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Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 8:49 pm
The Cowboys' running game is in shambles and losing Jones doesn't help. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

In addition to concerns about the Cowboys' ultra-conservative play-calling late in the game against the Patriots Sunday, there's more bad news for an offense that has received plenty of criticism this season: the high-ankle sprain running back Felix Jones suffered in Foxboro will keep him out for a considerable time, which means he'll be sidelined for Week 7 and likely beyond.

Jones left in the first half with just 14 rushing yards on eight attempts. And his backups didn't fare much better. Tashard Choice rushed five times for 14 yards, and DeMarco Murray rushed 10 times for 32 yards. This came against the NFL's 25th-ranked run defense, according to Football Outsiders. Unfortunately, the Cowboys' run offense is dead last.

And we saw why Sunday. Inexplicably, the Cowboys decided to run the ball late in the game and, predictably, it cost them. Even Dallas owner Jerry Jones knew that. "You'll always second-guess whether or not we should have tried to run a little offense down there instead of running it three times. We went conservative rather than try to get some points and it bit us." 

Jones, according to's Michael Silver, had some additional thoughts on the drive in question. “When you get in a situation like that, you’ve got to go for the kill,” Jones said. “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.”

Even with Felix Jones out, NBC reported Sunday night that Choice was on the trading block.

Whoever's in the backfield, the Cowboys have to be able to run the ball.

"We've got to be more consistent with it," tight end Jason Witten said of the running game, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "[The Patriots] are big up front. We knew that. But we have to be better at it. There are no excuses. You have to find ways to run."

Whatever fate awaits Choice, Murray, a rookie and former third-round pick, says he's ready for a bigger workload with Jones out.

"When I get an opportunity when I'm in there, I'm just going to try to make plays and continue to work hard," he said. "I think Felix is going to make a full recovery. I think he'll be fine. He's tough. He's a fighter."

In other injury-related goings-on, there's more bad news for Dallas. Starting guard Bill Nagy will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle suffered during the Patriots game. CBS Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman writes that veteran Derrick Dockery has been out for three weeks with a broken tibia/sprained knee. If he's not ready to return, outside help at guard could be on the way.

UPDATED 8:44 p.m. ET: Garrett said today that he and Jones had a good conversation today about Sunday's game.

"I think everyone is well intended," Garrett said. "Everybody is passionate about it, and when you lose a ballgame like that sometimes things are said and you've just got to kind of understand what the environment is, process it and move on. We all went up there and we swung the bat hard against New England. ... We came out on the short end of it. We've got to somehow process that and go forward. We have a great challenge this week against St. Louis."

And though he might not have intended for it to sound this way, some of his comments made it appear that he wasn't really blaming the coaches for Dallas' inadequacies.

"We work these situations over and over and over again, in hopes that when we get in those situations, we can execute ball plays to allow us to win," Garrett said. "At the end of this thing it comes down to execution, and we have to be able to block them, we have to be able to run, we have to be able to throw and catch, we have to be able to tackle, we have to be able to catch the ball on defense, make a play. And as coaches, what we're trying to do is put our players in a position to do that as well as we can."

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Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:04 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

I'm no happier about the losses this year than any other long time Cowboys fan, but I AM glad that Jerry is FINALLY waking up to what some of US have SEEN for four long years now. Garrett might be GREAT on a Gameboy! But, as an OC much less a HC he's been the problem since he got there. He has NO CLUE and when it comes to SITUATIONAL play calling THAT is when he's at his worst. The play calling at the end of the Pats game was his over reaction to Jerry's criticism of his play calling against Detroit, Two VERY different situations and Garrett made the WRONG choices in EACH of them. I wasn't happy about the Cowboys hiring ANY Ryan; but credit where it's due Rob has done a GREAT job with what he has; hopefully in the NEXT draft he'll get MORE than an injured LB and a CB with 2 ints in 4 years! Now, if Jerry can just find some one to run the offense who knows what he's doing!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:38 am

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

I keep writing the same thing in every article like this.  This is real simple.  Give credit where credit is due.  The Patriot's much maligned defense played a heck of a game and made more big stops when it counted than Dallas.  That's it.  Talk about Romo choking or a poor running game is foolish.  You aren't going to have a lot of success when Carter has two sacks and Wilfork/Haynesworth continually pushing the Dallas offensive line backswards.  The Patriots have shown they can throw at will, the running game is solid, and now the defense is improving.  

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:57 am

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

Jerry Jones questions the play calling on offense from last Sunday's game. Ironically Jerry, Dallas fans have been questioning your personnel acquisitions for the last 15 plus years.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:02 am

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

So, has it been 15 or 16 straight years that the Cowboys were overrated at the beginning of the season?  Anybody, I've lost count.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:21 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

Yeah. 'just terrible' on the last drive?

They  shouldn't have been out there.

You  must be Garrett's moron daughter.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:44 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

I was at the game.... the play calling in the 2nd half was terrible and Garrett should be slapped for it.... they were playing single coverage and 10 yards of Dez Bryant the whole game.... even in the red zone.  How do you not throw 3 jumps balls in the end zone to see if he can catch one for a TD over that pitiful secondary.  The Defense played great and I dont blame them for giving up the TD at the end... it was an All Pro precision throw by and All Pro.... if Dallas scores a touchdown being 1st and goal from the 5, that throw only ties the friggin game.

Disgruntled Boys fan in Beantown.......  

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:18 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

I love dumb comments like this one. Three Superbowl rings does not make you a bad owner, and Romo is a choke artist but not an average QB he puts up numbers like anyother elite QB out there just blows the game away at the end.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:15 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

DeMarco Murray is now up for the Cowboys, not much production on the early weeks because of injury, but now there are the chance for him to thrive with Jones out.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:47 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

I love dumb owners ... Dallas sucks and Romo is average at best ... deal with it! Tongue out

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:46 pm

Felix Jones to miss time, Jerry Jones questions O

JERRY,  It's not the freaking play calling, learn football!  It's the stinking offensive line which is causing an inability to run the football - PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!   
But you head coach should know that if your "stinking offensive line" is causing a inability to run the football -- while your QB is hitting 66% of his passes for nearly 300 yards at that point shouldn't the play call be quick, fairly safe passes, to your playmakers like Austin, Bryant and Witten, or even a RB screen?  Anything other than 3 straight HB dives into the "stinking offensive line"?  Yes they need to be able to run the ball...especially in situations of big leads like the Detroit game...but here, when you haven't run well all day, throw the damn thing at least once -- 1 first down and the game is over.  The running play on 3rd only took an extra 30 seconds or so off the clock which would not make a huge difference on the Pats final drive and, with 13 yards needed for a first down, was almost guaranteed to fail to produce a first.

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