weeden, but if we had had a guy like Cassel in here then we might have made a difference there,” Jones said. “So put that one ultimately on my shoulders for sure. So, it’s a joint effort when we are basically talking about anything that has to do with winning a football game.”

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