Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that after looking at all the replays, he believes Dez Bryant made the crucial catch that the referee said he missed in the fourth quarter today at Green Bay.
“I do think he made it, yes, and we had the opportunity to look at several angles up there, where I was sitting, and the answer is I do,” Jones said. “But we’ve had a lot — certainly we had the call last week in our game with Detroit, we had the ruling on [the NFL reversing the suspension of Detroit’s Ndamukong] Suh before that, so we’ve had a lot of re-looks at things around here, sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don’t.”
Jones said he didn’t want to rehash the play, but he believes the official on the field who ruled that Bryant caught the pass got it right, and the referee (and NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino, who consults with the referee on replay reviews) got it wrong.
“I’m not so much into talking about the judgment — it was judgment — the judgment of the officials,” Jones said.” It was just a bad time for us to have a play like that. To Green Bay’s credit, they were in a position to win the game and we had to make a play like that. In my opinion, we made the play.”
Jones is entitled to that opinion, but the rules of the NFL say that a receiver has to complete the process of the catch and maintain control when he goes to the ground. If Jones doesn’t like that rule, he needs to persuade his fellow owners to adopt a better rule.