DOLPHINS: Jerry Jones sound like Wayne used to
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Sun Dec 21 09:12:08 GMT 2008
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Jones was asked over and over to clarify his comments, in part,
because they didn't make a lick of sense. Even after watching the
Ravens ice the game with 77 and 82-yard touchdown runs in the final
3:32 of the game, the owner blamed it on poor tackling, and said it
had nothing to do with coaching.
"That floors me," he said. "Those are missed tackles."
Show of hands real quick: did anyone see the Cowboys lay a hand on
Willis McGahee as he raced toward relevance to give the Ravens a 26-17
lead? Jones, who spent several minutes in the closed locker room
period asking quarterback Tony Romo to tell him what he saw out there,
clearly thought Saturday's loss was on the players.
Asked whether he'd consider firing his head coach if the Cowboys
missed the playoffs, Jones said, "Absolutely not. I don't have any
inclination about any coaching changes. None. None."
He then rolled out an explanation that made its first appearance last
month. Jones said Phillips is going to "do the best job of making his
head coach look good." When I reminded him that Phillips was actually
hired to be the head coach, Jones said he didn't want a "walk-around"
head coach. Translation: He wants a head coach who also coordinates
one side of the ball. The problem is that Phillips has always been
more successful with only one of those roles -- and I don't need to
tell you which one.
"Bill Parcells Jr. isn't gonna come in here," said Jones. "That's not
a cure-all. As I stand here right now, it doesn't make sense [to make
a change]. You look around at all the people who have changed and then
how many people end up winning the Super Bowl."
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