Stephen Jones: It's "Unfair" To Place Cowboys Offensive Woes On Play-Calling

Josh Clark
September 10, 2018 - 1:29 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Throughout the offseason, we heard the Cowboys coaching staff and front office use words like "Dak friendly" and "creative" to describe how the 2018 offense will look. 

After the Cowboys offense put up only 8 points in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, many were left wondering what happened to those declarations, pointing their fingers at Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett for their poor play-calling. 

Since Jerry Jones left the stadium without speaking to the media after the loss, Stephen Jones became the first member of the front office to comment on the offensive debacle, and he says the blame can't solely be placed on the play-calling. 

"It was our view (Jerry, Stephen and Will McClay), there were some things that show up that were good. But at the end of the day, you have to execute on a consistent basis," Jones said on the GBAG Nation on 105.3 The Fan. "There were times where we looked like we were going to get moving and we'd shoot ourselves in the foot. We can't have the penalties that we had there, we had some breakdowns in protection. ... At the end of the day, we have a lot of confidence that we're going to be able to get this right. And I think once we can get to where we can move the ball consistently and efficiently, then we got a chance to be a really good football team."

During Fox's broadcast of the game, former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was critical of the Cowboys offense and point-blank said: "I'm not seeing any creativity." When asked about Aikman's comments, Jones had an interesting take on the Hall of Famer's words. 

"I just think at the end of the day, everybody can play armchair quarterback and point fingers after the fact," Jones said. "I do think we need to figure out how to get in rhythm when you use six receivers and make sure everyone's in there for what they do best. I think that's a little bit of a work in progress. But I think it's unfair right now to point fingers at play-calling, whether it's Dak, whether it's our receivers, I just think we gotta do a better job overall of executing and I think this thing will come together.

"I think if we can execute and be more efficient moving forward, then I think we can win a lot of football games with this team. Certainly, there's nothing but improvement ahead as we move forward."