IRVING, Texas -- Saturday night the Cowboys continued to have special teams problems in their preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Against the Bengals, the Cowboys committed a holding call on the opening kickoff, missed a 50-yard field goal, allowed a 53-yard kickoff return and had punter Chris Jones hit the video board above the field, leading to a re-kick that was returned for a touchdown.
In addition, the Cowboys overall have muffed two punt returns, had a blocked field goal, allowed two kick returns over 50 yards and penalties on players hitting punt returners who signaled for a fair catch.
With one preseason game remaining, Thursday vs. Houston, the Cowboys will continue to mix and match the special teams lineups.
"Sometimes it’s a combination of players," coach Jason Garrett said. "There’s different guys playing. Some of the guys who will be playing in the regular season aren’t playing. Guys are looking for jobs on those teams – I get all that. I get all that. Having said that, you’ve got to make sure you don’t have those bad plays. I think we’ve gotten better and better on teams, each and every week, in terms of our demeanor, how well we’re running, how physical we’re playing. Having said that, if you have 21 plays and four of them are bad plays or are going to hurt your team, that’s not good. Players need to understand that, that there’s a lot of responsibility that goes into being a special teams player in the National Football League, and we’ll get better and better."
Garrett expressed confidence in special teams coordinator, Rich Bisaccia, who is entering his first season with the Cowboys. Bisaccia replaced Joe DeCamillis, who is now in Chicago.
"Oh, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in him," Garrett said of Bisaccia. "He’s been a great special teams coach in this league for a long, long time. Just the way he coaches, the way he teaches, the way our guys are getting better, really day in and day out, week in and week out. He’s fantastic. He’s a positive influence on our team."