Finally someone besides myself has an answer for the Cowboys December struggles.
During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones blamed the Cowboys recent December Struggles on poor defensive play, and didn’t heap all the blame on the shoulders of Tony Romo.
“I think when I look at last year there’s no question, I’m gonna talk about Rob Ryan a minute, there’s no question we were rendered almost really helpless as the last part of the season came along to really be what we wanted to be defensively,” Jones said. “We’re not that way this year.”
Jones didn’t totally absolve Romo, and let it be known that December is when reputations are made and destroyed.
“We’ve always known that what they remember is what you do in December,” Jones said initially on the topic of his teams struggles down the stretch. “And I say that with a smile on my face. But this is usually — hopefully — when you’ve got a team far enough along in the standings that what you do here is your season. And this is really no exception at all.”
“I think it’s real and I don’t mean to be trite, but you can probably tie that to why we have had disappointments in December,” Jones said. “It’s hard to build up enough edge to play at that level in December, so you’d better have your arrow going up rather than going down.”