Jerry Jones is at it again. Following his team's third loss of the season, the outspoken Dallas Cowboys owner took aim at the coach who he had hand-picked to replace Wade Phillips last season.
With under six minutes left in the game and the score tied at 13, Dallas kicked a field goal to take the lead. The Dallas defense then stopped Tom Brady and the Patriot's offense. Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offensive unit regained possession of the ball with 3:36 remaining on the clock. At this point, Jones believes that Jason Garrett became too conservative with his play calling.
The Cowboys dialed up three straight running plays, forcing New England to burn two timeouts. After the Boys' three-and-out series, the Patriots got the ball back at the 2:31 mark and Brady led the offense to a late game-winning drive. Making it look way too easy, Brady found Aaron Hernandez in the end zone with just 22 seconds remaining.
According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Jones questioned his coach's decision-making from his luxury box.
"They’re gonna get at least a field goal. We’ll be lucky to get to overtime," Jones reportedly said after the Patriots got the ball back.
He took his criticism further after the loss.
"When you get in a situation like that, you’ve got to go for the kill," Jones explained. "I felt like we could’ve been more aggressive. Our defense had been good all day, but you knew Brady had a length-of-the-field drive in him – so it didn’t surprise me at all when he took them down at the end."
By going "for the kill," Jones likely would have wanted Garrett to put the ball in the hands of quarterback Tony Romo. Maybe he didn't remember -- or had intentionally blocked out -- the two epic Cowboys collapses earlier this season. Playing against the Jets in Week 1, Romo fumbled the ball in the red zone and threw an interception near his own end zone, allowing New York to come back and win 27-24. After building a seemingly insurmountable 24-point lead against the Lions, Romo threw three interceptions in the second half and Detroit went on to win 34-30.
While it always causes a fuss when an owner criticizes coach, it's not out of character for Jones, who has been critical of his players and coaches in the past.
As MJD of Shutdown Corner wrote, no matter what happens on the field in Big D, Jones will always be in charge. Whoever the coach is, he will always have to deal with that.