Stephen Jones reacts to Troy Aikman’s criticism of Cowboys’ offense
Dallas Cowboys COO/Executive VP/Director of player personnel Stephen Jones has fired back at Troy Aikman over criticism of the team’s offense during Sunday’s 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Aikman was on the call for FOX alongside Joe Buck for Sunday’s broadcast. The Cowboys icon-turned-analyst did not hold back throughout the game when weighing in on his former team’s uninspired effort on offense, saying in part, “I’m not seeing any creativity.”
Jones clearly caught wind of Aikman’s critiques and reacted during an appearance on 105.3 KRLD-FM The Fan.
“I just think at the end of the day everybody can play armchair quarterback and point fingers after the fact. There were some plays out there we could’ve made,”Jones said, via SportsDay. “I do think we gotta figure out how to get in rhythm when you’re using six receivers. You gotta make sure everyone’s in there for what they do best.
“I think that’s a little bit of a work in progress. It’s unfair right now to point fingers at anything specific, whether it’s play-calling whether it’s Dak [Prescott] or our receivers. I just think we gotta do a better overall job of executing and this thing will come together. We’ve got good leadership on this team. I know everybody’s going to be ready to go back to work.”
Aikman specifically mentioned how the absence of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten was evident and contributed to Dak Prescott’s poor play and the overall uneven performance by the offense.
It merits noting that former NFL players who enter the world of broadcasting are put in a spot when it comes to covering their former teams, something Tony Romo learned quickly during his first year with CBS Sports.
That said, Aikman arguably was not saying anything different than what any other analyst would have observed in Sunday’s game. The general consensus is that the Cowboys’ offense did not look great at all and adjustments will be needed going forward.