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Monday, February 17, 2020

Jerry Jones

Mike McCarthy has seen ‘zero evidence’ Jerry Jones undermines Cowboys coaches

Mike McCarthy Cowboys

Jerry Jones has a reputation for keeping himself in the spotlight and meddling in issues that would normally be handled by a head coach, but new Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says he is not the least bit concerned about that. In fact, he claims he has never seen or heard of his boss doing it.

McCarthy was asked during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan Friday about the perception that Jones undermines his head coaches, and he said he has seen “zero evidence” of the Cowboys owner doing that.

There’s no doubt Jones is committed to winning, but McCarthy either did not pay attention to the past few seasons in Dallas or he is just saying what Jones would want to hear. It is almost certainly the latter.

One of the reasons Jason Garrett lasted so long with the Cowboys is because Jones’ big personality never seemed to bother him. Even this past season when Jones was openly bashing Garrett and his staff, Garrett continued to take the high road and never once indicated he was unhappy with his boss. There will be times when McCarthy will have to do the same, especially if the team underachieves. That is obviously something he is aware of.

Mike McCarthy reportedly spent the night at Jerry Jones’ house on Saturday

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys did not formally announce they were parting ways with Jason Garrett until Sunday evening, but Jerry Jones was already cozying up with Garrett’s replacement at least 24 hours prior to that.

Mike McCarthy interviewed with the Cowboys over the weekend, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that things went so well that he ended up spending the night as a guest in Jones’ home. As one source told Schefter, it was a done deal from there.

McCarthy confirmed on Monday that he has agreed to a deal with the Cowboys.

The only other candidate the Cowboys interviewed was Marvin Lewis, and it’s worth noting that interviewing him satisfied the Rooney Rule. With the way things played out, it seems like Dallas knew all along that McCarthy was their guy.

Jones and the Cowboys have faced criticism for the way they handled the situation with Garrett, and Troy Aikman ripped them on Sunday for dragging things out. However, Garrett was said to be lobbying to keep his job, and he has a close relationship with the Jones family. It’s possible they simply wanted to hear him out, though he never actually had a chance to remain with the team.

McCarthy enjoyed success with the Green Bay Packers and has won a Super Bowl, and Jones was looking for an experienced candidate to replace Garrett. He found one that not only has a solid track record but was also 7-3 against the Cowboys during his time coaching in Green Bay. That certainly helped McCarthy.

Jerry Jones ‘disappointed’ about Cowboys’ loss to Eagles

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones was not quite as vocal as usual following the Dallas Cowboys’ game on Sunday, though he did express his disappointment over the outcome.

The Cowboys had a chance to clinch the NFC East with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but they fell short in a 17-9 loss. The team owner said after the game that he was “disappointed” about losing, especially to a team that has so many injuries.

Jones said he was disappointed about the inability to make plays.

The Cowboys were held to nine points, which matched their season-low total. Tony Pollard had a key fumble. The team did not convert on some critical late-game situations, and Jason Garrett decided not to go for it on a few plays late either, such as a 4th-and-1 where he punted and 4th-and-4 where he kicked a field goal.

The last time Dallas was held to nine points, Jones went off on his coaches, hoping it would spark the team. The opposite happened. Now the Cowboys need to win next week and hope Philly loses in order to make the playoffs.

Jerry Jones expects Dak Prescott to be in ‘top form’ despite shoulder injury

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is dealing with a shoulder injury that has prevented him from throwing in practice this week, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not concerned about it.

Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Thursday that he expects Prescott to be in “top form” when the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Not long after Jones made those remarks, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told the media that Prescott is making progress but is unlikely to throw again on Thursday.

Prescott has an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, which typically requires rest for a quarterback. However, both the Cowboys and Eagles are 7-7, and Sunday’s game in Philly could ultimate decide who wins the NFC East. It would be a shock if Prescott didn’t suit up given the circumstances, and Jones clearly expects him to. The fact that the quarterback was even limited in practice on Wednesday was very noteworthy for another reason, but he will likely play.

Jerry Jones hints that he won’t hire Urban Meyer, Lincoln Riley?

Jerry Jones

Two of the hottest names that have been mentioned as potential head coaching candidates for the Dallas Cowboys have no experience at the NFL level, and most have assumed that would not deter Jerry Jones from hiring them given his history. However, Jones may have hinted on Friday that experience will be a factor in the decision making process if the Cowboys move on from Jason Garrett.

During an appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones praised Lincoln Riley for the job he has done at Oklahoma and Matt Rhule for how quickly he has turned things around at Baylor. The Cowboys owner then made some interesting remarks about how difficult it is for college coaches to transition to the NFL.

For what it’s worth, Jones reminded listeners that Jimmy Johnson went 1-15 in his first season as the head coach in Dallas. Johnson only had collegiate coaching experience prior to that, and he went on to win two Super Bowls with the Cowboys. He was replaced by Barry Switzer, who also had zero NFL coaching experience but went 12-4 in his first season with a talented roster in Dallas and led the team to another Super Bowl championship in his second year on the job.

What does all that mean? Coaches that joined the Cowboys with no prior NFL coaching experience have combined to win three Lombardi trophies for Jones. If Riley wants the Dallas job, he could easily use that to pitch Jones, and there’s reason to believe it might work. The same can be said for Urban Meyer, who may actually have a better chance at landing the job than Riley.

It sounds like Jones’ first choice to replace Garrett is currently under contract with another NFL team, so he may decide to poke around the college ranks.

Jerry Jones to try ‘anything possible’ to bring Sean Payton to Cowboys?

Sean Payton

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will almost certainly look to make a flashy hire if he decides not to bring back head coach Jason Garrett next season, and it sounds like his top choice for the job is under contract with another NFC team.

Jon Machota of The Athletic listed several candidates that Jones could target when the season ends, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is among them. While Payton signed a five-year contract extension at the start of the season, Machota expects Jones to “try anything possible” to get the 55-year-old coach to Dallas.

Payton worked on the Cowboys’ staff as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach from from 2003 to 2005. He maintains a close relationship with the Jones family, and there were reports that Jones was talking with him years ago before he signed a previous extension with the Saints. The rumors have persisted since then, and it would not be a surprise if Jones explores a way to land Payton now that he has essentially confirmed he is ready to move on from Garrett.

It would take an awful lot, however. There’s no reason the Saints would want to part with Payton, and the Cowboys would have to surrender multiple high draft picks even if New Orleans had interest in a deal. With the Saints in the middle of another Super Bowl chase and Payton having signed a new contract just months ago, the thought of the coach in Dallas seems farfetched.

Nothing can be ruled out with one of the most prestigious head coaching jobs in sports, but there’s another huge name the Cowboys are eyeing that seems like a more realistic possibility for them.

Jerry Jones gets testy with radio host after being asked if he is embarrassed

Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys lost their third consecutive game on Thursday night and, as you might expect, Jerry Jones is not handling it well.

Jones made his regularly scheduled appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Friday, but his combative attitude to start the interview was probably something fans are not accustomed to hearing. Jones cursed multiple times, and he seemed furious when asked if he is “embarrassed” with the way things are going for the Cowboys.

Here’s the audio of the exchange:

The call dropped at one point during the interview after Jones used the term “bulls—.” While he seemed angry with the current state of affairs in Dallas, he placed the blame for the team’s struggles on himself.

“I completely understand the fans’ frustration with me,” Jones said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Jones is right that he bears a lot of the responsibility for the Cowboys spiraling out of control. It probably was not wise of him to publicly bash Jason Garrett and the coaching staff after a loss to the New England Patriots a few weeks back, as Dallas was — and still is — very much in the playoff hunt. Now, it seems like everyone knows Garrett is a dead man walking, and it’s only natural for players to tune a coach out in a situation like that.

The NFC East is so weak that the Cowboys can still win the division despite their 6-7 record, but Troy Aikman seems to think Thursday night’s loss to the Chicago Bears sealed their fate. Perhaps Jerry feels the same way.