What has gotten into Jerry Jones lately? Between the glory hole comment, the comment about the Giants, and the way he is handling Dez Bryant’s situation, the Cowboys owner seems to be a little off his rocker lately. To Jerry Jones, there is no such thing as bad publicity. But I have to say, I don’t think this new attitude is necessarily a bad thing.
Let’s start with the Dez Bryant situation. Jones told SiriusXM NFL Radio, “If Dez doesn’t have football, it’s a personal tragedy for him. And so he knows that’s at stake. I’m sure he knows there’s a ticket in here waiting on him if he doesn’t understand that. A plane ticket.” As opposed to the way he normally treats issues like this, Jones is actually “pissed” at Dez and letting it be known. In the past, many of the issues with players were either not discussed or brushed off by Jerry. I hope he sticks to his word. Dez is a valuable player, but he needs the discipline so he doesn’t turn into a diva like T.O. did. (Let’s not bring that back again, okay Jerry?) Plus, players don’t hold much value from a prison cell.
As for the glory hole comment, I don’t really know how to explain that one. “I’ve been here 23 years. I’ve been here when it was glory hole days and I’ve been here when it wasn’t. And, so, having said that, I want me some glory hole.” I’m sure he probably didn’t realize what he was saying, but either way, I say yes, let’s bring back the glory hole. Where he came up with that particular vernacular, I don’t know. But the message is clear: let’s be the team we were in the good ol’ glory days.
During the opening of training camp, Jones made his now famous comment, inviting fans to “come to (Cowboys Stadium) and watch us kick the New York Giants’ ass.” I’d personally love to! I know that being overly confident can lead to disaster, and especially with a team like the Giants, who seem to thrive off of negative attention from other teams. But, I think the enthusiasm and determination is a good thing for everyone. The fans, the team, the coaches, and the owner himself. The boys need that energy and they need to focus on the opening game against last season’s Super Bowl champions.
I think this new attitude has resonated with the team. Marcus Spears said in an interview, “To go ahead and talk about what’s going to happen, what we’re going to do is really water under the bridge. We don’t need to talk. Until you start playing games you don’t know who you are yet.” Jason Witten has insisted that the team cannot be “the same old story.” Head coach Jason Garrett said when discussing Dez Bryant, “Everybody has issues in their lives, and we’ve just got to make sure that we’re mentally tough enough and strong enough and mature enough to say, OK, when it’s time to go to work playing and coaching football, we’re able to do that.” I think everyone has a good understanding of what they need to do, and where their real focus should lie.
Jones said in an interview with Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick show, “I would have never dreamed we would be this long of being back to the Super Bowl. We’ve had our chances. We had a great chance when Bill Parcells coached here. We had a great chance with Wade Phillips when we won 13 games. … While Romo is at this level, we have to knock on the door.” I completely agree. I think we will see this determination and energy on the field come September.