Jerry Jones roamed freely before the Cowboys-Falcons game. (Chuck Burton / AP)

Well, this is a twist. For a change, an NFL owner was locked out Sunday night.

Only this lockout wasn’t intentional, although one couldn’t be blamed for having suspicions, given that the locked-out owner in question was Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys. After the Cowboys’ 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Jones was seen pounding on the locker-room door by Matt Barrie of the NBC Dallas affiliate. “It’s the angriest I’ve seen him all year,” Barrie tweeted.

Jones eventually was allowed into the locker room, Barrie told “NFL AM” on Monday.

Tough ending for a tough night for Jones, whose team dropped to 3-5. Before the game, he was forced to admit by NBC’s Bob Costas that if the Cowboys’ general manager were anyone not named Jerry Jones, he’d have fired him by now.

“Well, I think so … because he was there to dismiss,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’ve always worked for myself, and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches, and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”

So if he isn’t about to fire the GM, what about the coach — especially if, say, Sean Payton were available?

“I have a lot of faith in Jason,” Jones said of Jason Garrett, who is 11-13. “Jason’s future is ahead of him. I know how hard he works. I like his philosophy, so I’ve got a lot of confidence, a lot of faith. One of the brightest spots I see is our head coaching and our coaching in the future.”

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