Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Dallas Cowboys [Print without images]

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Jerry Jones: Joe DeCamillis is 'outstanding special teams coach'

By Tim MacMahon

BALTIMORE – The Cowboys’ special teams have made critical errors that were key plays in two of their three losses.

Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the third quarter, opening up an 11-point deficit that the Cowboys couldn’t erase. The Cowboys’ special teams made two major mistakes that essentially spotted the Seahawks a 10-point lead in Dallas’ Week 2 loss, fumbling on the opening kickoff and having a punt blocked moments later.

However, owner/general manager Jerry Jones was firm in his support of special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, who did not talk to the media after Sunday’s loss.

“I know what Joe is doing and how he’s trying to put the special teams together,” Jones said. “I’m a Joe DeCamillis supporter, fan. I think he’s an outstanding special teams coach. If it bears out with what I think I saw on the kickoff return, then we’ve got a couple of guys in there that didn’t stay in their lanes and that’s what happens to you.

“I know that reflects ultimately on the special teams coach, but I’m a big supporter of his.”