Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones figures there's a way to eliminate the controversy surrounding the end-of-game kneel-down that prompted such a stir after the Giants' victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday: Outlaw the play.
Jones' solution is the outlaw the kneel-down.
"I've always thought that that's a wasted play for our fans, the kneel-down," Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM, according to ESPNDallas.com. "[Former Kansas City Chiefs owner] Lamar Hunt tried several times to introduce a rule and have it voted on that you couldn't kneel down. You had to run a play. Unless you were trying to advance the ball, then you got a penalty and time didn't run off the clock. It's not a good play."
How the rule would be structured to eliminate the kneel-down might be complicated, however.
Controversy arose Sunday, when Tampa Bay defenders knocked Giants quarterback Eli Manning and New York offensive linemen to the ground on a game-ending kneel-down.
That prompted Giants coach Tom Coughlin to yell at Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano after the game.
Schiano said he would do it again, and the NFL did not punish the act because there is no rule against it.