Tag:Jerry Jones
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:20 pm

Cowboys place Dez Bryant on IR

Posted by Will Brinson

The Cowboys officially ended Dez Bryant's season on Wednesday, placing the rising star on injured reserve, and picked up Keith Cummings off of the Jets practice squad, the team announced.

It was believed that Bryant's season would be over following he broke his ankle Sunday while returning a kick in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys win over the Colts.

"That sets us back," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the time. "That sets us back. I really feel bad for him, but it really sets us back."

Bryant struggled to stay healthy during his rookie season, but when he was on the field, he produced, developing a rapport with Jon Kitna and scoring six touchdowns to go along with 45 receptions and 561 receiving yards in 12 games (two started).

He also returned 12 kickoffs for 293 yards (24.4 per) and 15 punts for 215 yards (14.3 per) and two touchdowns.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:06 pm

Hot Routes 12.1.10 holidays mean fighting injury

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jerry Jones does not believe (publicly) that Marion Barber’s time with the Cowboys is nearing an end.

The Packers now have 13 players on Injured Reserve after shutting down LB Brandon Chillar and TE Spencer Havner for the season.

With Le’Ron McClain (ankle) injured, the Ravens signed former Bears fullback Jason McKie. Safety Ken Hamlin was waived to make room for McKie.

The Ravens are 6-1 at home against the Steelers since 2003. Half of those six wins have come in overtime.

Drew Stanton is likely to start for Detroit against Chicago this Sunday. So much for a trap game upset.

Not that the rabid sports fans of Miami notice or care, but it’s a little ironic that the Browns play the Dolphins on the same week that LeBron returns to Cleveland.

Jaguars LT Eugene Monroe passed his concussion test (we hear he actually got an A- on the thing). The athletic second-year pro should return to the lineup this week.

Part of the drawback of Thursday games is that it leaves less time for injured players to get ready. That appears to be the case with Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

The Seahawks signed David Hawthorne to an extension through 2011. They got the underrated linebacker at a bargain price.

The Bucs chose to release Sabby Piscitelli rather than let him fill-in for injured starter Cody Grimm. Ouch – Piscitelli was a second-round pick in ’07. Looks like Corey Lynch will now get a chance to start.

The ratings for the Cardinals-Niners Monday night game were, as expected, awful. But would you believe that an awful rating for the NFL these days is still an 8.1? MLB and NBA playoff games don’t come close to pulling in that kind of number.

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Biggest and best insults

Jeff Fisher and V. Young aren't exactly getting along these days (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Part of the reason we all follow sports is for all the insult material. I insult your team. You insult his team. You all insult my intelligence. There’s nothing better than a solid day of watching football and insulting all your buddies and having them insult you right back.

Unless it’s watching other people insult each other. Which happens ALL the time in the NFL. I’m not necessarily talking about players woofing at each other on the field, though that obviously has its place on any top-ten insults list. But I’m talking about the crowd insulting a player, a team insulting one of its own or a player insulting a coach in front of the rest of his teammates (psst, this last one might have occurred this past week).

So, let’s explore the best of what the NFL has to offer as far as metaphorically slapping people in the face. And if you choose to ignore this story, your mother wears Army boots.

10. Jonathan Stewart to Panthers offensive line: We’ll start it off relatively mild. After Stewart rushed for 30 yards on 14 carries vs. the Rams in Week 7, he complained about how his offensive line wasn’t opening enough holes. Sure, Stewart has a rushing average of 3.0, but unless Mike Goodson (220 combined yards in the past two games, 12 yards MORE than Stewart’s season total) is rushing behind a different offensive line, I’m not buying Stewart’s argument.

9. Thirty one NFL teams to Marc Mariani: The rookie, drafted in the seventh round this year as the No. 222 overall pick has been a breakout performer for the Titans. Listen, just because he played at Montana doesn’t mean he can’t hang in the NFL. Look at his stats as a punt returner. He’s third in the NFL with a 17.1 yards per punt average and his 87-yard TD return Sunday was his second score of the year.

8. Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco: Palmer has found a new play toy with Terrell Owens – who’s got 12 more catches and four more TDs than Ochocinco. Partially, it’s because Ochocinco, at times, doesn’t run the most technically-proficient routes. Of course, Owens gives up on plays some of the time, but there’s little question Owens has been much more effective this season. And Palmer knows it.

7. John Fox to his bosses/fanbase: I’m not sure this qualifies as an insult because I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in Fox’s head. But here’s what I know: he won’t be back as coach in Carolina next year and he decided not to use backup QB Tony Pike and started Brian St. Pierre last week instead, although St. Pierre was a stay-at-home dad the week before. Pike, a rookie, probably wouldn’t have done much better, but this was an odd move.

B. St. Pierre made his first career start last week, even though he was a stay-at-home dad the week before (US Presswire). 6. San Francisco’s Week 2 MNF crowd to Alex Smith: When you call for David Carr to replace your starting quarterback, Candlestick Park crowd, you insult EVERYONE.

5. Michael Vick to dog lovers everywhere: This is an interesting dynamic. If you’re a dog lover, is it impossible to root for Vick? I love dogs, but I think Vick has paid his debt to society and he shouldn’t be scorned for the rest of his life. I also have friends who would like to see Vick ripped limb by limb by one of his former pets, and they always will hope for that moment. Is it me, or do people make a bigger stink about Vick than they do about, say, Ravens WR Donte Stallworth who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and then served only 24 days in jail?

4. Dallas Cowboys to Wade Phillips: Weird how, as soon as Jerry Jones pick-slips Phillips, Dallas suddenly plays some of its finest football of the season. Interim coach Jason Garrett probably should get a tiny bit of credit, but why suddenly are the Cowboys on a two-game winning streak? Probably because they all hated Phillips and wanted him to fail and fail hard (I kid, I kid).

3. Terrell Owens to Donovan McNabb: It’s beyond me why Owens would feel it necessary to comment on McNabb’s new contract with the Redskins, asking how the new deal could be justified while Washington and McNabb were taking a beating by the Eagles. McNabb came back and basically asked why a guy playing on a 2-7 (now 2-8) team was criticizing anybody. And it was a good point. A better point: why do we listen to Owens at all when he talks this kind of trash?

2. Vince Young to Jeff Fisher: Just one paraphrased quote when Young departed the Titans locker room Sunday while Fisher was giving his postgame talk said it all. “I’m not walking out on my teammates; I’m walking out on you.” The repercussions of that statement will be felt by Fisher and Young for years to come.

1. NFL owners/players to NFL fans: This one hasn’t happened yet, but it’s been hanging over the entire season like a low-lying storm cloud that’s ready to unleash hell at some point soon. Of course, I mean the impending owner lockout, which would stop all work in the NFL. I have a hard time believing the owners and players won’t work something out before the start of the 2011 season, but it’s entirely possible they could give you the biggest insult of all: no football.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Casserly: 'No exceptions to Rooney Rule' for Boys

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones is already pretty excited about Jason Garrett's potential as the future full-time head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

So much so that, he's seeking an exemption for the Rooney Rule (which requires teams to interview minority candidates before hiring a coach) in order to simply lock Garrett in. However, according to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, the league will not grant that exemption.

"I talked to the league," Casserly said on Inside the NFL. "No exceptions for Dallas or any other team with the Rooney Rule. In other words, the job has to be open at the end of the season and a minority candidate has to be interviewed."

Casserly also made an interesting point about Garrett, saying he's "re-instituted mandatory weigh-in's and fines for players that don't meet their weight on a weekly basis."

This attitude is a stark contrast to the way Wade Phillips ran things in Dallas, and if the Cowboys keep winning, it probably means that Jones will do whatever he needs to in order to make Garrett his full-time head coach (which probably means we could have an awkward "courtesy interview" of a minority candidate at some point).

This is also likely why Jones wants Tony Romo to have a shot at returning in 2010 -- that gives Garrett a better chance to win and solidify himself as the front-runner for the position of head coach.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 6:13 pm

Could Tony Romo return for the end of 2010?

Posted by Will Brinson

After Tony Romo's serious shoulder injury against the Giants, it was just kind of presumed that he wouldn't play again in 2010.

After all, the Cowboys weren't going to the playoffs (the season is still safe from saving) and making sure Romo is 100 percent for 2011 had to be considered the team's number one goal.

But Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN this morning that Romo will have "new X-rays within 24 hours" with the presumptive goal being trying to get him back for the latter end of the 2010 season.

There's a VERY interesting dynamic here, because Jerry Jones has to consider the safety of Romo, but also wants to give his would-be coach-in-waiting Jason Garrett the best possible opportunity to win.

As good as Jon Kitna was against the Giants, clearly Romo's a better option -- what will be interesting is how Jones weighs the importance of helping Garrett save his job vs. the long-term health of his franchise quarterback.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 7:31 pm

Jerry Jones might be scheming

Jerry Jones might want to circumvent the Rooney Rule (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be making plans to try to circumvent the Rooney Rule, the imperative that states an NFL team hiring a head coach must interview a minority candidate.

Although Dallas only has won a single game since Jones fired Wade Phillips and replaced him with Jason Garrett, Jones might want to keep Garrett – who was once considered a rising star among assistant coaches – and replace the “interim coach” tag with, um, the, “real coach” tag.

Jones made an appearance on KRLD today, and he said (via the Dallas Morning News) , "There are some extenuating circumstances involved here. On my decision, how we'll make it, I'll have to present that to the league. So we'll see how that goes but I can't give you any type of answer to that because I'm not sure I'm through working the process."

Unless the assistant coach has a clause in his deal that makes him the coach-in-waiting – a clause Pro Football Talk says Garrett does not have – Jones will have to interview a minority. No way around it.

But Jones already has gotten his way around the Rule one other time. In 2003, when he wanted to give the job to Bill Parcells, he interviewed Dennis Green by phone. The NFL said that was fine, but since then, the league has mandated the minority candidate actually be interviewed in person .

Jones, I’m sure, will try to figure something else out if he wants to give the job to Garrett. I don’t know, does Skype count as an in-person interview?

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 8:39 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 8:44 am

Brian Billick says he has not talked to Cowboys

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jerry Jones said last week that two Super Bowl winning head coaches have contacted him about the Cowboys head coaching job. He didn’t say which two, though many assumed that former Ravens head coach Brian Billick (Super Bowl champ in 2000 season) was one of them.

But…B. Billick (US Presswire)

“I have not talked to Jerry Jones,” Billick said, according to Pat McManamon of Fanhouse. “I have not talked to anybody in Dallas.”

Billick is currently an analysts (a tremendous analyst, in fact) for FOX and the NFL Network. He has a rich NFL pedigree, but since being fired in Baltimore in 2007, he has not gotten many sniffs as a potential head coaching candidate.

What makes Billick’s isolation as a coaching candidate odd is that, as McManamon points out, he is not interested in having full control over a franchise.

"It's transitioned to a general manager's league," Billick said. "They call more of the shots, so naturally they lean toward a guy who they can say to: 'Don't worry about personnel, the cap, the budget. Worry about football. And quite frankly if you don't want to talk to the media, the less the better.' To seek out somebody who has a Super Bowl ring on his finger is ambitious for a GM, but that's part of the equation."

Billick’s reputation for arrogance is likely overblown and, what’s more, not significant enough to prevent him from getting another opportunity. So what’s the issue here?

"I've had conversations with people, with team,” Billick said. “Same for Jon (Gruden) and Bill (Cowher), I'm sure. But why my name doesn't get buzzed around, that's really not for me to answer."

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 2:39 pm

Report: Barber broke Garrett's dress code

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported that Jerry Jones wants to give Jason Garrett a chance to earn the head coaching job in Dallas (we'd discussed this after his press conference announcing that Wade Phillips was fired).

In order to earn that job, Casserly cited four specific things -- discipline, motivation, game management and the emotional ebb/flow a coach deals with during a season -- that would play a role in Jones' grading of Garrett's work.

So it'll be extremely interesting to see how Garrett handles an early instance of insubordination on his watch: Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that Marion Barber broke Garrett's dress code for the team's travel.

Instead of wearing "dress clothes [and a] tie," Barber wore "jeans [and an] untucked shirt" according to Breer.

What makes this particularly interesting is that Barber's a team captain, and unless there was some sort of miscommunication from Garrett to the team about the dress code, he doesn't have a great excuse for his attire, outside of "What Wade Would Do."

Players have done worse things before, of course, but if Garrett wants to put his stamp on this team and convince Jerry Jones he commands enough respect to be a head coach in the NFL, he's going to need to dish out some sort of discipline in this instance.

Given how stern he sounded in his first meeting with the media earlier in the week ("business-like" is the only way to properly describe it), seeing him do something extreme wouldn't be shocking.

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