Jones: More Trips to Sidelines May Be Necessary
By Calvin Watkins
During his tenure as owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones became a fixture on the sidelines late in games at old Texas Stadium. Jones curtailed the trips during the Bill Parcells era, though he did talk to Hall of Famer Larry Allen during a game. But Jones said his sideline trips might start again with Jason Garrett as the head coach. "I used to spend my time on the sideline and probably need to spend some more down there," Jones said on KRLD-FM Tuesday. "But the bottom line is one of the reasons I'm trying to see and get a feel for is where’s the passion? Where’s the energy? What’s the situation with the team?" Jones was answering a question about Dez Bryant's passion being labeled as something negative for his sideline outburst during last week's game against the Detroit Lions. Jones visited the Cowboys' sideline in December 2011 to inform Garrett about quarterbackTony Romo's X-rays after he bruised his hand. Jones was also on the sidelines briefly for a home game earlier this season but he quickly left the field and headed to his suite. Jones was asked why he hasn't picked up the sideline visits? "I just have frankly the view that I have at the home games is so good that I really get to see a lot of that," Jones said. "That's there’s, so no reason other than that. It's not really by design and probably before it's through, I’ll be down there more." The discussion about Jones returning to the sidelines could intensify given Bryant's sideline ordeal. Jones is well-respected and most likely feels he can calm players down with his presence. However, Jones got into a verbal spat with recently cut defensive tackle Jay Ratliff last season when he was encouraging him in his rehab following a game. Jones' suite elevator lands at the 50-yard line where he can walk straight onto the field. After Jones gets out of his private elevator he can turn and get to the locker room in about a minute, 30 seconds with a brisk walk.