I appreciate that Jerry Jones would actually go to the microphone and talk to people. It’s something his brothers in the NFL refuse to do, and if they did, they could have the most valuable sports franchise in the world. Is Jones speaking in a way that no other team owner would ever say for transparency, like on a weekly radio show, or is he doing it because the billionaire feeds his ego that way? I’m not here to judge what’s on Jones’ head, but what he’s saying into the microphone, which is public information.
On Tuesday, he sat in front of the media on the far right, his son Stephen on the far left and coach Mike McCarthy in the center. Nice seating arrangement to try, but you’re not fooling anyone.
A reporter played back what Jones said earlier at a news conference. He said the phone didn’t ring, but they were calling about taking action in the draft.She admits he might be joking, but she throws the phrase at him, and then ask Jones, if he calls anyone about a move in the draft. Again he joked that the line was from a country song, maybe Rusty Jones’ “If the phone doesn’t ring, you’ll know it’s me.” Although YouTube has only 2,000 views, this is from 2012, and Jimmy Buffett released it in 1985 song It’s definitely not a country song with a similar title.
Regardless, Jones then spends a full 4 minutes and 15 seconds talking about how risk aversion averages out teams and how everyone from executives to coaches is involved in the process. He interrupts the monologue by throwing his son off the bus. Jones took credit for last season’s Micah Parsons selection — making the All-Pro first team as a rookie — and placed the 2017 Taco Charlton draft pick at the feet of son Stephen.Charlton may not have played for the Cowboys, but the Cowboys National had a lot of fun with those Taco Bueno teams advertise Even before he played the game.
Also, while it’s not uncommon for billionaires to answer any of our farmers’ questions, Jones should be aware that he’s speaking from the cleanest glass house in America while taking a quick jab at his son. The man sitting between them, Coach McCarty, made a bad decision during his tenure. The Green Bay Packers have had success under McCarthy but haven’t tasted a championship since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. Aaron Rogers Might be a less genuine Kyrie Irving, but he’s also one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Once most of that team’s talent was old, McCarthy didn’t fight back.
Never forget, the Packers had to start wide receiver Ty Montgomery as running back in an emergency as their backcourt was devastated by injuries. McCarthy, who saw 451 yards in 10 regular-season starts and 91 in three playoff starts, is the rationale for the Stanford wide receiver to be the starting running back next season. He totaled 271 yards and started just five games.
Also, which of the Cowboys’ draft mistakes were on Jones? I’ll let Felix Jones go easy on his injury (though Rashard Mendenhall is much better), but what about Bobby Carpenter? Steph chose Gavin Escobar in the second round of the 2013 draft to possibly replace Jason Witten? How about trading three picks to pick Roy Williams, who I remember best? Because Dez Bryant refuses to carry his pad?
On the subject of trading, how has the Joey Galloway thing worked out? Jones traded two first-round picks for a wide receiver in 2000. The ACL injury wasn’t Jones’ fault, but since Troy Aikman didn’t make the Pro Bowl, giving up a first-round pick for a wide receiver two years in a row in 1996, he could afford it all responsibility.
Let’s not forget Jones’ biggest mistake, firing one of the greatest coaches in football history in a fight for himself. Jimmy Johnson should keep coaching the Cowboys until he decides not to. In its place was a bunch of Barry Switzers, Dave Campos, Jason Garretts, and now Mike McCarthys, who marched to Jerry’s drums.
I get the joke, how much self-esteem it takes to make a public statement when you’re so valuable you don’t need to talk to anyone but your assistant. But Jerry, I mean congratulations to Parsons on the draft pick and your other successes, Tyron Smith, Dak Prescott, et cetera.Yet the world’s most valuable sports franchise hasn’t won a title since your Pizza Hut advertise with Deion Sanders. It’s definitely not Stephen’s fault.