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'Trust the scheme': Jerry Jones gives Cowboys coaching staff vote of confidence

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says players need to trust the scheme and he's not ready to make changes to coaching staff despite historically bad start defensively
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center left, chats with head coach Mike McCarty, second right, during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

FRISCO, Texas — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he’s not ready to make changes to his coaching staff despite historically bad start on defense.

"This is a good coaching staff, got a lot of confidence in it,” Jones said on his radio show on KRLD-FM. "I think we have a really good chance of being a lot better as we go forward here.

When asked specifically about defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s job status, Jones said he’s not ready to make a move, "if you think about it, at this juncture that’s not something that you would go to; don’t need to."

The Cowboys defense has given up 146 points in four games this season, that’s the most in franchise history through four games. The Cowboys are on pace to give up 548 points this season which would shatter the current record of 436.

The Browns, with their lead running back Nick Chubb unavailable for most of the game Sunday, rushed for 307 yards, the most the Cowboys have surrendered in a single game in team history.

Jones pointed to the fact that the team is implementing a new defensive scheme and players have to stick to it. "They need to basically execute the scheme, and the plan, and trust the plan; trust the scheme. Just trust the play, trust your preparation, trust the play. That can be challenging if you’ve got a new system."

Jones said field position issues and turnover issues were other factors leading to losing, "we can stop those turnovers and we can execute better. You put those turnovers to this side, and everybody goes, duh, of course. You put the turnovers out of the way and you give us better field position and we’ll play better and we’ll win games."