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 an awful loss:
On why the offense kept running when it wasn’t working: “Not sure we kept running in, we threw for almost 400 yards…we made an adjustment. The alarming thing is we had to have brilliant play by our QB’s and WR’s to stay in the ball game…They (Minnesota) are a good football team and we weren’t able to get it done. That’s a concern going into the last seven games.”
Jerry Speak: We threw the ball all over the field and we lost, why wouldn’t we want to run the ball?
Reality: There were too many first-down runs that hindered the team’s ability to win the game.
On Jason Garrett’s stubbornness in continuing to want to establish the run: “We can make adjustments in our run game, based on second-guessing. We can utilize some RPO’s and we have the ability to run them with our quarterback to make the run game more effective.”
Jerry Speak: I want to use Dak Prescott’s legs more.
Reality: Jones hinted a few times at using Prescott’s mobility in the running game and it has been sorely lacking in the last few weeks. The offense needs to have Dak run more as a weapon.
On 2nd and 3rd down runs at end of the game: “I like the run/pass option on the goal line…how many times have we seen Dak run it in there.”
Jerry Speak: Did I mention I want to see Dak run more?
Reality: The Cowboys do love the Prescott runs near the goal line, so do other teams, it’s now been shut down by the Jets and the Vikings in the last few weeks. The team needs a variation of the play call to keep defenses honest.
On making sure the Cowboys you Ezekiel Elliott because they paid him $90: “Are we using him because we have him on the field? The fact is we wanted to have Zack on the field to win football games. He’s helped us win football games.”
Jerry Speak: I love me some Zack Morris, Saved By The Bell was a hell of a show!
Reality: Jones clearly meant Zeke, but said Zack. Elliott does help the Cowboys win games, but last Sunday was more about the passing game eating up the Vikings.
On the run defense getting manhandled: “It’s like two handfuls of Jello, about the time you stop it from coming out of one hand, it starts to come out of the other…Gotta keep pushing and get better.”
Jerry Speak: All I can eat these days is Jello!
Reality: The Cowboys haven’t been able to put it all together this season, there seems to be a new problem each game. When that issue gets fixed, along comes another problem.
On Leighton Vander Esch playing through pain: “Don’t confuse the reason why he was out the other day with why he was out a few weeks ago. He did some good things out there; not sure we appreciate the work put in during the week and how it affects your play on Sunday.”
Jerry Speak: These guys are working hard to earn their checks.
Reality: It has to take its toll on a player to rehab so hard during the week to get ready to play, but not get to practice in preparation.
On not having a coaching advantage each week: “That’s a clever way of saying the coach gets the most blame, then the offensive coordinator, and then the QB. Those are the ones that get it on the head the most.”
Jerry Speak: I’m not going to blame my hand-picked head coach, it takes a team effort to screw up the game like we did.
Reality: Jones should acknowledge there were mistakes made by the coaching staff the other night, but it was a collective effort to blow the game. It’s on the players and the coaches.
On Dak’s performance being the turning point of the offense: “I’m not as definitive as you are. It was a great game from Dak Prescott. I use the Benjamin Franklin theory, I take a piece of paper and I draw a line down the middle of it. I put all the good things in one column, and the bad things in the other. If I have more good than bad, that’s how I get through things. Dak’s ability showed us if they want to stop the run, and dare Dak to beat them with an arm, he can do it.”
Jerry Speak: I remember when Benjamin Franklin used that kite to help invent electricity.
Reality: Jones didn’t need the Ben Franklin theory, he knows Prescott had an amazing night and can be trusted to win the game.
On Tavon’s return: “Communication needs to be crisper, they didn’t want a lot of time taken on the return. On the other hand, you’ve got to realize when you can get a return…Had he known the gunners were going to stay inside, he certainly would’ve returned it.”
Jerry Speak: From now on, I’ll call down to the coaches and tell them what to do.
Reality: There have been too many versions of what happened, lack of communication feels exactly right.
On Dak getting the franchise tag as reported by NFL Network: “He has no idea, I’d be the only one who knows whether he’s right or wrong and he has no idea.”
Jerry Speak: No one can get inside my head!
Reality: No one can possibly know at this point what’s going to happen with Prescott’s contract, so it’s all speculation at this time.
105.3 Fan thinks Jerry’s too positive considering the loss: “I’ve had it too good, so I have to look at the ways we can improve and I do that. Life’s better that way…I haven’t been accused of being too comfortable in my life. We want it more than we ever had in my life, it’s gnawing at me…what I’ve found is that sitting at the side of your bed saying ‘woe is me’ isn’t helpful at all. You’d better get up and do something about it and that takes a positive mentality.”
Jerry Speak: You can’t change my positive mindset.
Reality: It’s been a common theme to believe that Jones doesn’t care whether the team wins or loses, and nothing could be further from the truth.
*Please note, not all quotes are exact, but the words come straight from Jerry Jones