Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones wants the Cowboys defense to take more risks


The Dallas Cowboys made defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the scapegoat for their mediocre 8-8 season last year. The problem was an “overly complicated” scheme. They brought in Monte Kiffin to replace him.

In the aftermath of the loss to the Bears, Jones said he wants more risk taking in the defense. That sounds more like a Ryan defense than a Kiffin defense.

“I’m not talking about philosophy or I’m not talking about technique,” Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. “What I’m talking about is within what you saw out there (Monday night), there were times that we took more risk. They hit us on one when we were taking risks and actually scored a touchdown when we were taking more risk, but my quick first blush is we need to take more risks. A more conservative approach like (Monday), the results are probably going to be about the same, so we might as well try to somehow get more turnovers.”

“They gave us a lot of problems,” Jones said of the Bears. “They’re a good offensive team and we suffered because of it. They took us out of our offense. That’s the story of the game. But, on the short week, we’ve got to really turn around (for Green Bay on Sunday). What we told the players, the team’s got to do it. We’ve got to look for a way with whatever gimmick, whatever plan that we can to get the ball and get some either turnovers or get some possessions. Did we ever stop them one time tonight? Didn’t they score every time? Yeah, scored every time. That says it all. We’ve got to try to do something different.”

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  • SmartThinking

    Sometimes, I wonder if Jones is functioning in an alternate universe from the reality you and I live in.

    The Dallas defense never had a chance to risk anything last night. They were too busy being stomped on by the Bears. All night long the only thing the Dallas defense did was chase after Chicago. They were never in a position to take a risk.

    And besides, if the Dallas defense HAD taken risks, the score would have been even more lopsided than the beat down the Bears gave this team for the second year in a row.

    It’s these verbal sleight of hand comments Jones makes that tell me he’s either out of his mind or trying to divert our attention away from the real problem … again.

    As bad as last night was, it’s just the symptom of what’s wrong with this team. We’ve watched it unfold since the first game when New York gained 400 plus yards on Dallas in their loss. And, it’s only gotten worse each game since.

    What’s wrong with this team isn’t one or two players, unfortunately. It’s not even one or the other side of the ball. This team is infected from top to bottom and the only way to repair it is to cut out every problem from top to bottom, starting with the GM.

    Jones is the man who sets the tone for this team. His proclamations on this team taking more risks as the cure for its woes is just about as lame and ineffective as his understanding of how this team really fails under his leadership.