Jerry Jones: Cowboys Defense ‘Bending Too Much’
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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – When Jerry Jones recruited Monte Kiffin to run the ‘Tampa 2′ in Dallas, he envisioned the defense adopting a simple philosophy: ‘bend don’t break’.
The defense has certainly bent, allowing nearly 427 yards per game. But is it broken?
Jones joined the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan on Friday and spent time clarifying his statements which called for more ‘risks’ from the league’s worst defense.
“If you usually are more aggressive on defense, then you’re potentially taking more risk,” said Jones. “The way for that not to happen is just be so fundamentally sound at every position, personnel wise, that you can just more-or-less play it plain vanilla and get stops. Our philosophy, which I aspire to completely, is bend don’t break. While you’re bending, you need to do some things that potentially, when you’re bending too much — and I’ll smile when I say that — then you’ve got to take some risks.”
But what exactly does Jerry mean by ‘risks’?
“What those are, the nuances of those within the game can be a stunt, can be some risks in running lanes, risks in passing lanes, that if they happen to call the right play or take advantage of a bad play by a player, then it’ll gut you. That can happen to you. That’s risk.”
The Cowboys defense didn’t play with a high level of ‘risk’ in Chicago on Monday night, but were still gutted for 490 yards and scores on eight consecutive possessions. They failed to force a single punt or turnover.
So will things change schematically on Sunday when the Cowboys host Green Bay?
“I do think that you could see in our defense, some things that if you’d watched earlier the year, you might not have seen.”
Will the changes work? That’s an entirely different question, but the Cowboys will be facing backup QB Matt Flynn — not former MVP Aaron Rodgers.
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