As the season-ending injuries continued to pile up on defense, the effectiveness of Rob Ryan's group steadily decreased. The argument could be made that Ryan, the team's defensive coordinator who was fired Tuesday, shouldn't be ridiculed for the way the defense played down the stretch because they were missing several key contributors.
But while assessing the play of the Cowboys defense during an interview that aired Wednesday night, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones pointed to their poor play earlier in the year when the unit was nearly at full strength.
"I didn't like the way we were playing in a lot of cases," Jones said in the recorded interview that aired on FOX Sports Southwest. "I thought we could play better before the injuries, and so I factored that in. It wasn't like we had a lot of injuries out here when we played Chicago. It wasn't like we had a lot of injuries when we played Seattle.
"I didn't like the way we played there. So, it's not hard for me to go ...