Stephen Jones seems to understand that the Cowboys are a work in progress. Even after the executive vice president watched his team hold the Carolina Panthers to 14 points Sunday in Charlotte, he noticed that improvements are still needed on the defensive side of the ball.
"We're still giving up some big plays," Jones said Monday during his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan KRLD-FM.
Jones specifically pointed to Carolina's two touchdown drives during the 19-14 Cowboys victory.
Late in the second quarter, the Panthers' 10-play, 81-yard drive was heavily aided by consecutive plays, Cam Newton's 15-yard run and his 32-yard pass to Brandon LaFell.
Carolina didn't score again until early in the final quarter. That nine-play, 66-yard drive saw Jonathan Stewart gash the Cowboys defense for a 20-yard run. Newton then found Louis Murphy for a 26-yard gain, two plays later.
"We got to cut down on the big plays," Jones said. "But overall, slowly but surely, we're heading in a good ...