The opposing fan issue at AT&T Stadium has created such a controversy that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo felt the need to call out his own fans after Sunday’s 20-17 overtime win against the Houston Texans.
It was the third home game this season that opposing fans made up at least an estimated 40 percent of the crowd. But unlike the previous two matchups against San Francisco and New Orleans, it was the first time it affected the home team’s ability to make calls.
The offense resorted to a silent count at home, prompting Romo to chastise Cowboys fans for selling their tickets.
Owner Jerry Jones, often blamed for the problem because of high ticket prices, understands both sides of the situation and doesn’t see it as a major issue.
He says the Cowboys have season-ticket holders from all over the state, Oklahoma, New Mexico and even Mexico. He says some of them don’t go to all of the games, putting tickets in the open market.
He said the lure of the stadium also has made Cowboys games the hottest selling ticket on the secondary market for opposing fans. And that’s not even considering the proximity of Dallas-Fort Worth being in the middle of the country, thus an easy travel destination.
“Well, first of all, I understand it,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “We have in this area roughly seven million people, but we have 20-something million people statewide. Now we get it from all over. We have 1,500 season-ticket holders from Monterrey, Mexico. The point is we’re all over, and they don’t make every game.
“By the way, that only represents maybe 20 percent, 25 percent. But when you got 91,000 people, you take 20 percent of that, that’s 20,000 people. That’s going to make some noise.”
Jones revealed that injured middle linebacker Rolando McClain has a chance of playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
McClain aggravated a groin injury in the second half of Sunday’s victory.
But Jones said on his radio show Tuesday morning that “there is a possibility” he could play against the Seahawks.
“Rolando looks good, according to our trainers [Monday],” Jones said. “He came in and they were pleasantly surprised. There is a possibility.”
While there is hope for McClain, it looks like strong side linebacker Bruce Carter will miss his second straight game with a quadriceps strain.
There are no must-win games in Week 6 of a 16-game season, but Jones does look at Sunday’s game against Seattle as a golden opportunity for his rising team.
Despite a 4-1 mark, which includes four consecutive wins, the Cowboys will head to Seattle as a decided underdog, per Jones.
Seattle is 17-1 at home since the start of the 2012 season.
“I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything,” Jones said. “We got a lot at stake. Expectations are not high. But if you won a game like this you could change a lot of things. Those are the kind of opportunities you wish for. That’s what we got in Seattle. We will see.”
Backs want more
Backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are ready for more.
“I’m ready to play,” Randle said Tuesday. “They call my number, [I’m] going to be ready.”
On Monday, coach Jason Garrett reiterated what Jones said last week: The Cowboys want to reduce DeMarco Murray’s workload by giving the other running backs more touches.