After the Dallas Cowboys ran a fake punt on their own 24-yard line and were successful, I was screaming in joy saying how proud I was of Jason Garrett becoming more aggressive this season. I was wrong, kind of.

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OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 17: Chris Jones #6 of the Dallas Cowboys runs on a fake punt for a first down against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)

The Cowboys fake punt happened because Chris Jones, the punter, called his own number and took off without the coaches knowing.

Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, it was punter Chris Jones’ decision to take off running on fourth-and-11, en route to a 24-yard gain which set up a Dak Prescott go-ahead touchdown run later in the drive.

“We work on everything,” Jones said. “The guys up front. They did their job. We were able to keep another possession alive. . . .

“You’ve got to trust it. It was there. We practice it. We got what we wanted and took advantage.”

Generally a coach is involved in such calls, but Jones said he’s been given the authority to make such decisions on the field, depending on what he sees.

If it didn’t work, the public would be chastising Jason Garrett, who may not have thrown his punter under the bus. Either way, it was successful and my first man crush on a punter is in effect.

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