Cowboys must find discipline to satisfy Jones

Posted Oct. 19, 2012 @ 8:58 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made news this week by saying that the team is “evolving into a team that can compete for the championship” despite a record of 2-3. The claim has earned a lot of buzz, and everyone from the players to coaches to other team executives are standing behind it.

When asked this week at the NFL Fall meetings in Chicago if he backed his father’s bold vision for the Cowboys, executive vice president Stephen Jones told PFW, “Absolutely. If we keep running the ball and improving in that area, we can do a lot (offensively). It sets things in motion. It’s not good enough, but (the Baltimore game) was a good example of that, of what we are capable of.”

Certainly, there have been moments where the offense, defense and special teams all have been explosive this season — but seldom all at once. Another major concern: penalties. The team has committed 13 or more penalties in three of the five games (they are 2-1 in those contests) and have a total of 75 yards (most in the NFL, per STATS, LLC) on false start and offside penalties, which fall under the category of self-inflicted wounds.

“I think the NFL and the referees are picking on us,” Stephen Jones said with a laugh before turning serious. “Obviously, we have to clean some things up. If we don’t we won’t be successful, but if we do we’ll be a good football team this year.”

Are the Cowboys capable of becoming disciplined in a hurry? It might be the only thing that can happen to ensure Jerry Jones is right.