Jerry Jones: Cowboys’ coin-toss mishap ‘should be addressed’
The Dallas Cowboys are presently involved in one of the odder controversies to stem from a pregame coin toss thanks to what occurred before Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.
To no surprise, Jerry Jones has not only weighed in on the situation, he stated the NFL should examine coin-toss protocol to ensure such an incident doesn’t happen again.
During Jones’ weekly appearance Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, the Cowboys owner laid out how he saw things play out in real time, not to mention argued that the league should examine how things went awry.
Jones on #defergate coin-toss mishap: "I knew it the same time everyone knew it." Says that it is "something that could and should be addressed.” @1053thefan— 105.3 The FAN (@1053thefan) December 17, 2019
The coin-flip controversy arose due to a miscommunication between Dak Prescott and referee Walt Anderson about how the Cowboys wanted to proceed after winning the toss. Had things proceeded once the coin toss was complete, the Rams would have received the kick to start the game as well as at the beginning of the second half.
Video of the incident later shared by FOX Sports on Twitter shows that Prescott played a significant role in how the situation went sideways.
UPDATE: Dak Prescott did say defer to the 2nd half, but only after he said "defense" and "kick." pic.twitter.com/zKMKbHTc0U— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 15, 2019
In the end, the NFL officiating department stepped in and things were made right, as the Cowboys were allowed to receive the kickoff to open the second half.
Prescott said after the game that the coin toss made for “definitely a weird start,” per Kevin Siefert of ESPN, adding that it “wasn’t the cleanest coin flip I’ve been a part of.”
The NFL later stated that protocol established by Rule 15, Section 3, Article 9 of the rulebook allowed the league to clear up any confusion and rectify the situation.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to discern exactly what Jones would propose the NFL do, as it’s clear the league already has procedures in place if and when a coin tosses goes awry.