Jerry Jones believes he has a solution for the rumble created by the kneel-down on the final play Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys owner believes the play should be outlawed, which would eliminate the uproar created when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were aggressive on the final play, angering New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin. As was widely reported, Coughlin and Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano had words at midfield after the game.
“I’ve always thought that that’s a wasted play for our fans, the kneel-down,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM in Dallas, according to ESPN Dallas. “(Former Kansas City Chiefs owner and Hall of Famer) Lamar Hunt tried several times to introduce a rule and have it voted on that you couldn’t kneel down. You had to run a play. Unless you were trying to advance the ball, then you got a penalty and time didn’t run off the clock. It’s not a good play.”
It is a good play for teams trying to run out the clock in victory formation. If an offense wants to give up and kneel down, it should be allowed to. Schiano instructed his team to try to knock the ball loose. If the Bucs continue this practice, you wonder if an offense will target on of Tampa’s players. It would not be surprising.
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