Jerry Jones says kneel-down is a 'wasted play'

BY foxsports • September 19, 2012

If the Cowboys have a lead and the ball in the final seconds Sunday afternoon, Jerry Jones won't be offended if Tampa Bay tries to force a fumble during the victory formation.

The Cowboys owner and general manager said Tuesday he's always been against the kneel-down play.

"I don't like it," Jones said. "Lamar Hunt tried several times to introduce a rule to have it voted on that you couldn't kneel down; you had to run a play. Unless you were trying to advance the ball, then you got a penalty and the time didn't run off the clock. It's not a good play."

The Buccaneers brought pressure while the New York Giants were trying to run out the clock with a final kneel-down. Several Giants players were knocked down, including quarterback Eli Manning. Giants coach Tom Coughlin was visibly angered by the play and had a heated exchange with Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano during their postgame handshake.

"It was a little bit of a cheap shot," Manning said after the 41-34 victory. "We're taking a knee in a friendly way, and they're firing off. It's a good way to get someone hurt."

Regardless whether it was a cheap shot or not, Jones doesn't sound like he's siding with the division rival Giants on this one.

"I've always thought that that's a wasted play for our fans," he said.