The biggest mouth in Texas

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones smiles during a preseason game against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium...

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones smiles during a preseason game against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 21, 2010. (KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

TORONTO - It’s always fun to check in on America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, particularly after they dropped a character game against a tough opponent.

The Cowboys didn’t take last week’s loss to New England well at all starting with owner Jerry Jones who opened up by criticizing head coach Jason Garrett for being too conservative in the closing minutes of the game.

With Al Davis now among the dearly departed, Jones is by far the most meddlesome owner in the game, certainly the most flamboyant and the one with the biggest ego.

How many other owners come on the airwaves each week on their own radio show.

The Cowboys so far have resembled an unpolished piece of furniture as they have yet to find out how good or bad they are.

They should have beat the Jets in the season opener but blew that one thanks to a poor fourth quarter from quarterback Tony Romo.

Then they downed San Francisco by three in overtime and followed that up with a two-point win over Washington (18-16).

Following that came that dreadful second half against the Lions that ended with a loss, a bye week and last week’s defeat at the hands of New England. So at 2-3 and a 1-3 record against quality teams, the Cowboys have yet to prove who they are.

They won’t learn much this Sunday, either, as they are heavy favourites to take out the St. Louis Rams at home.

But nothing in Dallas has been easy this season so who knows what to expect.

The Cowboys have not had much of a running game all season and they figure to be worse in that department against the Rams as their top runner, Felix Jones, is out with a high ankle sprain.

Jerry Jones, the mouthpiece of the organization, said that means DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice will split the playing time on Sunday.

According to Jerry, Murray will be the featured back on first and second down with Choice taking over on third down as he is a better pass blocker.

“We’ve shown that we’ve split the carries and in this circumstance that’s very appropriate since DeMarco is still very early on in his repetitions, his time that he’s sorted through the blocking,” Jones said on his radio show.

He added that he fully expects his team to run the ball a lot better than they did against New England, Jones or no Jones.

“What happened to us last week is we did get, what I call big-boyed, and (the Patriots) really did put a lot of pressure on the interior of our line and when they saw it working they kept it coming and we had to really adjust for that, and we got a lot of plays that were behind the line of scrimmage,” Jerry Jones said. “But I do expect us to adjust for that.”

What Jones wants, Jones gets and for good or bad he sets the message and the tone that Garrett must follow.

On another front, Romo stated that he doesn’t believe his coach is losing faith in him, that he wasn’t called to throw the ball on their final three-and-out series against New England due to the fact Garrett was afraid Romo might turn the ball over as he has been prone to do this season.

“That’s just what happens after a game whether you win or lose,” Romo said. “There has to be some storyline and you could ask Jason, you could ask me. We study a lot for certain situations at the end of the games and anybody that was watching the game last week knew our defence played really outstanding football for the entire second half. I didn’t envision their offence going down to score a touchdown either at the time. It’s easy to second guess. Me and Jason, we’re going to continue to go forward and have a great relationship. He’s a great coach. We’re lucky to have him.”

To which Garrett said: “There is absolutely no issue with my trust level with Tony Romo. Anybody who has followed this team understands the trust I have in him.

“If you look at his season so far, he has shown he can play really well in the NFL like he has shown over the last four and a half years. We believe strongly in him. I believe strongly in him and we are going to keep going forward.”

If the ‘Boys blow Sunday’s game, though, all hell will break loose in Dallas.

CHALLENGE TIME

To prove that Jerry Jones isn’t the only outspoken owner in Texas, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair got into the act the other day when he threw the gauntlet down in front of his coaches and players.

“It’s time to stand and deliver,” McNair said.

Like the Cowboys, the Texans are something of an enigma but they’ve been that way for the past three seasons.

Expected to waltz to the division title in the AFC South with the injury to Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the Texans instead have turned coming up short into an art form.

On Sunday the 3-3 Texans are on the road in Tennessee to face the first-place Titans who are 3-2.

After a 2-0 start, the Texans have lost three of four, including the last two.

So as McNair noted, now is the time to get it going.

“It’s not a must-win game, but it kind of has that feeling,” Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “It’s a division opponent and a road game. To be good in this league, you have to win on the road.”

Linebacker Connor Barwin went a little further.

“It’s a huge game. I think we all understand what’s at stake,” he said.

VIKINGS ARE CRACKING UP

When things start to sour, it can snowball and go downhill quickly.

You get that feeling when you look at the 1-5 Minnesota Vikings.

As the 1-5 Vikings prepare to take a beating on Sunday from the Packers, they do so with a rookie quarterback, Christian Ponder, at the controls.

Making life even more difficult for the Vikes comes word that defensive tackle Kevin Williams has some issues with coach Leslie Fazier for comments he made after last week’s loss to the Bears when he said he didn’t think his team’s defensive line was physical enough to compete with Chicago.

“If you want to call somebody out, call who you’re talking about out,” Williams said. “Don’t say the whole group got out-physicaled. I don’t believe that at all. I saw that on the news and I was like, ‘You show a play where two guys are double-teaming me.’ Of course you’re going to get out-physicaled if you’re getting double-teamed on a run block. One guy’s trying to hold me up and the other guy’s trying to take a run at my side.

“If you want to call somebody out, you can do that. A couple of guys might have gotten pushed off the ball, but the whole group, no.”

Pull together now boys.


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