Jerry Jones: Focal point of offseason was being better prepared for O-line injuries

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The Cowboys’ hopes of making the playoffs last season took a serious hit when the team went from 5-3 to 5-6 in a losing streak that started with a 27-7 loss to the Falcons.

Dallas allowed eight sacks in that game and six came from defensive end Adrian Clayborn as he dominated his matchups against tackles Chaz Green and Byron Bell. Those players were in the lineup because Tyron Smith missed the game with an injury and memories of a failure to cover for injuries returned this week with center Travis Frederick being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome.

On Friday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the team focused on making sure they weren’t in the same straits again this year.

“You do lose people … you’re supposed to make adjustments, we didn’t adjust,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “That really, really was a a focal point of our offseason. Just to remember … We don’t want to have another Atlanta happen to us. ‘The Burning of Atlanta.’ That was called ‘the Burning of Atlanta.’ Gone with the wind.”

The Cowboys brought in a couple of new offensive linemen, but Frederick’s replacement Joe Looney is not one of them. The team also changed offensive line coaches, although there’s only so much you can do if there are multiple missing pieces at one time. Right guard Zack Martin and right tackle La'el Collins have also missed time this week, although both say they’ll be fine for the regular season.

12 responses to “Jerry Jones: Focal point of offseason was being better prepared for O-line injuries

  1. Are ALL Cowboys fans predisposed to believing lying old rich guy hype or just the majority of them?

  2. Your off season should have been focused on getting some competition for the snake oil salesman you have at qb

  3. Are we supposed to believe this clown has a plan? The same dummy who makes a show about players having their “toes on the line” during the anthem, and then doesn’t remove his hat? I hope he checks with Orange Man before making any decisions about replacing injured players. Evidently, he can’t think for himself.

  4. The article states “On Friday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the team focused on making sure they weren’t in the same straits again this year.”

    It should read “On Friday, Cowboys owner, GM, Head Coach, team Dr., and publicity director Jerry Jones said that the team focused on making sure they weren’t in the same straits again this year.”

  5. The Truth says:

    Your off season should have been focused on getting some competition for the snake oil salesman you have at qb
    *****************************************************************************
    you need some serious help man & you should be arrested for beating a dead horse.

  6. That Falcons game last year was painful to watch. The boys down at the watering hole had to call Uber and Lyft to get a ride home after that game. If you get my drift!

  7. Dak’s primary fault for taking sacks last season was relying on the once reliable O line

    Had he tucked tail & ran at first blink, he would’ve been critiqued as a RB

    But he maintained the pass first & keeping eyes downfield to extend plays

    Balls were batted down & out of his hand while trusting in his protection

    Eli, Peyton, Elway, Brady, NOBODY can QB looking up from the turf

    Now some passes he simply held you long
    But
    Overall it was a team lost season,,,,, coaches included

    But it began with the FO as JJ admitted

    We don’t need snakeoil for dsk
    Oh execution from 11combined players

  8. I could almost swear I heard after that Atlanta disaster last year, that JJ didn’t want to be caught in same predicament where 3 OL starters couldn’t play and the OL reserves stunk up the place! Flash forward to this year preseason game 3 and what did you see with 3 starters out….the OL reserves stunk up the place again! Well Jerry, what now?

    If the starting OL can’t stay of the field, it will be a long season for my Cowboys!

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