Jerry Jones will defend his team and players to the bitter end no matter what, but even he is calling the Cowboys’ recent three-game losing streak and run of abysmal second halves “indefensible.”
Jones was positive in saying he is in support of head coach Jason Garrett, star wide receiver Dez Bryant and the rest of his team, but he made sure to say he wasn’t going to excuse anything that is going on.
“I’m defending because we’re coming off something that is indefensible in the three types of losses we’ve had,” the Cowboys’ owner and general manager said on his weekly spot on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via The Dallas Morning News. “Yet, you’ve got me answering questions to defend. I don’t resent it at all, but I want to put it in perspective that this is indefensible what we’re doing.”
It’s pretty simple what has happened to Dallas in its three-game losing streak. The team hasn’t played well offensively and has flat-out collapsed in the second half.
In those games, the Cowboys were outscored 30-0 in a loss to the Eagles, 17-0 vs. the Falcons, and then 25-6 against the Chargers during the second half. That is after outscoring their opponents 19-17 in the first half of those same games.
That is inexcusable in Jones’ mind, and it’s hard to argue with him. Eagles running back Jay Ajayi said the team quit in the second half of their loss last week, and while no one has called them out for such a thing from Thursday’s game yet, it’s hard to ignore how bad Dallas has been in the second halves of their last three games.
What’s worse, after throwing a mere four interceptions in the regular season last year, quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown five interceptions and no touchdowns in Dallas’ three games since losing Ezekiel Elliott to a six-game suspension. That is also indefensible after he won Rookie of the Year just one season ago.