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 highlights from the final Tuesday’s with Jerry for the 2017 season, there is a lot to review today:
On celebrating a New Year: “We are well intended…we have a mentality to start fresh; change some things we did previously in the past 12 months.”
Translation: I intended to win the Super Bowl, but…
On the return of coordinators Rod Marinelli and Scott Linehan: “We have a lot to talk about this week (assuming he means evaluations), the answer is yes.”
Translation: Even though we are talking about a new year and changing things from the past 12 months, we are going to stick with the guys who helped us go 9-7 and miss the playoffs. That doesn’t seem like a fresh start.
Continuity versus change: “I’m a mixed bag…when you work for yourself, then what has to change is the mirror. That has to have constant evaluation and I believe in change. I’m not afraid of it.”
Translation: I’m not going to fire myself, but I do get new mirrors every year, since 1996! Oh also, Jason Garrett is coming back.
On keeping Jason Garrett: “Not even a thought for me.” Jones went on to say you pay a price when you change head coaches in the NFL and said that coaches rarely stick around for “longer than five years.” Finally, “the team is in a good spot with Jason as head coach.”
Translation: I love missing the playoffs, it’s good to not be nervous for all those meaningful games. It’s a “good spot” to have a winning record. (Ben’s comment: This is a troubling comment after the season the Cowboys just had, you cannot be in a “good spot” if you miss the playoffs and have so many uneven performances. Oh, and told ya Garrett was never on the hot seat).
On offense being too predictable: “Easy to say, looks like they knew what was coming a lot of the time…don’t want to dismiss the execution, but you better have a twist or two to keep them off guard.” Jones then recounted a story about former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula about the Cowboys’ early 1990’s, teams “knew what Dallas was running, the thing was they couldn’t stop it.”
Translation: We believe in our system, but tweaks are needed. We can all agree on this, sweeping changes aren’t needed, but there has to be more wrinkles on both offense and defense to keep teams off balance.
On Dez Bryant’s assessment of the offense: “It’s obvious we didn’t get enough big plays, I agree with him.”
Translation: I’m going to side with my player, the offense needs to create more big plays. Both Bryant and Jones are right, they do need more big plays, but remember, they are keeping the offensive coordinator. Is that something that makes sense to you?
On Dak Prescott: “Didn’t have the year, stat wise, or we didn’t have the most important one of all, is we didn’t win the games he won his first year…I can’t tell you how excited I am about our future with Dak Prescott on getting the job done.” Jones also praised Prescott’s preparedness: “But, boy he’s got everything to do it, he’s physical, he can throw it well enough, he can handle adversity, he can prepare. All the things you want from the quarterback…I’ll assure you this, I can say unequivocally, Dak is so much more prepared to have a better season in year three than he was going into his second because of the experience he’s had. The adversity he has had, that’s costly stuff to get adversity.”
Translation: I’m very comfortable with Dak Prescott as our quarterback and he’ll be better because of what we went through this season. 100% agree with this, Dak will be better in the long run for going through this crap show of a season.
On what caused Cowboys to miss playoffs: “What happened in Denver there early; what in the world happened there? Secondly, how could we have gotten in the shape we did against Atlanta…Let’s have answers.”
Translation: We had a few major missteps this season, I want to make sure they don’t happen again.
On his message to Ezekiel Elliott: “He’s an integral part (of the Cowboys), a lot of people depend on him. In general, we would all be the first to tell you that he’s got to do what every player that’s been a part of the Cowboys do, they evolve. Their roughest years, relative to having unintended consequences, happen either due to your behavior or judgement, usually happens in the first couple of years in the league.”
Translation: We’re going to do everything we can to keep Zeke out of the spotlight in the offseason and try to help him make better decisions. Sounds like ‘Dez Rules’ are going to become the ‘Zeke Rules’ and he deserves it. Let’s hope it works.
On Elliott taking the suspension earlier in the year: “I’m a great hindsighter, I do spend a lot of time looking at what’s happened in the past…I can’t figure that one out.” Jones went on to say, “where we lost the prize, if you will, was when we had Zeke earlier in the year.”
Translation: Jones is dead-on accurate, the losses early in the season when the Cowboys had Elliott, crushed their season, not the games when he was suspended.
On Randy Gregory: “I really can’t tell you because I don’t know. Secondly, I can’t tell you because of the confidentiality of it. But he’s our player and we’ve got his rights, that’s important…He’s got skill, I’m hopeful that we’ll get the benefit of it at some point.”
Translation: Gregory is a really good pass rusher and I hope we can still get some use out of him, whenever that is.
Was beating Philadelphia important enough to lose draft spots? “Absolutely, it’s important. We want to have a winning season. If you can deal with what we’ve dealt with and have a winning season, let’s pick the areas we would like to improve upon…I wanted that win, a lot.”
Translation: Having a winning season meant more than a few draft spots, let the record show I had a winning record in a difficult year!
Final message to the team: “The word now is very big, N-O-W. Now is very important. The defense is on the come, it’s going to be better. Quarterback, we’ve got a good footprint what we want to be with the offensive line and with the running attack…let’s get it coached up and get it out there and give ourselves a chance to be where we’re not right now. I’m not dismayed, but I really am taken back that we are not in the playoffs.”
Translation: We need to win next year, and if we don’t, there will be heck to pay! Now you can say it, Jason Garrett and his staff are on the hot seat. Believe it.
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