Jerry Jones will not relinquish G.M. duties

Jerry JonesCowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to make this absolutely clear: He will remain the team’s general manager. Period.

After Jones told NBC’s Bob Costas that he would have fired a general manager who had his own record as general manager, some people thought Jones was acknowledging that perhaps he should step back and give up the G.M. authority. But Jones said on 105.3 The Fan today that the Cowboys are his team, and that means he’s picking the players.

“We are not structured that way,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We didn’t structure it that way with my ownership. There’s no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That’s never been anybody’s misunderstanding. It’s been a debated thing, but it’s just not going to happen. We’ve had success doing it this way and we’re going to have success in the future doing it this way. It eliminates some very serious issues when you look around the league, as to creating an additional layer that you’re continually having decisions, making changes, doing those kinds of things.”

Jones said that when Costas asked him if Jones the owner would have fired Jones the general manager, Jones was just answering a hypothetical. He was not in any way indicating that he’s considering giving up the general manager authority. Because he isn’t.

“It’s real clear. I was asked the question, ‘If you were an owner and you had a general manager, would you make a change?’ Under those circumstances I speculated that I would probably have made a change, but that’s not our situation,” Jones said. “To change, I’d have to change myself. People don’t do that. If you’ve got the commitment and you have the investment, and I’m talking about in time, effort, all of those kind of things, you change yourself. You don’t change out and have someone else go in there and do it. And that would be misleading to begin with because no one would believe you if you hired somebody at that spot and really believe that he’s not sitting there and ultimately at what I want to do. Somebody would say, ‘Why don’t you just mentally let them go do it.’ I’m not built that way.” Read more…

Jerry Jones locked out of locker room after Cowboys loss

Jerry Jones told Bob Costas over the weekend that Jones the owner would have fired Jones the G.M. by now.  After Sunday night’s loss to the Falcons, the Cowboys may have tried to fire both guys.

According to Matt Barrie of NBC 5 in Dallas, “Jerry Jones just pounded [the] locker room door because no one would let him in.  It’s the angriest I’ve seen him all year.”

Like him or not, the guy owns the team.  He has every right to be in the locker room after the game.  So we can understand why he’s mad.

Jones should be more upset about the team’s performance.  Since looking like a Super Bowl contender on the first night of the season, the Cowboys have won two and lost five. Read more…

NFL Week 8: The week’s 5 best bets

*Home team in CAPS

Giants over the COWBOYS-   We picked the Giants over the ‘Skins last week and see no reason why they shouldn’t repeat this week vs the ‘Boys in Dallas. After all, since the $1.2 billion stadium was built in Dallas in 2009, the Giants have had ‘home field advantage’, going 3-0 in their building! Injuries will have a greater impact on the Cowboys this week as RB DeMarco Murray will sit out for another game and RB Felix Jones is questionable. Dallas will also be without their starting center and their leading tackler Sean Lee who’s out for the remainder of the season (toe). The Giants will have Chris Canty, Prince Amukamara, and a healthy Hakeem Nicks, all of whom were missing in the season opening loss to the Cowboys.

JETS over the Dolphins- The 3-3 Jets beat the Dolphins in Miami 23-20 in week #3 and we think history will repeat itself at Met Life Stadium this Sunday. Although Miami boasts the receiver who came into last weeks games leading the NFL in receiving yardage, Brian Hartline, he was held to just one reception for 41 yards when these two teams last met. Could be because at the end of last week, the Jets have  given up the least amount of fantasy points to wide receivers in the league. That will mean a lot of Reggie Bush, something that the Jets are well aware of. Kerley, Hill, & Keller should all have a decent day against a Dolphins team that yields the 8th most fantasy points to wide receivers- if Sanchez gets the time. A victory gets the Jets another divisional win and evens their record at 4-4 going into their bye week. They’ll take it… Read more…

Fantasy Football Week 7 waiver wire pickups

Felix JonesWith a plethora of injuries following Week 6, and in addition to another in a series of bye weeks, there are some nice additions that you can make to your roster listed here. The key is to act quickly before you find yourself scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel. Here are our best five waiver wire pickups for Week 7.

Josh Gordon-WR-Browns- There certainly appears to be some decent chemistry between QBBrandon Weeden and WR Josh Gordon. Targeted the second most times in last week’s contest, Gordon had a 71 yard touchdown pass vs the Bengals and totaled 99 yards on the day. This week he’ll go up against the Indianapolis Colts who have given up the 7th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Owned in less than 20% of leagues, Gordon makes for a decent flex play and serviceable WR2 in Week  7.

Felix Jones-RB-Cowboys- With usual starting RB DeMarco Murray (foot) already ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Felix Jones become a Must Add in all formats this week. Jones ran for just under the century mark (92 yards) and a touchdown against Baltimore last week and should have an easier time of it vs a Panther’s team that’s yielded the 2nd most fantasy points to running backs. Plus, Jones can catch a ball or two as well and will be an asset in PPR leagues this week as well. As of Tuesday, Jones was owned in only 26% of leagues; a figure that’s sure to triple before the week is over. Read more…

Ten gallon hats, true love and one unhappy Dallas millionaire

Jerry Jones

Jerry JonesWith all this talk about sexuality and sports, one high-profile athlete has finally emerged from the proverbial closet.

That athlete… is the Dallas Cowboys.

The following story has to be a stiff thorn in Jerry Jones’ side, which is better than something else that might be sticking in his backside if he were to frequent the website that bears his team’s name.

According to a recent Yahoo article, the NFL’s most recognizable franchise tried to purchase the URL Cowboys.com.   Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?  They already own DallasCowboys.com, but unfortunately not the neighboring URL with Dallas in the name.

So let’s say you were a Dallas fan and decided to visit Cowboys.com to see how your team fared this weekend.  You wouldn’t find any box scores, stats or tidbits about the game, but you would find other information on balls, holding and contact.  Cowboys.com, which Jones has wanted to purchase since 2007, is a gay, online dating service where you can find “a man to ride off into the sunset with.”  Yeehaw!

Not exactly the image Jones wants associated with his brand although after a rocky start to the season, I would imagine a number of those online cowboys have a better passing rating than Tony Romo. Read more…

NFL Week 3: The week’s best bets

Tony RomoThis should be the week that trends begin to take shape, separating the future contenders from the pretenders. Did you know that five teams remain undefeated while six are winless? And that one team has given just 17 points in their two games while another holds the league high at 79? We went a disappointing 3-2 last week bringing our season total to 7-3. Here’s this weeks picks:

*Home team in CAPS

COWBOYS over the Buccaneers- Notwithstanding Dallas’ loss to the Seahawks last week, (a lot of teams have a difficult time in Seattle with that crowd noise), we believe that the ‘Boys home opener will result in their second win of the season. The Bucs exposed their weak defense last week when they gave up over 600 yards to the N.Y. Giants. Tampa Bay simply does not have the firepower to keep up with Dallas who would like to dispose of the Bucs before welcoming the Bears next Monday Night.

BROWNS over the Bills- Cleveland is one of the best or at least the most unluckiest 0-2 teams in the league losing both their games by a total of eight points. If you remember thanks to some late heroics, the Eagles pulled out a one point victory over the Browns who showed they can play some D. Last week, QB Brandon Weeden and No. 1 pick RB Trent Richardson started to exhibit their talent and we got a taste of what they are capable of doing. Still not impressed with Buffalo although Cleveland will see plenty of C.J. Spiller this Sunday. If he can be contained the way LeSean McCoy was, than Cleveland should garner their first win of the season. Read more…

Fantasy Football Week 2 waiver wire pickups

Alfred Morris

Source: Patrick McDermott

It was great having football back last weekend! Drafts are over and the craziness that was Week 1 is now in the books. Now comes the hard part. Deciding which of the several breakout stars of Week 1 to grab or just leave alone. However, the pickups made before Week 2 are usually the most important for grabbing potential studs. Study carefully and consider some of these choices we’ve made for you:

1. Alfred Morris-RB- Washington Redskins- No surprise with this pickup as he made fantasy headlines with his breakout week 1 performance vs the Saints. He compiled 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, singling himself as the new starting back in Washington. With his 28 carries it is no secret that Morris will be the main go-to-back and, at worst, will end up at least as a RB2 with many of the goal line carries going his way. To say this is a Must Add would be an understatement!  Just remember as long as Mike Shanahan is the coach there will be some mystery attached to any back on his team. Of course with the Rams on tap in week 2, Morris is an absolute start should you be lucky enough to get him.

2. Kevin Ogletree-WR-Dallas Cowboys- Over 180,000 owners snatched up the wideout within 24 hours of his season début on Wednesday night vs the Giants. Over 2 million have grabbed the upstart WR in the 3 days that followed. If he’s still a part of your waiver wire, you can feel free to pick him up but temper your expectations as there are other weapons on the Cowboys (Miles Austin, Jason Witten) who, if they were playing at 100% last Wednesday and against a team with a viable healthy secondary, Ogletree doesn’t have the game of his life. If you have bench room, go ahead and get him. If not there are other WR’s available with a bigger upside. Read more…

Jerry Jones denies Cowboys have special rules for Dez Bryant

Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant

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We’ve noted that the reports that theDallas Cowboys have created a special list of off-field rules for receiver Dez Bryant could constitute a violation of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players. So it’s not surprising that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is saying that his team hasn’t actually created special rules for Bryant at all.

Asked in a radio interview today if the team had created special rules for Bryant, Jones answered, “no.”

I’m not so sure where the media has come up with detail of this nature,” Jones said on KRLD-FM via the Star-Telegram.

So where did the story come from that Bryant has been told to avoid strip clubs and alcohol, get home by midnight and seek counseling? Jones says it’s just that the Cowboys have urged Bryant to “conform to good behavior, the kind of behavior that the commissioner expects, that society expects and that anybody expects if you’re going to get the opportunities you are.”  Read More…

DeMarcus Ware: No one has blocked me like Tyron Smith

DeMarcus Ware

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Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Waresays there’s only one offensive tackle in the league who can shut him down. Fortunately for the Cowboys, that happens in practice, not games.

Ware says Tyron Smith, the Cowboys’ 2011 first-round draft pick, has been making his life difficult in training camp, and has blocked him like no other NFL offensive lineman has.

“The crazy thing about Tyron is he’s the first guy that when you lock up with him, you can’t get off of him,” Ware said on KESN-FM, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s the first guy to ever do that to me. That shows the strength he has and how quick he is on the inside. He’s a very good, young aggressive tackle. When you try to beat him inside, you can’t. He’s just that athletic. Cowboys fans don’t have anything to worry about. He’s getting the job done and working hard.”  Read More…

Top defensive NFC rookie prospects for 2012


Morris Claiborne

One pick can change an entire defense. Every year when the draft comes around, teams dream of finding that guy who can take an average or below-average defense and instantly make it respectable. The Lions hit that jackpot a couple of years ago with Ndamukong Suh, but he was a rare prospect. Most teams in this year’s draft are going to be happy if the picks they’ve made can just make modest improvements to their unit’s performance.

1. Morris Claiborne, Cowboys CB

It’s always nice to acquire a guaranteed starter with a draft pick, and that’s exactly what Dallas did when they moved up to draft Morris Claiborne. With Claiborne, the Cowboys have added a cornerback who’s already NFL-ready without any concerns about taking time to develop. He’s polished and doesn’t lack the stone hands that many rookie defensive backs have.

Making this acquisition even more lethal is the fact that Claiborne isn’t coming into a weak defense. The Cowboys gave up a lot of passing yards last season, but in terms of touchdowns allowed they were in the middle of the pack. With the addition of Claiborne, the Cowboys might have a top ten defense at the end of the season. Read more here…

Morris Claiborne tested early in Cowboys camp

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The Dallas Cowboys have been waiting a long time to see what they got when they traded up to the sixth pick to select cornerback Morris Claiborne in April, so it’s not surprising they had no patience when they finally got Claiborne on the field.

Claiborne missed all of this spring’s OTAs and minicamps while he rehabbed after wrist surgery. He’s gotten a green light to get back to work and the Cowboys didn’t waste any time putting that green light to the test during a practice for rookies on Wednesday. On the first play of team drills, the Cowboys called a deep pass play on Claiborne’s side of the field. The ball fell incomplete, but the message was received.

“I know I’ve got to get out there,” Claiborne said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They’re not going to wait on me, just like I came out here today and they didn’t try to ease me in. They threw me right in there and had me go get out there, and I was looking forward to that. I knew they were coming. During game times, I know they’re coming. We did a good job of playing it. I got a little behind on it, but the corner from the other side came over and gave me some good help.” Read more here…

TTR game changers: NFC East

Join us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012. 

New York Giants – The defending Super Bowl champions pretty much shocked everyone in 2011.  Not because we are surprised that they are a good team, but primarily because of the amount of injuries that hit this team at the beginning of the season.  Their secondary was decimated before the season even got rolling.  They prevailed, and that is reason to think they will be even better this year with Terrell Thomas back in the fold.  Yes they drafted Prince Amukamara last year, but I am not sold on the young man yet, and I think that if Thomas is able to stay healthy this season that he is on the field more than the Prince.  Thomas was just given a nice extension this offseason despite missing all of 2011.  People also tend to forget how productive he has been in recent years. In fact according to Pro Football Focus, in terms of fantasy football he was ranked 2nd and 1st in scoring in 2009 and 2010, respectively.  He has had plenty of time to rehab his injury, and should be a big contributor in 2012.

Dallas Cowboys –  The Cowboys have had time to settle into Rob Ryan’s complex defensive scheme and we should expect them to emerge as one of the games best units in 2012.  One of the key players that I expect to emerge this season is the second year linebacker Bruce Carter.  Carter was a dynamic and explosive linebacker who played sideline to sideline at UNC, but his draft stock fell due to injury.  Watching his film at UNC you could see he was an instinctive player with speed, explosiveness and the fluidity that you need in today’s NFL.  Unfortunately the injury cost him millions, but as a result he probably landed with a better team than he might have otherwise.  Now, nearly two years removed from injury Carter is fully recovered and healthy and could be a major impact player in that Dallas defense, as he claws his way into the starting lineup.

To see the full series click here.

Jason Garrett plays counselor for Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys head coach Garrett congratulates wide receiver Bryant on his touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL football game in Tampa
Anyone who’s been arrested for grabbing his mother by the hair and slapping her probably comes from a dysfunctional family, and people from dysfunctional families can benefit from counseling. So it makes sense that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says receiver Dez Bryant could benefit from counseling.
Garrett said Wednesday that the Cowboys are ready to assist Bryant in seeking counseling, and hoping he takes the help that’s offered to him.

“We believe we have as good of a players’ assistance program in all of professional sports,” Garrett said, via the San Antonio Express-News. “We believe it’s really, really important to help our players in every way that we can. We’re well-staffed in that area. We believe in counseling for people who need it. We try to do that for all of our players. Dez will be a part of that and we just want to help him. We have great resources. We embrace the opportunity to help him.”

Garrett said he has been in regular contact with Bryant since he was charged with a Class A misdemeanor family violence, and he’ll continue to lend a hand as Bryant deals with the issue.
“First and foremost, we support Dez Bryant’s family,” Garrett said. “We support Dez. We support his mom. We want to help them in anyway we can. We have the resources to do that. Read more here…

Cowboys’ Romo supports Dez Bryant

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It could probably be argued that the tumultuous start to Cowboys third-year receiver Dez Bryant’s NFL career should have been predictable, considering his track record coming out of Oklahoma State. The extent of Bryant’s off-field issues reached a new low on Monday when he was arrested for allegedly domestically assaulting his own mother.

But Bryant maintains supporters in the Cowboys’ locker room, and they begin with quarterback Tony Romo.

“The one thing I know is that Dez knows I have his back,” Romo told ESPN’s Ed Werder in a Friday interview. “Dez knows I’ll be there for him. Dez knows that I’m going to stick up for him.”

In spite of the arrest, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently indicated that he believes the organization’s best option is to throw its support behind Bryant and commit to him, rather than turn its back on the 23-year-old receiver when he needs his team the most. After all, Bryant worked his tail off this offseason.  Read More…

T.O. desperate, talks about his respect for Jerry Jones

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The Terrell Owens “Please Hire Me” tour continues, as the controversial wide receiver tries to get past his ill-fated stint with the Allen Wranglers.

In an interview with Yahoo.com (via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News), Owens expressed his admiration for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (The full video can be seen here).

“Jerry’s a great guy,” Owens said. “Obviously, he gave me an opportunity in 2006 and I had a great three years there with the Cowboys. That’s the type of guy Jerry is. It goes beyond just the football relationship. I think he’s done that not only with myself, he’s done that with a number of his players. You think about the Troy [Aikman]s, the Emmitt [Smith]s the Michael [Irvin]s, Charles Haley.

“These relationships continue to go on even when football stops. So I think that’s what’s most notable and admirable about Jerry.”

Read more here…