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 coming off the heels of another big win:
Was Jones rooting for the Redskins or the Eagles: “Couldn’t figure it out until the Eagles won, and then I wished Washington had won after that. Up to that point, I was going both ways.”
Jerry speak: There’s an obvious joke to be made here, fill it in for yourselves.
Reality: We were all in the same boat and we all probably flipped on who we wanted to win. Bottom, it stinks rooting for either team and seeing the Eagles win is always gross.
Is the NFC East Dallas’ to lose? “The next game (vs. Philadelphia) is what it’s all about. Philadelphia is capable of winning the division, this does become such a huge game for us…Philadelphia is key, we beat them I feel like our destiny is more in our hands.”
Jerry speak: If we will this game, we’ll win the division.
Reality: Jerry is spot on, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Cowboys out if they defeat the Eagles on Sunday. If Dallas wins, the playoffs are no longer a pipedream.
Will Tyron Smith play? “I’m amazed that we were able to play just as well without Tyron against the Saints…Now I feel we’re going to have him, there’s no question that should give us a lift.”
Jerry Speak: We messed this up so bad the last few years that I can’t believe we actually won games without Smith.
Reality: The Cowboys prepared themselves to play without Smith and the team finally won because of it.
When Sean Lee returns, will he be a starting linebacker? “Yes, and he needs to be, you’ll have a rotation. Sean has had as much to do with how Leighton Vander Esch has evolved as his coaches have…He’s outstanding to have in the room with those linebackers, on the field with those linebackers, even though he’s not playing or practicing.”
Jerry Speak: He’s even better than the coaches I pay so much for!
Realty: Lee is a leader for this team so it’s not surprising how much he still helps even when he isn’t playing. It feels like Lee will be on the coaching staff when he’s done playing.
Do defenses still matter? “You’ve got to have the big plays, 20 yards or more. You can’t just do it with short yardage plays. Offenses can still make long yardage plays against a good defense…The rules today are structured for the big play, so I tap the brakes a little bit that defenses are as effective as it was 15 years ago. However, the adage that defense wins championships, in my mind, is still there.”
Jerry speak: We tried to win making short yardage plays on offense but realized that didn’t work and traded for Amari Cooper. It took us a little while to get on board, but the rules help offenses, did you know about this?
Reality: It’s tough to play defense in the NFL nowadays, but if you can complement great defense with an efficient offense, you can win a championship. The Cowboys are doing just that now.
On Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard’s impact: “Defense depends so much on passion, giving extreme effort…You’re lucky to get 20 excellent surges on defense and so it’s all about effort, willpower, attitude, all of those things. And Rod Marinelli is the master, he’ll fire you up. Kris Richard has been such a compliment to what Rod Marinelli is, it’s really one of the big pluses of our year.”
Jerry speak: I’m experiencing those surges of willpower and attitude during this win streak, I love being right and I am for bringing in Richards this offseason.
Reality: The defense plays with exceptional effort and attitude, and it’s a tribute to both Marinelli and Richards. The Cowboys need to lock up Richards as the defensive coordinator before another team poaches him.
If beating the Saints made him feel differently about this team: “Yes…the players themselves will be different once they have tasted and made themselves aware of this extraordinary level of play. That happens, that’s real. You evolve…The taste of success motivates you. But I’ve also said that setbacks can motivate you too because criticism motivates you, you want to prove them wrong.”
Jerry speak: I want so badly to win and shove it in anyone’s face that has criticized me!
Reality: The momentum built by this team is real, beating the Saints showed what this Cowboys team is capable of and it feels like a different team right now.
On if he’s watching the Kareem Hunt situation: “Keeping a very close eye and have a keen interest in how that is playing out…The truth is that to get to be a part of the NFL, you have to give up some of the rights that maybe you would have if you weren’t part of the NFL.”
Jerry speak: I’m going to watch this very closely to see how the league handles this situation after the NFL railroaded us and Ezekiel Elliott. We’ll find out just how dirty the other owners were last season when it happened to a Cowboy.
Reality: The team already has a legitimate gripe after the league didn’t do their diligence in investigating despite there being a video on Hunt’s actions, yet left no stone unturned in the Elliott probe with circumstantial evidence. It’s more about owners who have beefs with each other rather than domestic violence, which is disgusting.
*Please note, not all quotes are exact, but the words come straight from Jerry Jones