Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys did take shots at a double-covered Dez Bryant on Sunday night against the Saints.
“It starts with that,” Jones said on his weekly radio appearance on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.” “You’ve got to make them pay a price somewhere else. I still think, inevitably, you’ve got to take your shots, which we did last night. We had a couple of throws to Dez, one I think he had two guys beat and just overthrew him, and then another one obviously made a great play, came up with the ball. So we took a couple of shots with him. We’ve got to continue to do that, if not a little more.”
Bryant, the Cowboys’ top receiver and touchdown leader, had two targets in the 49-17 loss. The one catch went for 44 yards. The fourth-year receiver has eight touchdown catches but has been held out of the end zone in four of the last five games.
Jones said the Cowboys can fix that problem in part by balancing the offense.
“We’ve got to run the ball more. We’ve got to run it better. We’ve got to put ourselves in some good situations to be able to convert on third down,” he said. “We’ve just got to continue to find the right chemistry. When they do double Dez, we’ve got to have some guys win some matchups. I think we’ll get better. I think our guys certainly are not satisfied with where they are, certainly think that we can get better on that side of the ball.”
Jones said when the Cowboys start executing the running game better, the offense will get better.
“I think it will all start if we can run the ball,” he said. “I think we saw glimpses of that early, but unfortunately, New Orleans was very efficient on their side of the ball and we got behind, and of course we all know what can happen: you’re looking at a pretty good deficit on the road, you feel the need to throw the ball more. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for us last night.”
-- Carlos Mendez