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Jerry Jones defends Mike McCarthy’s embarrassing fake punt

Jerry Jones

Mike McCarthy made several questionable decisions in Thursday’s blowout loss to Washington, but the most noteworthy was his failed fake punt attempt early in the fourth quarter. While most felt it was a horrible call, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is standing by his head coach.

During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Friday, Jones said the fake punt with Dallas trailing 20-16 could have been “inspirational” had it worked. He agreed with McCarthy’s reasoning for calling the play, though he did note that it was “very impactful negatively.”

“Our coaches thought we were teetering,” Jones said, per USA Today’s Jori Epstein. “When you’re getting gashed vertically in the run … you need to do something more drastic.”

The Cowboys have had one of the worst defenses in the NFL this season, but they weren’t terrible for the first three quarters on Thursday. The failed fake punt gave Washington the ball deep in Dallas territory, and allowed the game to get out of hand. It’s hard to believe the Cowboys were only trailing by four points in the fourth quarter when you see they lost 41-16.

McCarthy was lambasted by at least one former NFL player-turned analyst, but it’s no surprise Jones is standing by him. McCarthy was the biggest coaching hire of the offseason, and the Jones family is not going to give up on him after one year.

Jerry Jones addresses talk of Cowboys potentially drafting QB

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys fell to 2-7 on the season with their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. If the struggles continue, they have a good shot at landing a top-five pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Is there a chance they could use that pick on a quarterback?

Dak Prescott is once again set to become a free agent this offseason, but Jerry Jones insists the team is not preparing for the quarterback’s departure. Jones was asked during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday if it is “crazy” to think the Cowboys could draft a QB in the first round. The 78-year-old did not mince words.

“Yes, you ask me if it’s crazy to bring the idea up? And I’ve answered it, yes. It’s not the thing to be talking about at all,” Jones said. “Dak is our quarterback. … We’re so fired up about him and leading us into the future.”

Prescott is making roughly $31 million this season under the franchise tag after he and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term extension. The team could use the tag on him again next year, but that would cost nearly $40 million. If Dallas does franchise tag Prescott again, it will likely only be for negotiating purposes.

It has been a month since Prescott suffered one of the most gruesome injuries we have ever seen, but he is expected to be fully recovered in time for offseason activities. All indications from the Cowboys have been that the injury will not impact contract negotiations. Jones’ comments on Tuesday reiterated that.

Jerry Jones doesn’t sound very confident in third-stringer Ben DiNucci

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys will be without Andy Dalton once again on Sunday, as the veteran quarterback has now been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not be eligible to play this week. That means Ben DiNucci is in line to make his second NFL start, but are the Cowboys planning to go in a different direction?

Jerry Jones offered a very blunt assessment of DiNucci during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. The Cowboys owner said the seventh-round rookie looked like the spotlight was too bright for him during Sunday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

DiNucci completed 21-of-40 passes for just 180 yards in the loss to Philly. He also took four sacks and lost two fumbles. It’s hard to expect much from a third-string quarterback, but the Cowboys may have seen enough from DiNucci. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Dallas may activate Cooper Rush from the practice squad to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

No matter who they have under center, the Cowboys will need a miracle to pull off a win against the undefeated Steelers. Jones has been fairly snippy with the media lately, and you can understand why. Between his team’s horrific defense and the injuries at the quarterback position, 2020 has been a rough year already.

Jerry Jones snaps at radio host over ‘leadership void’ question

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their second consecutive blowout loss, which naturally has led to a lot of questions about what they plan to do to address their long list of issues. Team owner Jerry Jones became very irritated with one of those questions on Tuesday.

During his scheduled appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones was asked by host Shan Shariff if the Cowboys have a leadership void. The 78-year-old became openly annoyed and told Shariff to “shut up and let me answer.” Here’s the audio:

“Where would you have a leadership void? Is it an experience void? Is it a talent void? I’m not trying to be cute here. The answer is no,” Jones said just before Shariff interjected. “Shut up and let me answer. No. … When I go into the locker room, there’s no leadership void in my eyes.”

Jones cooled down later in the interview and apologized. He admitted he is extremely frustrated and disappointed with the current state of the Cowboys.

Jones also threw support behind Mike McCarthy, saying the Cowboys wanted a coach who had credibility for when the “you-know-what hit the fan.” He feels McCarthy is doing an excellent job of handling adversity.

The Cowboys are still very much in the hunt in the NFC East even at 2-5. What is more concerning than their record, however, is the way players anonymously bashed the coaching staff last week. McCarthy was also bothered by the lack of reaction from players when Andy Dalton was on the receiving end of a ruthless cheap shot. Those things have to be contributing to Jones’ irritability.

Jerry Jones says Cowboys are ‘more likely’ to be buyers at trade deadline

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys did not give fans much hope for a postseason push in Andy Dalton’s first game under center last weekend, but Jerry Jones is nowhere near ready to give up on the season.

During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Friday morning, Jones said the Cowboys are “more likely to add” a player or players at the Nov. 3 trade deadline than they are to be sellers. He would not go into specifics about positions of need for Dallas, but Jones said the team has its “eyes wide open,” according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.

The Philadelphia Eagles moved into first placed in the NFC East with a comeback win over the New York Giants on Thursday night. Philly is 2-4-1, while the Cowboys are 2-4. If Dallas beats Washington on Sunday, they would reclaim first in the division.

Because the NFC East has been so bad from top to bottom, the Cowboys remain very much in the hunt. However, they lost 38-10 to the Arizona Cardinals with Dalton starting last weekend. Given the defensive struggles they have had all year and now that Dak Prescott is out for the season, the odds of them making a deep playoff push seem slim.

Dallas has no reason to completely give up on the season, so it would be a surprise if Jones changed his mind about selling at the deadline. The report of Cowboys players anonymously bashing the coaching staff was concerning, but a win on Sunday and a solid performance from Dalton could shift that narrative quickly.

Mike McCarthy addresses talk of Jerry Jones not letting him call plays

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy has not even gotten through half of a season as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, but he has already experienced all of the intense scrutiny the job has to offer.

The Cowboys have been one of the worst teams in the NFL defensively. Following their 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, they are now facing questions about whether or not their offense can produce in the wake of Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury. There has been been talk that McCarthy wants to call plays but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is forcing him to leave that to offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

McCarthy says that is not at all the case. In an appearance on 105.3 The Fan Friday morning, McCarthy said Moore calling offensive plays was always the plan in Dallas.

McCarthy claims he wanted Moore to call plays and made that clear when he interviewed for the Cowboys job. He also spoke of the importance of not interfering with the way Prescott has grown under Moore, who began as the quarterbacks coach in Dallas in 2018.

It will be hard to judge the Cowboys’ offense without Prescott, though they signed Andy Dalton for this exact situation. Either way, McCarthy has to be annoyed by the talk of him being steamrolled by Jones and anonymous Cowboys players ripping his staff.

Jerry Jones has extremely high expectations for Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

It would have been hard for Dallas Cowboys fans to not feel like their season was slipping away after Dak Prescott suffered a severe ankle injury on Sunday, but Jerry Jones is far from ready to give up. He has too much faith in Andy Dalton.

During his Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said his goal of winning a Super Bowl this season has not changed now that Dalton is the starting quarterback. If Dallas doesn’t make a deep postseason run, Jones is confident it will not be because of Dalton’s play.

The Cowboys signed Dalton to a one-year contract last offseason that could pay him up to $7 million. He’s an experienced NFL starter who is certainly one of the most serviceable backups in the league, and this is the exact type of situation for which the Cowboys signed him.

Dallas had plenty of problems before Prescott went down, mostly on defense. They’re not going to make a deep playoff run if they can’t get that sorted out, no matter how Dalton plays.

For what it’s worth, Dalton seems confident in his ability to win games. He made that clear with a message he delivered to the Cowboys immediately after Prescott got hurt.

Jerry Jones wants Cowboys to change offense to protect Dak Prescott

Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has few concerns about Dak Prescott successfully recovering from his ankle injury. He does, however, have some questions about how the quarterback is used by the coaching staff.

Jones warned Tuesday that he wants to see Dallas coaches put less of an emphasis on Prescott running the ball once the quarterback returns, arguing that leaning on it too much makes Prescott “vulnerable.”

“What it does remind me of though is you cannot figure in as part of your offense is that you really are vulnerable when you put a running game in that really utilizes a lot the running game with the quarterback,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “This game, you’re going to get hurt.”

Prescott has averaged 3.8 rushing attempts per game in his NFL career, and was just about on that pace in 2020. It’s not a lot, and it makes sense to use his mobility to the team’s advantage. Jones has a point about making sure the franchise quarterback is protected as much as possible, though.

It’s clear that the Cowboys do intend to keep Prescott long-term despite the timing of his injury just ahead of possible free agency. Jones already musing about how he should be used going forward makes that even clearer.

Jerry Jones offers update on Dak Prescott’s recovery timeline

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott may not be under contract with the Dallas Cowboys by the time he is cleared to resume football activities, but you would never know it with the way ownership has discussed the situation.

During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects Prescott to be fully recovered in time to take part in the team’s offseason program next year. Jones set a target return of April or early May. He added that he has no concerns about Prescott coming back “good as gold” from this particular injury.

Prescott is playing under the franchise tag this season after he was unable to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys. Many have wondered how his ankle injury will impact contract negotiations, but both Jerry and Stephen Jones have made it seem like it will not be a factor at all.

Prescott suffered a compound fracture and ankle dislocation after being dragged to the turf on Sunday. He underwent successful surgery this week and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months.

Dez Bryant issues warning to Jerry Jones after Dak Prescott injury

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant issued a warning to Jerry Jones after Dak Prescott suffered an ankle injury in the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Bryant was live-tweeting his reactions throughout the Cowboys’ game on Sunday. He shared his thoughts immediately after Prescott went down in the third quarter.

“My f—ing heart just dropped,” he wrote (profanity edited).

Then Bryant issued his warning to the Jones family.

Bryant also offered his prayers for Prescott.

Prescott was taken to the hospital and is set to undergo ankle surgery. Thinking that Prescott will never play again may be somewhat dramatic, especially considering that both Teddy Bridgewater and Alex Smith suffered devastating leg injuries and were able to play on Sunday.

But Bryant’s mind went exactly where so many others did: to Prescott’s contract status.

Prescott has been involved in contract negotiations with the Cowboys the last two offseasons. The sides were unable to come to an agreement on a deal either offseason, leading the quarterback to play this season on the franchise tag. Prescott is making $31 million this year, but has no guaranteed future playing earnings. The young quarterback passed on some very significant contract offers from Dallas during negotiations.

Bryant wants to ensure Prescott gets money from the Cowboys franchise regardless.