DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – With the Dallas Cowboys coming off a shocking second-half loss to the LA Rams last week, team owner Jerry Jones says that help is on the way to revitalize the fractured defense.
Owner & General Manger Jerry Jones said he thought his Dallas Cowboys were the dominant team coming into the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but when the visiting Rams rallied in the second half for the win, Jones admitted “we got a little full of ourselves.”
But Jones wasn’t as quick to condemn the shortcomings of his own team, a team that has seen both offensive and defensive issues for the past couple of weeks, as he was to compliment his former coach Wade Phillps who is now the defensive coordinator for Los Angeles.
“I knew they had changed how they were playing us, to Wade’s (Phillips) credit” said Jones.
The Cowboys held the Rams to 131 yards in the first half, but the absence of All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee because of a hamstring injury showed up after halftime. After punting on their first possession of the second half, the Rams scored five straight times.
With a few early season injuries, along with some suspensions, the Cowboys will soon be back up-to-speed.
“I know what Sean Lee means and I think we ask a lot of Jaylon Smith” said Jones. He also said that he sees Jaylon and MLB Anthony Hitchens, “both playing a lot.”
Also returning this week will be Anthony Hitchens.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the team expects the defensive lineman to arrive on Tuesday.
Irving was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
“The hope is to get him integrated and see how he’s doing,” Garrett said Monday. “We haven’t seen him in four weeks, but hopefully he’s in shape and ready to go. We’ll try to integrate him into practice on Wednesday and just see how he is and take it day-by-day. He’ll be in tomorrow.”
Irving had four sacks, four forced fumbles, and 17 combined tackles in 15 games last season.