Before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presumably sets sail on his fancy yacht this offseason, he had some time to dissect and reflect on his team’s NFC Divisional Round loss at the Los Angeles Rams. Of course, the 76-year-old billionaire is far from thrilled with the 30-22 final score, but he has one heckuva reason for why the NFL playoff exit happened.
Appearing on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, something Jones does on a regular basis, the reason why the Cowboys failed to stop the Rams’ attack of running backs C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley was due to the slippery field conditions and the wrong footwear.
That’s right, according to Jones, the inability to get traction on the Los Angeles Coliseum grass and giving up 273 rushing yards was partially because of the cleats Dallas players were wearing.
Oh, boy. Here we go again:
“I’ve had the benefit of the tape, looking at the tape, the evaluation by both scouts as well as the coaches. We frankly had never gotten traction. And I mean that literally. That was a slippery field. If I had to do it over again, we would be really scrutinizing our footwear. Our cleats. We had trouble digging in, so to speak.”
— Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
No matter how true this is, NFL fans will love to say this is a huge excuse, especially because it came from Jones.
“Well you say, ‘That’s an excuse.’ It is not because not only physically but we had trouble digging in with just the effectiveness of our defense,” Jones added. “And we did not stop them, and we did not stop the run.”
That was pretty evident. Anderson racked up 123 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns, while Gurley added 16 carries for 115 yards and another score.
There were clearly some issues during the entire game. Perhaps the cleats were a factor, but there is no going back. The game is ancient history and the Cowboys lost another NFL playoff game and will not play in the NFC Championship Game or Super Bowl, no matter how you look at it.