Jerry Jones: Changes not coming to AT&T Stadium to address glare

Glare at AT&T Stadium came into play during the Cowboys-49ers Wild Card game when a Cowboys receiver lost a ball in the sunGETTY IMAGES

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said "we’re not going to do anything" to address the sun's glare at AT&T Stadium, which was deemed a factor during the Cowboys' playoff loss to the 49ers last weekend, according to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Appearing Friday on Dallas-based KRLD-FM, Jones said, "I wish to Hell all I had to worry about was a ball hitting the screen or a little sun getting in there. Conditions and elements have been a part of football since it was spelled the first time. No. That’s about 10,000 on my list of things to worry about. And, no, we’re not going to do anything with it." He added, "Relative to the elements that I see other people play, it’s nothing ... Do you know how many punts we’ve had out there that never hit that screen? It’s ridiculous." Jones: "I need to worry about something frankly that gets us back this week, next year in the playoffs" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/22). In N.Y., Pat Leonard wrote with those comments, Jones "sounded like" he had "just walked out of the losing locker room." Jones said, "Bottom line is yes, I’m very, very frustrated and upset. We have used up some very talented players over the last few years" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/23).

WHAT NOW? In Dallas, David Moore wrote Jones "finds himself in a bind going into next season" in terms of generating "hope and excitement." Moore: "Few do a better job of selling that to their fan base than the owner of the Cowboys." But where does Jones "turn after this season?" The loss to the 49ers "wasn’t the worst postseason moment over the last three-plus decades," but it could be the "final, emotional straw for a fan base that desperately wants to believe." If Jones gives coach Mike McCarthy a "glowing endorsement now and declares he’ll be back," even more fans would "tune out the owner." Jones knows the fan base "needs a grand gesture to erase doubts so they can again hope" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/22).

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