Jerry Jones second-guesses Cowboys’ defense
Jerry Jones thought Monday night’s game had a chance to be a “track meet.” It quickly turned into one, and then the Chicago Bears started lapping their competition.
The Bears scored on their first eight possessions, easily overcoming the below-zero wind chill to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 45-28 at Soldier Field.
The frustrated Cowboys owner and general manager attempted to explain what went wrong defensively after the game. While doing that, Jones gave his opinion on how Monte Kiffin’s bunch can be better during the final three games of the regular season.
“We’ll have to make some adjustments with what we’re doing defensively,” Jones said. “What that usually means is taking more risks on defense. If you’re going to have the type of nights we had like tonight and certainly down in New Orleans, then you got to take some risks. We’ve just got to double up and I’m sure that will be a part of the plan on defense is more risks. We’ve got to play the balls. We got to go after the ball more.”
The Cowboys put little to no pressure on Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown. He threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another score and finishing with a 141.9 QB rating.
Dallas scored on the game’s opening possession, but Chicago responded with big play after big play. The Bears turned in 14 plays of 10 or more yards in the first half, allowing them to build a 24-14 halftime advantage.
“We can do some things different out there, it’s not as safe but it could me more effective, it could maybe get us a turnover when it might have made a difference and changed the tide out there,” Jones said about future adjustments. “I’ll assure you that we’ll be doing some different things up against Green Bay, there will be a little different cast of players out here against Green Bay, but they use their assets very effectively, those big receivers. The quarterback put it on them and we just couldn’t defend it.”