Jerry Jones: Tackling must improve

OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was on radio silence before and after his team played the San Diego Chargers last week until Sunday.

While the defensive performance was disconcerting -- 395 yards allowed, 152 rushing yards, Chargers quarterbacks completed all but two passes -- Jones did not believe it was a flashback of what plagued the Cowboys' defense in 2013 when it finished last in the league.

Jones mentioned two rookie draft picks that caught his eye in cornerback Terrance Mitchell and linebacker Anthony Hitchens, but the fundamentals bothered him most.

“I don’t know that it brought back bad memories but I’m sure glad it was in the preseason rather than in some of those last three or four ballgames that we had,” Jones said after Sunday’s practice. “If we’re going to gap … then when it’s your time to make the tackle, you’ve got to make the tackle. To me the other night was all about not tackling and not making the tackle when you had the chance to make it. Tackling can be worked on, will be worked on. We’ll get better tackling and we’ve got players out here that can execute the system.”