Tuesday’s With Jerry
It’s a Tuesday during the NFL season, and you know what that means for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, we get to listen to Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones talk about his team with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. You never know what will come out of Jerry’s mouth when he gets behind a microphone and we capture some of the fun for you.
Here are the highlight from Tuesday’s with Jerry:
Jerry on what stood out vs. the Giants: We knew the Giants “would be inspired,” but the Cowboys were able to work through that, so it didn’t “surprise” Jones how close the game was. “Midway through the fourth quarter, I was worried we would be a victim of a well-coached team, when they went for a victory, we went out and won it.”
Translation: We were hoping Ben McAdoo would still be coaching so we could roll the Giants, but when they made the coaching change, we thought it would be tougher to win the game.
What he’s learned about Dak Prescott playing without Ezekiel Elliott: “He’s (Dak) a tremendous worker…he’s invested in every practice, you know he’s going to improve. We’ve missed Zeke, but we’ve got a better player in Dak for it.”
Translation: This might be a blessing in disguise because we got to find out more about our quarterback in less than ideal circumstances.
Translation: Not much to read into this one, Lee and Witten are outstanding players with similar traits. Coincidence? I think not.
Lack of holding calls: “Can’t recall different seasons (on if there’s a difference). There does seem, lately, more have gone against us, than for us…I’m being very cautious with my words.”
Translation: I don’t want to get fined or give the NFL any more reason to conspire against my team, which has been going on this season.
On signing autographs from the owner’s booth at MetLife Stadium: “Outside of Texas, we sell more Cowboys memorabilia in New York than anywhere.”
Translation: We are America’s Team, in case you forgot.
On the drops against the Giants: “Both sides were dropping it Sunday…elements had something to do with it.”
Translation: I’m not going to throw my players under the bus, Jerry is always the optimist.
MetLife Stadium and Dan Bailey’s struggles: “Dumbfounded with the day our kicker had, but when you’re trying to adjust with a bad hamstring, it’s a tough place (the Meadowlands/a.k.a. MetLife Stadium) to try and adjust.”
Translation: Jones is “dumbfounded” by the day Bailey had, but then explains exactly why it happened. He’s still not fully healthy and he’s trying to adjust. You cannot be surprised by what happened, when you know the reason why it happened Jerry.
On Carson Wentz’s injury: “I don’t like the injury, let me be real clear on that.” Jones went on to say you “gotta be real careful building a running game around a quarterback, and I’m looking in the mirror (on Cowboys and how they use Dak).”
Translation: This is why Prescott doesn’t run more, despite his success in doing it. We need him on the field.
On Ezekiel Elliott status, if he’s in shape: “Cannot have contact or ostensibly know anything.
Translation: Wink, wink, nod, nod, I don’t know anything.
On upcoming NFL Owner’s meetings: “Not going to get into it, but I’m really looking forward to it.” When pressed on Jones’ resolution to hold up the Commissioner’s extension, he went on to say he “won’t get into detail, but the resolution is still in play.”
Translation: For about the third week in a row on this topic, Jones is telling us he’s not done trying to slow down/stop the extension for Roger Goodell. He’ll fight on!
An Al Davis story: They were having joint practices in the 1990’s and Davis stopped the practice because the Cowboys “were too physical.” Davis supposedly told Jones the Raiders “just got to get the physicalness the Cowboys have.” To which Jones responded: Al that’s tough to do if you stop practice.
Translation: Who knows if the story is true, but more and more, Jones is turning into Al Davis.
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