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Is the Roughing Rule Out Of Control?

Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser react to Jerry Jones statements regarding the roughing the passer rule and Micheal may surprise you. Plus, question if the Steelers won your confidence last night, who should get the starting job in Tampa and more.


Who Is Starting Week 4?

Tony Reali and the national panel debate if Ryan Fitzpatrick did enough to keep his starting job, discuss the very unpopular roughing the passer rule and much more.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrone Crawford is glad to hear the Competition Committee will discuss the roughing the passer penalties that have been called the first few weeks of the season after he was called for one Sunday at Seattle. “You grow up hitting and hitting like going full speed and you know one way to do it,” Crawford said on a conference call. “I mean when you've been doing something your whole life, it's hard to change, especially now at this point in your career. And then at that (particular) time when you see a sack, you go even harder. Or you see a quarterback, you go harder trying to get there before the ball is thrown and to pull off at literally the last millisecond is kind of hard. I do understand some of the rules they have going for the protection of the players, but I can't lie to myself and say I agree with that one because it's just really hard to do what we've been learning something our whole life. It's definitely against our instincts to pull off.”

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The Cowboys have placed defensive tackle Datone Jones on injured reserve with a hamstring strain and signed Caraun Reid, who spent the end of training camp with the team. Jones played in just five snaps in the loss to Seattle after being inactive the first two games because of a sprained knee. The Cowboys told Reid to remain ready because they liked what he did for them in the preseason but did not have a spot on the 53-man roster at the cut down day.

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Jerry: New roughing rule has changed the game

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL needs to be different from high school and college football in that it distinguishes itself "as a very physical game."

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Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas the emphasis on protecting the quarterback, specifically a defender landing with his full body weight on the quarterback, has changed the game from its past more than any rule he has seen. “The way I see our future is I see a real serious emphasis on youth football, amateur football. I see it reflected at the high school level. Then a step above that will be the collegiate level and I see a collegiate game that certainly has a lot of finesse in it but is a great game and makes these kinds of adjustments we're talking about,” Jones said. “But when it comes to pro football, to use a boxing term, that's when you put the 6 ounce gloves on. That's when you don't want to fight with those 10 ounce gloves or you don't fight with those head gears. Everybody's being really paid to go out and you're paid a lot of money to go out and incur those type situations that have more risks in them. It's real important that pro football distinguish itself as a very physical game relative to the game at college, relative to the game at high school and amateur. That's very important. Now where to find that balance, that's one thing but when we get to a point in the future in time you'll see pro football where they've put the 6 ounce gloves on and where the men are playing.”

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Jerry Jones on Sean Lee's hamstring injury to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas: "I hope it will be a short time but I do think he will miss some play time."

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While some wonder if Jason Garrett will be involved more in the play calling with or in place of Scott Linehan, Jerry Jones is not. "No, there have not been any discussions or plans to have (Garrett) become the play caller," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday.

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Cowboys not planning major changes on offense

The Dallas Cowboys have the fewest points to start a season since 1990, but coach Jason Garrett will not make significant changes in personnel or in the playcalling operation with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

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Jason Garrett said defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford (elbow) and safety Jeff Heath (ankle) appeared to come out of Sunday's game OK and the coach is hopeful both will be able to practice this week. Garrett said Sean Lee will be day to day with a hamstring injury, however, a source indicated he could miss a couple of games.

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Jason Garrett will not make significant changes in offensive personnel or in the playcalling operation with Scott Linehan, despite the struggles of a Cowboys offense that has scored 41 points in the first three games, the fewest in team history since 1990. “I think it would be false for me to say this is about play calling,” Garrett said. “This is about everything we're doing offensively we have to do better. We have to coach better. We have to play better. We have to run it better. We have to throw it better. We have to protect better. We have to do all the things good offenses do and we have to do all of those things better.”

Stephen A.: Cowboys need to give Ezekiel Elliott the ball more (1:43)

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Randy Gregory's unnecessary roughness penalty at the end of the first half turned what could have been a 62-yard field goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski into a 47-yarder the veteran kicker made to give Seattle a 17-3 lead. Gregory slapped a Seahawks lineman in the face, bringing the penalty. “You have to keep your poise regardless of what anybody did to you, said to you,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You cannot respond like that. Typically what the officials see is the second thing and obviously that drew the flag. That was a poor play for us prior to the half.”

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Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not pleased Tyrone Crawford was penalized for roughing the passer on Seattle's third play from scrimmage. “That was not roughing the passer under the existing rules,” Jones said, however, referee Carl Cheffers determined Crawford landed with his body weight on top of Russell Wilson. Crawford knows he will be fined. “I'm going to get the letter,” he said. “No one wants to get hit with something like that. We've got families we've got to take care of. That money can go to them. Instead (the league is) trying to get us on petty stuff. It is what it is.”

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Zeke: My 'poor perfomance' cost Cowboys game

Ezekiel Elliott, who finished with 127 yards on 16 carries and whose 7.9 yards per rush were the second-best of his career, nevertheless took the onus for a loss to the Seahawks. "I got to do a better job of taking care of the ball," he said.

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Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not pleased with this team's 24-13 loss to Seattle but he was trying to see a bigger picture with 13 games remaining after the game. “I'm frustrated like everybody else is that we didn't play well enough to win the game,” Jones said. “As far as looking at this as something that this is what this team is going to be, I'm talking execution-wise, I'm talking won-loss wise, I don't see that at all.”

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In their last three games against the Seahawks, dating back to 2015, the Cowboys have scored one touchdown in 32 possessions. They have lost all three, including 24-13 Sunday. They have scored 10 field goals.

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Earl Thomas with his second interception of the day of Dak Prescott puts this game to rest with 3:09 to play. Thomas took a bow toward the Cowboys' sideline and was called for taunting. Last December, he told the Cowboys to come get him. On Sunday, he said go home without a win.

Team Stats

Passing Yards145.031st
Rushing Yards132.77th
Points For13.731st
Points Against17.77th

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