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 a win over the Giants in week two:
On winning their first game of the season: “Boy it feels great. I’m actually in New York today, so it feels good after beating the Giants.”
Jerry speak: I love sticking it to John Mara and all the Giants fans!
Reality: I wonder if there is some news coming about the Cowboys that isn’t good? Otherwise, Jerry’s right, it’s awesome to walk around in enemy territory as a winner.
On Dallas’ defense: “We know a big defense to rely on is a huge asset…we are getting outstanding coaching from Rod (Marinelli) and Kris (Richard) and the players are responding.
Jerry speak: Make sure you credit me with the hiring of Kris Richard this offseason, since the defense is responding well to him. Oh, and that Marinelli guy too.
Reality: The defense has been very good so far and it is a huge asset because right now they are leading the Cowboys, not the offense. The coaching has helped and Richard’s is a big part of their improvement.
On Chidobe Awuzie: Jerry confirmed that people who have “watched Chidobe believe he’s eligible for an All-Pro year.”
Jerry speak: I love to talk my guys up, which, coincidentally, is why I overpay them in free agency. I tell the world how good they are and they use it in negotiations when it’s contract time.
Reality: We’ve got some ways to go and Jones loves to deal in hyperbole, but Awuzie has played well and can work himself into that All-Pro consideration if he keeps it up.
On Randy Gregory and Xavier Woods’ status for game against the Seattle Seahawks: Jones expects both players to be ready for Seattle. He also mentions both will work their way back slowly in practice this week.
Jerry speak: They will play this weekend because I said so.
Reality: It feels like the Cowboys will have both Gregory and Woods back to enhance the defense.
On Dak Prescott running more against the Giants: “It’s a mixed bag. We don’t want to expose him too much, but it does add a dimension to our offense.” Jones adds that Dak is “good throwing on the move.”
Jerry speak: We don’t want our biggest money maker running too much and getting hurt because then we’ll have to play one of our crappy backups. Then we’ll have no chance and you’ll yell at us for keeping both of said crappy backup quarterbacks.
Reality: The Cowboys cannot afford to have Dak not running right now. The offense needs the threat of his legs and Prescott does need to run more until the offense can settle in.
On Tavon Austin’s impact: “Tavion is fast and an outstanding athlete, so we’re going to use him in different ways…can’t use Austin as a decoy if you don’t use him to begin with.”
Jerry speak: He called him Tavion, a few times, just like your parents do when they combine their kids’ names and try to talk too fast. That’s Jerry!
Reality: He’s spot on about this, you can’t have someone be a decoy if you never used them in the first place.
On not going after Josh Gordon: “Rest assured, every player is under evaluation and scrutiny. There is more to consider, more information…we have a behavior policy, conduct policy, financial circumstances. It’s the best and most comprehensive at evaluating talent that we’ve ever been.”
Jerry speak: We know more than you do, I have guys working for this organization who do all the background checks and we were not comfortable with Josh Gordon.
Reality: We can’t take another chance on a troubled player, we already have guys with substance abuse issues.
On Brice Butler: “Butler is here, in Dallas, we’ll keep you updated on his status.”
Jerry speak: If Jerry’s in New York, how is Butler “here, in Dallas?” He’s omnipotent!
Reality: It’s a done deal, the Cow boys will/have signed Butler.
On players talking to media: “I have firsthand experience on how what you say gets interpreted (differently).” And as Public Relations specialist for the Cowboys Rich Dalrymple says, “If you don’t want to read it, don’t say it.”
Jerry speak: This is rich coming from Jerry, who never met a microphone he didn’t like. Jones is all about headlines and talking, because he DOES want to read it.
Reality: Jones is more of a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ kind of guy.
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