IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is a letter of the law kind of guy.
While his heart told him Dez Bryant caught that fourth-down pass against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs last January, his head told him differently in part because of his role on the NFL Competition Committee.
"As it turns out, according to the rule, I think the call was correct," Jones said Tuesday at the grand opening of the Dallas Cowboys Club inside Terminal A at DFW International Airport.
But that doesn't mean Jones won't push for possible changes to the rule. The NFL sought to clarify the rule this offseason saying a receiver had to have control with both feet on the ground to establish himself as a runner.
NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino said he met with the Cowboys coaches personally in the offseason to discuss the play.
At last week's officiating clinic in Irving, Texas, referees Walt Coleman and Ed Hochuli agreed with the overturned call.
Jones wants to see these types of plays continue to be discussed in reference to what is or isn't a catch.
"Now, going forward is there a better way that some of these plays that are made by great players like a Dez Bryant or a Calvin Johnson, is there a way to tweak a rule to where you can say, ‘Hey those guys really caught those footballs and they should be catches even under the NFL rules?’ Well, that’s the job of the Competition Committee and for us to continue to look at ways to get better," Jones said.