Cowboys Cornerback Details “Cheating” On Mike Evans

July 7th, 2019

Joe sure hopes the important people at One Buc Palace take note of this video and send it to the proper authorities at NFL headquarters.

Figuring out how to officiate pass interference is a big deal in league circles, allegedly, with rule changes and modifications taking center stage after the debacle in the playoffs with the Rams and Saints.

Even before that notorious play in January, NFL fans knew the policing of pass interference is a mess. But it sure is rare — and educational — to hear a Pro Bowl cornerback detail how he cheats.

Cowboys CB Byron Jones sat down recently for the Cowboys’ official Tale of the Tape series and broke down film of how he covers Mike Evans, and an ugly truth came out.

“So when a receiver re-routes himself like [Mike Evans did], no hands are involved, because when I get hands on him I want to re-route him; he just re-routed himself,” Jones explains. “So in this case I want to stay on top of [Evans]. I don’t want to make it a foot race. So I’ll wait. I’ll be patient to get hands on him a little later by cheating a little bit. But, the refs don’t call it typically, so I’ll give him a little jab toward the top of the route, which kinds of puts me in position and kind of takes him out of position.”

As highlighted via the film look below, the Bucs snapped the ball on the Cowboys’ 34 yard line, and Jones put his hands on Evans at the 28 yard line. The Jameis Winston pass was targeted to Evans but was incomplete.

So here’s a stud cornerback calmly telling the world in great detail how he cheats against receivers. What will the NFL do?

36 Responses to “Cowboys Cornerback Details “Cheating” On Mike Evans”

  1. Youngbucs Says:

    It’s only cheating when you get caught right? Nothing new about that nonsense.

  2. Buczilla Says:

    Revert or rescind every single rule to how it was/wasn’t back to 1970. You’ll never make everyone happy, so how about just me and a couple of more neanderthals? 🤗

  3. Eric y Says:

    Oh joe please stop being a …..

  4. JP_09 Says:

    The same could be said for a lot of what M.E. Does lol. Let’s not turn this into the NBA, contact is aloud in this sport

  5. Kyle Says:

    I thought this was an NBA blog? What’s this football stuff…

  6. Magadude Says:

    Probably dumb of him to go publc with that. But also is a testament to why CBs and WRs all want to be viewed by the ref community in a positive way. Guys that push, shove, lose their temper easily or mouth off to the refs will get more likely negative scrutiny from the refs. Add to that a guy like Evans is so big he can’t help but appearing to be manhandling a few.

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    All refs suck. All refs play favorites. They pick on certain players and teams, while turning a blind eye to others. They could easily call offensive holding on every single play or illegal contact. There needs to be major rule changes. Either call everything or call nothing, but calling games one sided is the norm in the NFL. There is zero accountability for officiating in professional sports. Games and seasons are decided by bad calls, cheating azz corrupt refs. 99% of fans could do a better job than the zebra striped mafia. It was a bigger reason for me giving up my season tickets than a team that sucked year after year. The garbage refs have hit the Bucs with so many bad calls for so many years. When was the last time you saw a bad call on the Patriots?

  8. Anthony Dickson Says:

    Because it happened against about the Bucs, the NFL won’t do a darned thing.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The bottom line is that you have to cheat against ME13 or he will beat you.

  10. DB55 Says:

    2&20? Lol. It’s the details that count.


  11. Hodad Says:

    Refs look closer at Mike for PI then they do the DB’s. More calls go against him then for him, opposite of most receivers. It’s a Buc’s life.

  12. Jean Lafitte Says:

    after the fact .. smh I’m sure officials will be keeping a closer eye on him going forward.

    Dallas isn’t even on our schedule, so maybe in Joe’s dystopian future we meet them in the playoffs. ..that would actually be nice! lol

  13. gotbbucs Says:

    Always find out early what the refs are going to let you get away with. It’s not cheating, its smart football.

  14. Bob in Valrico Says:

    This really isn’t big news. It happens all the time. I agree that they are quick to call some questionable PI’s on Evans. If he extends his arms he’s probably gonna get called. I have seen receivers that keep their arms folded parallel to their chest not get called.
    The rules also seem to favor the Db’s. Clutching and grabbing
    just doesn’t seem fair to me. What’s a receiver to do? We all remember the combacks where db prevented the path to the ball. Its really up to a good
    offensive coordinator to make over aggressive DB’s pay by using it against
    them ,IMO.


  15. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Seems like this CB is coached up well

  16. Race to 10 Says:

    Everyone cheats, the good ones get away with it. No different than claiming o line holds on every play. Looked like he had hands on him before he even jumped. With dirk Dirk koetter being coached he probably rarely sent things like this to the nfl except the very obvious. ME13 will be a top receiver regardless of the holding and pushing him until he loses his speed

  17. Bob in Valrico Says:

    The NBA reference got me thinking. If a db is pushing you one way ,cross him up and reverse direction. That its wait for contact and execute a crossover move.
    Bottom line , the receiver has a right to go anywhere on the field, help the refs recognize when the defender is impeding your progress.

  18. DooshLaRue Says:

    In other breaking news….. Donovan Smith admits he holds on 90% of plays.

  19. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Patriots won the Super Bowl over Rams by holding Rams receiver, Brandon Cooks arm on a perfectly thrown should’ve been td pass in 4th qtr.
    It’s part of the game.
    Instant replay is going to make watching live football games a waste of time.
    Only Sean Payton gets special attention from NFL…

  20. D1 Says:


    (It’s up to the offensive coordinator to make him pay. )

    Not entirely! But sometimes it’s true.

    The problem is that’s the last thing you check not the first. You jump z without even considering Ab or c.In this case, look at #3.

  21. Rob Tanner Says:

    Old Dude= “That son of a gun is hard to cover“

  22. Buc4evr Says:

    Nobody in the NFL cares about the Bucs. Refs look the other way as much as possible when there is a penalty against the Bucs. Pats get all the breaks. Btw does anyone remember when Sapp went to war against the refs? We need more players and coaches that are willing to give the refs hell.

  23. BucEmUp Says:

    Evans will catch a lot of passes from the slot this season and use that big body to box these.cormers out and push off within the five yards. Cant wait to.see what BA does with these guys

  24. Peter Says:

    Joe please don’t be dramatic

  25. BA FAN Says:

    Joe is not bing dramatic! That admission needs to be sent to the NFL so they can put it in training film to teach the refs! It also didn’t help that Koetter didn’t tip the refs to watch out for cheating on Evans and complain just like the Saint’s Coach does! I am sure BA won’t miss that opportunity!

  26. Bob in Valrico Says:


    Skipping to #3 and watching the tape again, one thing stood out . The words
    Evans was well covered. The defender had him pretty well boxed out and Jameis
    should not have locked in on him.

    One comment Evans made after after one of Fitz’s first two games: Something like :
    He puts the ball where only the receiver can catch it.

    But thats for BA and company to work on.

  27. Jeffbuc Says:

    I do t understand the whining about joe here or it is jameis fault for throwing the ball. The guy jammed him 15 yards downfield. And openly admitted he was commuting pass interference but the refs rarely call it. That’s the crap they need to clean up. I have seen us lose games on lesser calls. Hellen Winslow versus Detroit and the end of the Oakland overtime game where we got called for illegal hands on a 4th down on the other side of the field that was iffy at best. And both of those calls cost us the playoffs. Detroit game of that is called right nfl history is rewritten and the packers don’t even get in and wouldn’t have won a super bowl. So as ticky tacky as some of you say these calls are the right call changes football history and the super bowl champs that year don’t even make the playoffs. And then the Oakland game that illegal hands call doesn’t happen we win 10 games and make the playoffs. Thats two playoff appearances for us in the last 7 years all coming down to one bad call. And throw in this call if they call that what it is pass interference we probably win that game and would have won 11 games that that year and might have had a home playoff game. And how the whole jameis and team history would be different. I’m a firm believer in if it is a penalty call it. If not before to long you will be like the nba coming out with new fancy names to justify blatant turnovers like the euro step. That sport let it go to far flopping and traveling. Started when the magic were good and once again a team I root for gets screwed. Magic fans know what I’m talking about the Paul pierce your hand is out so let me go under your arm and bump into it and flail my feet and I get two free throws because your hand was out. Offensive player initiated contact shouldn’t be a foul. Just like nfl you call the first 5 meaningless yards like crazy automatic first down. But let a guy do the same thing 15 yards down field with no call. And from listening to him all corners know that. But I have seen other teams get that call all the time and year end and year out they are in the playoffs. I know this sport can’t be rigged like some people think. But you can definitely tilt the odds in a teams favor. We just seem to never get those favors. We have all seen flags thrown on a Mike evans deep ball where we jump and scream first down pass interference that’s a free 30 yards only to see them call offensive where even the announcers are left scratching there head

  28. D1 Says:


    Glad you picked up on that. …if you watch it one more time , you’ll see a wide open 2nd or 3rd progression. I’m not sure if winston reads the corner as an alert or 1st in the progression order. His read was the safety. .he looked at the safety , then made a dumb decision.

    When local fans hear negative feedback about winston theyou often dismiss it by stating that guy doesn’t even watch the bucs. Presumptive at best, but ultimately irrelevant. They watch plays like that and, it’s often ex players and coaches making these comments. , and they look at things entirely different .

    Bob, you can tell by readingnthe comments. Not a single mention of what I’m talking about, instead it’s a topic on a conspiracy by the refs . Could be true, I don’t know and there’s no way to prove it so ..why participate in a circular tug unless its an ego thing. The correct decision at the QB level would have eliminated the opportunity for a ref to blow the call. Simple …avoidance.

    Is there a bias against the bucs…it seems so. never gets a call but part of it is his fault for not getting better in that area. If he did, then we would know right away if the refs actually landed on the moon.

  29. DalvinCookRules Says:

    This is why REFS play a very significant role in the outcome of games. However, the really great coaches factor that into their strategy. They know what they can get away with with the refs for any given game. That is the granular level of detail that separates the great coaches (Bellichick) from everybody else.

  30. D1 Says:


    Yes, yes, yes. The best coaches account for it in their game plans and or how they teach the techniques of the position. The former requies scouting refs and their crews. The latter is teaching techniques that can be used successfully with no consideration to a ref or his crew.

  31. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Most would agree that defender should not get away with jamming a receiver.
    That said, it was second and about 20. The smart play is to get some of those yards back. Why because 3 and 10 is easier than 3 rd and 20 if the play isn’t open. There was a good chunk of yards available to the the receiver in the area
    Evans had just vacated.

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Oh, great idea, Joe. Convince the NFL to pass more rules limiting defense.

    As if it isn’t limited enough.

  33. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Yeah that is pass interference

  34. Chrissy G Says:

    Duhh it’s football. They’re called tricks of the trade. We got bigger concerns. Like OUR garbage D and Jay miss constantly throwing pics to the otherii team

  35. Jackpc1 Says:

    With poor OL play, Winston did not have time to go through his progression. He saw man to man coverage by a safety on Evans, often a high percentage pass, and that’s what he did.

  36. diggler Says:

    BucEmUp Says:
    July 7th, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    Evans will catch a lot of passes from the slot this season and use that big body to box these.cormers out and push off within the five yards. Cant wait to.see what BA does with these guys

    ^^^ Evans in the slot is just retarded on so many levels. Let’s have our possible HOF WR play dink and dunk and get destroyed for a 5 yard catch. That’s not BA MO. Look for Evans on posts and skinnys. THAT you can’t wait to see, gonna be fun to watch.