Jerry Jones eyes tricks after firing gimmicky Ryan

Jerry Jones fired Rob Ryan last season because his former defensive coordinator's scheme was too gimmicky.

Now the Dallas owner says gimmicks are what the Cowboys need with a defense that may go down as the worst in franchise history.

Monte Kiffin's new 4-3 alignment and the players trying to run it simply couldn't stop backup quarterback Josh McCown in Chicago's 45-28 win over Dallas on Monday night. McCown had four touchdown passes and a rushing TD and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions before McCown took a knee to end the game.

Now, Jones says the Cowboys has "got to look for ways to come up with whatever gimmick, whatever plan" that can hold onto the ball, get turnovers and get more possessions.

Jones offered support for Kiffin on his radio show Tuesday, but the mounting evidence suggests the owner's biggest change of the offseason isn't working.

According to STATS, Dallas became the fifth team since 1991 to allow an opponent to score on the first eight possessions. The previous three teams won five games combined.

Somehow, the 7-6 Cowboys still control their playoff fate with Green Bay visiting Sunday, although they're a full game behind Philadelphia (8-5) in the NFC East for the first time this season.

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