Two days after openly questioning coach Jason Garrett's conservative game plan in a 20-16 loss to the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed support for his coach and wishes he would have not said anything at all.
"I would say that probably if I had that to do over again, I wouldn't comment, period," Jones said on his weekly Tuesday radio show on KRLD/105.3 FM. "I wouldn't even answer a question about it. I was asked the question and you can always say, 'No comment.'"
"But I did [comment], and I was real clear that this was a flip of the coin. That's what Jason frankly is paid to do, is make those decisions, and there's no one that I'd rather have make the decisions regarding our football team right now on an offensive play-call. There's absolutely no issue that I have with Jason Garrett's play-calling."
When asked about Jones' second-guessing on Monday, Garrett said he has no problems with the comments.
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"Anybody who has ever had the good fortune of working for Jerry Jones understands that he wants to win," Garrett said. "He's very passionate about the game and he's very emotional about the game."
Focus on routes
Receiver Dez Bryant has not caught a pass in the second half in three games this season. The issue was most acute in Sunday's loss to the Patriots when the Cowboys didn't even target Bryant in two trips inside the red zone when they had to settle for field goals.
Bryant was very emotional on the sideline about his lack of opportunities.
Jason Garrett was diplomatic about Bryant's inability to get the ball, pointing out that the Cowboys like to spread the ball around to a number of weapons.
Jerry Jones was more pointed on his radio show on Tuesday morning. He said Bryant needs to work harder and run better routes, while hinting that his route-running led to some interceptions against quarterback Tony Romo.
"Dez needs to concentrate," Jones said. " I'm not being critical of him, but he needs to continue to concentrate on his route-running because there's a reason for harping on running correct routes even though you're a great receiver and that is it gets you open and it causes other people to get open as well if each receiver will run his route."
The Cowboys let the trade deadline come and go without making any deals on Tuesday, but it didn't stop them making a few roster moves.
After putting guard Bill Nagy on season-ending injured reserve and re-signing guard Montrae Holland, the Cowboys ended the day by releasing rookie receiver Dwayne Harris and signing veteran guard Daniel Loper.
Loper has played with Tennessee, Detroit and Oakland during a six-year career.
Harris, the team's sixth-round pick in April, had served as the primary punt returner but didn't have a role in the offense.
The move also means that it's back to returning punts for receiver Dez Bryant, who could share the duties with receiver Kevin Ogletree and cornerback Terence Newman.
Bryant was injured returning punts in the season opener against the New York Jets.