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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones reportedly ‘very intrigued’ by Lincoln Riley as potential head coach

Lincoln Riley

Jerry Jones gave his latest public endorsement of Jason Garrett earlier this week when he said it would be a losing proposition to bet on the head coach being fired, but a lot can change over the course of a few months. If the Dallas Cowboys do decide to move on from Garrett following the season, they may already have their top replacement in mind.

It is no secret that NFL teams would have interest Lincoln Riley if the Oklahoma head coach decided he wanted to coach at the pro level, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Jones is “very intrigued” by the idea of hiring Riley if the Cowboys do not extend Garrett’s contract. There is a belief that Riley would be open to considering the right NFL opportunity next season, and it doesn’t get much better than the Dallas job between the high-profile nature of it and core players they already have in place.

Jones is unlikely to make a coaching change in the middle of the season, but there’s a reason the Cowboys chose to let Garrett enter a lame duck year rather than giving him a contract extension. The expectations in Dallas are as high as they have been in years, and Troy Aikman said recently that there’s a feeling the Cowboys need to at least reach the NFC Championship Game in order for Garrett to keep his job.

As for Riley, there may come a time when the interest from NFL teams is simply too strong to ignore. His Sooners are 6-0 following Saturday’s big win over Texas, and Jalen Hurts is in contention to be the school’s third consecutive Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. A recent report shed some light on just how much of a hot commodity Riley has become in the NFL, so Jones may get the urge to be at the forefront of that movement.

Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott price tag not changing based on performance

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension, and there has been some thought that his performance this season may impact what he’s able to get.

According to owner Jerry Jones, however, that’s not the case. Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that such a narrative is “laughable.”

“Well, first of all, the narrative about his financial as opposed to how he’s playing is laughable. It’s just not that way,” Jones said, via the team’s official website. “It’s too much on both ends of that for both ends of the team and for Dak to equate his performance, stats, or won-loss these first two or three games.

“Let me get that real clear. It’s not impacting that with me at all. But I do see Dak showing the ability to handle adversity and basically go out and make the kind of plays that win important games for the Cowboys in the future. I see that.”

Prescott hasn’t significantly hurt his cause. He’s thrown for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns, though he has added six interceptions this season as well.

There’s nothing close between Prescott and the Cowboys right now. Jones certainly doesn’t want his quarterback trying to increase his price tag, which may be partially motivating these comments.

Watch: Jerry Jones hung out with swarms of fans on Bourbon Street

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys are in New Orleans this week to take on the Saints, and Jerry Jones appears to be immersing himself in the local culture.

Jones spent some time strolling down the famous Bourbon Street late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. He was surrounded by security, of course, but several fans shared videos on social media of Jones mingling with the people.

Though there are very few 76-year-olds who would be walking down Bourbon Street at midnight with a drink in their hand, Jones has never shied away from the public spotlight. That’s one of the reasons a member of his own family has protected him from social media, but he’s always going to do whatever he wants when he wants. That must have been a pretty cool experience for Cowboys fans who traveled to New Orleans for the big game.

Jerry Jones has hilarious take on Robert Quinn’s sack dance

Jerry Jones

Robert Quinn made his debut with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after being suspended for the first two games of the season, and he wasted no time picking up his first sack and celebrating like he has always been with the franchise. To no one’s surprise, Jerry Jones loved it.

Quinn sacked Josh Rosen in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ win over the Miami Dolphins, and he immediately went into the “ride the pony” routine.

In his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones said the celebration was one of the best he has seen. He then decided to share some information about how Ezekiel Elliott busts out the same dance while wearing a towel in the locker room.

You could argue that Jones gave up a bit too much information there, but the man loves to talk. We would expect nothing less.

It wasn’t that long ago that Jones and Elliott appeared to be on rocky ground because of some public comments Jones made, but a massive contract extension seems to have resolved those issues.

Jerry Jones throws Taco Charlton under the bus after waiving him

Taco Charlton

The Dallas Cowboys selected defensive lineman Taco Charlton in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it’s fair to say they were quite disillusioned with him by the time they placed him on waivers this week.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not mince words in explaining why the team opted to move on from Charlton after just over two seasons. Jones accused Charlton of wilting, and said he struggled to mentally recover after bad practices.

Ouch. Jones is known to be a straight shooter, but that’s a very harsh assessment of a former first-round selection.

The stats bear out that Charlton just didn’t contribute enough. After picking up three sacks in his rookie year, Charlton’s tally fell to one in 2018 despite seven starts. The production just wasn’t there, and the decision to move on is understandable. He’s since moved to Miami, where expectations are going to be a lot lower for both Charlton and the team.

Jerry Jones: Deal with Dak Prescott is ‘imminent’

Dak Prescott

Another key member of the Dallas Cowboys could be receiving a lucrative contract extension in the not-so-distant future.

Last week, the Cowboys locked up star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the foreseeable future with the richest running back contract in NFL history. Elliott’s backfield mate, Dak Prescott, could soon be joining him.

Following Sunday’s season-opening win against the division rival New York Giants, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said a new deal for the team’s franchise quarterback was “imminent.”

Prescott got his season off to a great start by completing 25-of-32 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns on the way to a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. With Prescott, Elliott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Cowboys have premier talent at the offensive skill positions. Jerry Jones is hoping to keep it that way for a while.

Ezekiel Elliott: Jerry Jones’ ‘Zeke who’ comment is ‘far behind us’

Jerry Jones

There are no hard feelings between Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones.

Jones jokingly remarked “Zeke who?” after a standout preseason performance by rookie Tony Pollard in August, a remark that apparently upset some in Elliott’s camp. To Elliott himself, however, the remark is old news, and he added that he hadn’t taken anything said during negotiations personally.

Jones said several things publicly during the negotiation that could be taken as shots at Elliott. One of them prompted an admonishment from Elliott’s agent. Now that Elliott got the richest running back deal in history, however, it’s all water under the bridge.