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Jones says Tampa 2 will remain in Dallas for future

Monte Kiffin AP

While he didn’t speak to the future of the coach who installed it, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones endorsed the Tampa 2 defense, saying it was the future of the team.

Of course, that transition from their old 3-4 has led to a last-in-the-league defense, which is threatening many records for futility heading into tomorrow’s finale against the Eagles.

This is the system we want to be in going forward,” Jones told Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Nothing about this year has discouraged us from this system.”

The Cowboys have already broken franchise records by allowing 6,279 yards, 4,360 passing yards and 367 first downs. But Jones is putting more stock in the fact they played one of their best games against the Eagles earlier this year, limiting them to three points and 278 yards.

“I like where we are this week, what we’re doing in our game plan, and in my mind we’re a better defense,” Jones said. “We’re going to have our personnel that’s going to be on the field have more repetitions [than they have had].”

Jones didn’t specifically address the future of coordinator Monte Kiffin, saying he wanted to focus on this week. But it’s reasonable to ask if the 73-year-old has much of a future there, considering the results this year.

But the Cowboys have also been hammered by injuries which kept many of their best players off the field. Getting some of them back next year might make the scheme look better.

If only because it can’t get worse.

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47 Responses to “Jones says Tampa 2 will remain in Dallas for future”
  1. dccowboy says: Dec 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    getting a couple of decent DTs might help as well.

  2. johnster67 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    For the record, Jones is an idiot

  3. thegonz13 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    Whooppee! You’re going to keep a system that doesn’t work because of ONE game.

    Small wonder Jerrah is the worst GM since… well, Al Davis!

  4. bcfalcon says: Dec 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    The only thing holding the cowboys back is their horrible SOB G.M.!

  5. ttommytom says: Dec 28, 2013 1:25 PM

    Long live Jerry Jones..

    He finds new ways to be incredibly stupid, bringing humor to my every day.

  6. nnagi says: Dec 28, 2013 1:26 PM

    Way to go Jerry, keep showing the league what a football guy you are…

  7. surfinbird1 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:33 PM

    Jerry’s daily column.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 28, 2013 1:33 PM

    Tough system to make work without good personnel and coaching. They’ll continue to get exposed for a long time on this side of the ball.

  9. threedeep1998 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:34 PM

    Wow. Dallas needs a real GM. Tampa 2 is horrible.

  10. nfl4days says: Dec 28, 2013 1:38 PM

    Tampa 2 is GARBAGE. This isnt 1995 jerry. The game has passed you and Monte “the mummy” Kiffin by.

  11. dawsonleery says: Dec 28, 2013 1:44 PM

    Jerry Jones is a genius…. Just ask him and he’ll tell ya.

  12. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 28, 2013 1:45 PM

    It’s almost like he enjoys torturing the citizens of Dallas.

  13. mungman69 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:47 PM

    Cowboys will win because with Ortin they won’t make any mistakes and the Dallas defense will shine, AGAIN, against the Eagles. The Cowboys just simply have the Eagles’ number.

  14. mungman69 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:47 PM

    Cowboys will win because with Ortin they won’t make any mistakes and the Dallas defense will shine, AGAIN, against the Eagles. The Cowboys just simply have the Eagles’ number.

  15. itsnotforme says: Dec 28, 2013 1:47 PM

    Jerry;
    Will you please share wth the rest of us whatever you are drinking? My mind must be clouded ,because I have not been seeing or feeling the same things you are!!!

  16. duffer58 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:49 PM

    Monte unlike his son has proven for years he can do the job. In fairness to Cowboys they have been devastated with injuries. Jerry is the problem not the coaches.

  17. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Dec 28, 2013 1:52 PM

    “Nothing about this year has discouraged us from this system.”
    Wow !! What year are you watching ??

  18. w2lucky says: Dec 28, 2013 2:08 PM

    “and in my mind we’re a better defense,” Jones said.

    And there you have the real problem. He has lost his flippin mind.

  19. MichaelEdits says: Dec 28, 2013 2:18 PM

    Jerry Jones, defensive coordinator

  20. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    You should never begin a sentence with the word ‘but’.

  21. craigkintexas says: Dec 28, 2013 2:20 PM

    And the Allas Cowboys fans keep pouring their money into his till……..LOL. There’s a sucker born everyday and Jerry knows it!

  22. cornebusc says: Dec 28, 2013 2:29 PM

    Kiffin sucks. He ruined SC’s defense before the Cowboys.

  23. officialgame says: Dec 28, 2013 2:30 PM

    As long as Jerry is the Boys GM it’s Christmas every day for the rest of the NFC. Man, talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

  24. tremoluxman says: Dec 28, 2013 2:36 PM

    I like where you are, too, Jerruh — on the Suck Express to Nowhere.

  25. sylar1888 says: Dec 28, 2013 2:37 PM

    The cover 2 defense only works when you have four down lineman (i.e. the Rams front four on their defense) who can get to the QB “fast,” and stop the run on the way there. Without a pass rush, no team’s secondary would stand a chance in space, in a cover 2, with the good athletes on offense the NFL has in today’s game.

  26. FinFan68 says: Dec 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    There will be a coaching change very soon. Garrett is a horrible HC. Lovie Smith can make a decent defense out of what they already have. He is also a “yes man” which is the only type JJ will hire.

  27. realitycheck75 says: Dec 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    Since Jerry lives in LA LA land, aka, his own inept mind, let’s see how real his statement is.
    Tampa 2 is an archaic defense first off.
    But in order for it to be run effectively, you need to have an elite safety. It’s all based on zone coverage. Having a safety that can give help over the top, cover slot receiver & step up & stop the run. And having that zone coverage allows the defensive front to get pressure on the qb.

    So, if he’s serious about keeping this garbage defense, he better draft a safety with their first pick. Because if not, our defense will continue to look like chickens running around without heads.

    Just a reminder. This is the same guy who drafted the TE Escobar, because he wanted to implement more of how Cincinnati runs their offense… Double tight end sets to make the linebackers drop back in coverage & run the ball more.
    Yeah, that’s worked out sooooo well Jerry.

    The guy is so delusional, he’s not even a legend in his own mind.

  28. hawkforlife says: Dec 28, 2013 3:02 PM

    According to NFL.com there are currently 19 other coaches on that team besides Kiffin. Do you think Jerry asked even one of them their opinion?

    We all know the answer.

  29. meatcarroll says: Dec 28, 2013 3:02 PM

    The Tampa 2 is the most overrated system in NFL history. Any defensive scheme would look amazing if you had Hall of Famers like Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and John Lynch all on the same team in their primes.

  30. meatcarroll says: Dec 28, 2013 3:02 PM

    The Tampa 2 is the most overrated system in NFL history. Any defensive scheme would look amazing if you had Hall of Famers like Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and John Lynch all on the same team in their primes.

  31. abninf says: Dec 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    The Tampa 2 held the Eagles to three points. Jerry Jones has three rings. The Eagles organization as a whole has zero. None. How embarrassing that must be for Philly fans.

  32. 25cuts says: Dec 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    You do realize the eagles are going to put up huge numbers Sunday night. Have you seen the eagles lately? The loss to Minnesota is history. They rebounded vs the bears very well. Orton is going to get lots of pressure like cutler did. See you in philly for round 1 of the playoffs.

  33. rcali says: Dec 28, 2013 3:14 PM

    Yikes. This is looking more and more like the last decade of the Al Davis era.

  34. blynch67 says: Dec 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    As a Giants fan, I applaud the Cowboys GM for being so steadfast in the face of mountains of contrary evidence.

    Keep up the great work, Jerry :)

  35. countduku says: Dec 28, 2013 3:29 PM

    Of course he says that! Lovie Smith will be the head coach next year, and bring in his dominating version of the tampa 2 defense. Mark my words.

  36. jadaruler says: Dec 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    Jones really believe he would have a starting line of Spencer, Ware, Ratliff, and Hatcher. Only Hatcher has been somewhat healthy.

    Lee has been hurt a majority of the season (and his career), Carter has struggled in the Tampa 2 and the secondary has been brutal. I can’t blame Monty for all of this

  37. smartanis says: Dec 28, 2013 3:50 PM

    So a return to the 3-4, a new coach and a trade up for Bridgewater. Got it.

  38. dubblelznhell says: Dec 28, 2013 4:20 PM

    Jerry needs to step down. He’s clearly losing his mind and all those concussions he had in college are finally catching up to him

  39. spyder9669 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:21 PM

    As a miserable vikings fan I can tell you that the only thing the tampa 2 is good for is giving up huge chunks of yards. Its no surprise both teams are breaking records for defensive futility.

  40. drakost says: Dec 28, 2013 6:04 PM

    “I like where we are this week, what we’re doing in our game plan, and in my mind we’re a better defense,”

    This coming from the man that feels he is a great GM.

    This coming from the man that felt TO would fit in.

    This coming from the man that feels that Jason Garrett is a great coach (not knocking Garrett one bit but he is not HC material).

    Jerry your obviously a great business man, however as an owner you suck. Unfortunately you are an even worse GM.

    Signed,

    Cowboys fan for life.

    PS Why would you fire Ryan??? WHY??? FOR KIFFIN??????

  41. drakost says: Dec 28, 2013 6:07 PM

    For the record I also believe that we will beat the Eagles because we might actually RUN the ball a little more. Everyone knocks Romo for the untimely blunders, however when 80% of the offense relies on your arm, your bound to make mistakes.

  42. axespray says: Dec 28, 2013 6:47 PM

    So a game against Mort Barkley is all the evidence that Jerry needs to keep the Tampa 2?

  43. tubbman27 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:08 PM

    How does a simpleton like me see that the Cover 2 saw it’s demise years ago and a billionaire NFL owner/GM insists on using this dinosaur scheme? Look for the Cowboys to install the Delaware Wing T next year on offense. What a mess.

  44. sethrysharp says: Dec 28, 2013 8:56 PM

    Jerry,

    You have made plenty of money on the backs of dedicated Cowboys loyalists. Please sell the team.

    Thanks,

    S

  45. prijak1 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:48 PM

    Jerry Jones has dementia …. Tampa 2 is a joke of a defense ! Cowboys will never be a Super Bowl team Jerry Jones is just taking them to the mud …. I’m sure everyone in college and te NFL is laughing at Jerry

  46. prijak1 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:52 PM

    Can Steven jones throw some water in his dads face. Maybe Jason Garrett can slap Jerry’s face and tell him to wake up because his ship is sinking !

  47. biglosruiz says: Dec 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    Jerry is a total imbecile ….. no doubt about it. ..

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