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 Tuesday’s with Jerry after another awful performance in week three:
On overall thoughts the loss: “Disappointed…the crowd noise, they have the style of play to frustrate how you play the game. Our coaches kept saying you have to give them credit. They knew some tendencies, they should have, you can get that when you play coaches that have been on your staff.”
Jerry speak: They knew what we were going to do, but we tried to do it anyway. However, their crowd was the biggest reason we lost, can’t expect to win with loud noises! By the way, how do we get crowd noise like that? Do they pump that in like they did in Atlanta?
Reality: It’s astounding to think the Cowboys weren’t prepared to play in a hostile environment. Blaming the crowd is bad, but not worse than not changing your strategy against a team that knows some of your coaching staff’s tendencies.
On his players: “I like our players, I like our coaches. We’ve seen them perform (at a high level), you can go right through the positions…It’s never as bad as it seems when you come in on Monday. You can always find some bright spots. I have not hit the panic button.”
Jerry speak: We lost, but because we will get better. I’ve seen us play better so we can do it again. There’s always a rainbow at the end of my storm!
Reality: This isn’t the same team that was around for 2016 and the first half of 2017, there needs to be some changes made. This isn’t the same team.
On the offenses lack of creativity: “You can’t help but refer to the execution, but some of things we’re doing are very progressive. The stuff we’re doing with Dak on the play-action, the run-pass option. You see other clubs doing those things…I don’t think we’re antiquated in any way.”
Jerry speak: What’s wrong with the three yards and a cloud of dust offense? Other teams run the ball for three yards, even with the run-pass option.
Reality: The offense might have the progressive plays in the playbook, but they aren’t using them enough. They need more variety, if they are in the playbook, use them. They needed more RPO’s on Sunday after they were successful against the Giants.
On making major changes to coaching staff: “We made eight or nine changes to the coaching staff and we’ve had a dramatic change in staff from last year. We’ve changed the coaches’ scope, we’ve changed their area of influence. We did it with Scott Linehan, our secondary coach with (Kris) Richard…We’ve got fresh faces on both sides of the ball. Yeah, we made changes last year.”
Jerry speak: You asked for changes and we made a bunch of them on our coaching staff. See, it’s not me, it’s the coaches and players.
Reality: There have been some changes on the coaching staff, but he hasn’t made the right ones. When you’re scoring 14 points a game, there needs to be offensive changes.
On making Jason Garrett the play caller? “Again, I don’t have any response to that, so the answer is no. I do have a response, no. There have not been any discussions or plans for that.”
Jerry speak: If I do ask for that change, that means Garrett could fail. If that happens and Garrett fails, I may have to fire him. I’m not willing to do that.
Reality: The Cowboys need to think about turning over the play calling to Garrett. Linehan’s game calls haven’t been good and change is needed.
On Dak Prescott’s struggles: “You can be concerned, there’s always areas to improve on. We’ve seen Dak really compete and do well with what we want him to do in areas that he can play better in. We’ve seen him do it this year. We’ve just got to put it together, we can take the positive that we have.”
Jerry speak: You’ve seen me win a Super Bowl, so you know I can do it. Same applies to our quarterback now.
Reality: Prescott needs a lot of work right now and he can be fixed. We have seen the results so we know he can get back to it, but it’s a combination of things right now that are stopping his progress. The coaches, the scheme and Prescott are all at fault.
On his patience during the teams struggles: “The word patience and decision making is relevant…decisions are 50-50. It’s when you let your good one go long and stop as quickly as you can your bad ones. That’s the trick. No one is better than 50-50 in my mind.”
Jerry speak: Decisions are 50-50, but I’m always 100% sure about what I’m doing. We’re you’re the boss, you can do that.
Reality: Patience is not something Cowboys fans want right now. They were fed up with the offense under Scott Linehan and they got rid of too many playmakers this offseason. Change is needed.
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