Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has offered up a new excuse for his defense's poor showing against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC's Divisional Round.
The Cowboys were pushed around by the Rams and their running game, as Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson both rushed for more than 100 yards.
It was a highly disappointing showing from the Cowboys' defense, which had been one of the league's best in 2018.
Jones appeared on local radio this morning, discussing the loss and the plans moving forward.
The Cowboys' owner blamed part of the defense's bad game on the Rams' field.
“I’ve had the benefit of the tape, looking at the tape, the evaluation by both scouts as well as the coaches. We frankly had never gotten traction. And I mean that literally. That was a slippery field. If I had to do it over again, we would be really scrutinizing our footwear. Our cleats. We had trouble digging in, so to speak.
“Well you say, ‘That’s an excuse.’ It is not because not only physically but we had trouble digging in with just the effectiveness of our defense. And we did not stop them, and we did not stop the run.”
There were questions about the state of the Rams' field heading into kickoff, as it rained in Los Angeles earlier in the day.
The Rams seemed to handle everything OK, though.
Los Angeles is moving onto the NFC Championship Game, where it'll play the Saints in New Orleans.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, will start planning for 2019.