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Jason Witten: Sun no excuse for not catching ball

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs after catching a pass against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

During the second half of Sunday’s Cowboys-Giants game, it wasn’t hard to see light from the sun streaming through the west windows at AT&T Stadium nor was it hard to hear Joe Buck and Troy Aikman discussing the potential impact on receivers during the telecast.

That discussion seemed prescient when tight end Jason Witten failed to hold onto a ball while looking back into the sun in the fourth quarter. Witten admitted the sun was a factor, but not enough of one to explain why he didn’t catch the ball.

“Yeah, it was, but you know what you still should make the plays,” Witten said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There’s no question about that. The sun kind of got us on a little bit. But we still need to make those plays. I need to make it.”

Wide receiver Dez Bryant said it was a factor on a throw that Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made a nice play to break up earlier in the quarter. Given how unlikely it is that Jerry Jones will be radically changing the look of his stately pleasure dome, Bryant, Witten and everyone else on the roster will need to figure out how to make plays late in games regardless of the sun conditions.

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28 Responses to “Jason Witten: Sun no excuse for not catching ball”
  1. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 12, 2016 8:40 AM

    architect: “but mr. jones, at certain times of year that skylight will create problems on the field”.

    cowboys g.m., coach, physician, etc: “i don’t care what you think, i want a skylight and i want it right there. it’ll impress these fools and make ’em want to spend their money. and after all, that’s what this is all about….”

  2. SparkyGump says: Sep 12, 2016 8:45 AM

    Nothing is ever Jerry’s fault. Even the Mayans knew how to orient their temples correctly.

  3. knowledgeoverpower says: Sep 12, 2016 8:48 AM

    I remember an NFC championship game when Jimmy Johmson noticed a slick spot on the field at candlestick park. He intentionally had a receiver cut near the spot to lose a CB later in the game. Whether it’s getting players out of bounds, avoiding throws to the middle of the field when trying to advance with under a minute left, clock management, today’s Cowboys are woefully prepped for the llittle parts of the game. I wonder if there was any consideration given to that prior to kickoff?

  4. helicopterpilot13 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    As fall moves in and the sun continues to pivot further south, this should be a non issue. This was much discussed during the engineering of the stadium.

  5. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Sep 12, 2016 9:08 AM

    That stadium has the dumbest roof design in the NFL. Hands down. Why would you design a stadium where players’ safety is jeopardized by not seeing the ball because of blinding light pouring in on parts of the field? Epic fail.

  6. joecool16280 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:15 AM

    That’s was a legitimate reason for both those drops. It’s a real thing so I don’t fault those guys one bit.

  7. gintra44 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:15 AM

    maybe an intelligent coach calls a play to the opposite side of the field?

  8. arpy911 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:18 AM

    They were quick to crow about what a great home field advantage it was to leave those window curtains open last year so the Giants would have to operate facing them in the 4th quarter. What a shame.

  9. backintheday99 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    Like building a tennis court east to west. Brain dead. Jerry and the architect never caught a pass in their lives.

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    You can’t design the stadium to minimize the impact of sun in the players eyes?
    I would think is domething that is considered in every design.

  11. tony1oh1no says: Sep 12, 2016 9:58 AM

    Let’s not circumcise the mosquito.

    I’m taking away the huge positive that Dak played a hell of a game and looked legit in a real game against a division rival.

    This division will not be won or lost by one game in September.

  12. sportoficionado says: Sep 12, 2016 9:58 AM

    those were crucial plays that resulted negatively for the team, it has to be better–although to be clear J Witt’s one of the best to ever do it.

  13. dwarftosser says: Sep 12, 2016 10:04 AM

    Sun or night, it’s always fun watching Dez drop it.

  14. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 12, 2016 10:15 AM

    GOD hates the cowboys

  15. 1stargazer says: Sep 12, 2016 10:29 AM

    arpy911 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:18 AM
    They were quick to crow about what a great home field advantage it was to leave those window curtains open last year so the Giants would have to operate facing them in the 4th quarter. What a shame.

    Last year was a night game, so I don’t believe it was a factor.

  16. themage78 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:49 AM

    To all the people above mentioning the poor design: They have shades that they can put up to block the sun, but most times during late games the Cowboys don’t do this. It normally doesn’t affect their players because they chose the side of the field they want and it barely effects them.
    Yesterday the Giants chose the side, hence why the Cowboys had to play with the sun.

  17. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 12, 2016 11:26 AM

    So much for the Cowboys’ perfect season…

  18. brianyourwordsarehurtful says: Sep 12, 2016 11:50 AM

    What kind of fool keeps calling pass plays right into that sun-blinded spot on the field? Throw it to the other side!!!

  19. larryfinfan says: Sep 12, 2016 12:16 PM

    Class Act….any way you look at it…

  20. abninf says: Sep 12, 2016 12:40 PM

    TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says:

    That stadium has the dumbest roof design in the NFL. Hands down. Why would you design a stadium where players’ safety is jeopardized by not seeing the ball because of blinding light pouring in on parts of the field? Epic fail.
    ====================================

    Yeah, it’s amazing how players survive outdoor stadiums.

    You Millennials. Eh.

  21. demskinsbaby says: Sep 12, 2016 1:02 PM

    Best offensive line in the league?!

  22. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 12, 2016 2:41 PM

    Epic fail. Typical Cowboys. Nice team you put together Big Jerr.

  23. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:13 PM

    Jerry needs to just close that roof. That’s ridiculous.

  24. kev86 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:41 PM

    you would think dallas would have known better. giants fans are laughing today.

  25. mindelm42 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:14 PM

    Why would you spend all that money on a state of the art building and NOT know the sun would be a factor late in a 4 pm (Eastern) start?

  26. bkostela says: Sep 13, 2016 10:53 AM

    tony1oh1no says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:58 AM
    Let’s not circumcise the mosquito.

    I’m taking away the huge positive that Dak played a hell of a game and looked legit in a real game against a division rival.
    ____________

    Dak currently ranks 32nd in the NFL in yards per attempt after one game. I wouldn’t classify that as playing a “hell of a game”.

  27. jmuller516 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:13 PM

    Dak dinked and dunked the whole game.. Not even close to “playing a hell of a game”…

    I truly wonder what some of you watch.

    The Giants had BOTH safeties in the box damn near every play and he still refused the throw the ball deep.. He had about 8-9 throws that are NFL caliber and he MISSED them all.

  28. bigbluefan56 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:29 PM

    Hate to admit it but this guy is a class act. And a GIANT killer… EVERY… DAMN…. TIME!!!

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