Love Him or Hate Him, A Sauced Jerry Jones Tells It Like It Is
Posted by RichieZ23 on April 14, 2010
As an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, I am always looking for ways to get “closer” to the organization. Watching player interviews, reading draft reports, or following training camp progress, etc.
Now comes a video that may get many of us closer than every to Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones:
It’s no secret that Jerry likes to go out and have a few drinks like any of us. He’s also a media whore, and likes the spotlight whenever possible. In the past he has done some interviews while a little sauced up, but nothing like this. Usually, “Jerry Talk” consists of taking two or three minutes of rambling and politically corrent sayings to say something as simple as, “He’s a good player.” Now we get the Jerry who’s having a normal sports conversation like all of us do at the bar.
This begs another question altogether though. Who was the man filming all of this? Given what Jones said in the video, it’s doubtful that the men he was talking to where fans or strangers. Therefore, they must have had some sort of relationship with Jerry, and filming that conversation is just wrong, especially considering what Jones said.
That being said, I love watching it, so I’m not going to badmouth the guy too much.
Drunk But True
The thing that’s great about this video, is everything he said was true, and it’s something I love to hear from Jerry Jones.
Jones: “Romo was a miracle. He almost never got in, and he almost was gone.”
Some might not know that back in training camp in 2004, Romo was extremely lucky to make the final cut. At that time the Cowboys had a bevy of quarterbacks on their roster — Vinny Testaverde, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinon, Drew Hensen, and Romo.
Testaverde was brought in by Parcells as a veteran “bus driver” to battle incumbent Carter for the starting job in 2004. Hensen and Hutchinson were both former baseball players signed by Dallas in hopes to be the quarterback of the future after developing. Hensen was viewed this way especially, as the team traded its third-round pick in 2005 to acquire the former sixth-round pick from 2004.
Hutchinson was released in late July of 2004, helping the end of the depth chart somewhat. Then the big shock came, as in early August Parcells and Jones released Carter — for reasons stemming from drug use and leadership qualities — who was rumored to have the upper hand on the starting quarterback job. Through the domino effect, Testaverde got the starting job, Hensen got the backup since he was viewed as the “quarterback of the future” and Romo was relegated to third string. Had Carter not been released, Romo would have been the quarterback released.
Romo made the most of the opportunity.
I still remember a preseason game in 2004 against the Oakland Raiders. I was working at the Iowa State Fair, and on my break went into the computer area to watch highlights of the game.
Romo came in with 4:43 left and the Cowboys trailing 20-15. He led them on a 59-yard game-winning drive, with the biggest play coming on a 13-yard pass on fourth-and-9 from the 14. Romo ran it in for the winning touchdown on the next play.
This game got me thinking, that maybe, just maybe, Romo was the quarterback of the future, and not Drew Hensen. Parcells had always been high on this Romo kid. Ask anyone who was around me in 2005-06, I was pimping Romo far before the national media knew who he was, just like I was pimping Miles Austin long before the national media knew who he was.
Parcells and Tebow
Other guy: “What if you were the Jaguars or — would you just, just draft him and sell fucking jerseys?”
JJ: That’s the only reason I brought in Bill Parcells. Bill’s not worth a shit. I love him. Not worth a shit, but I wanted — they were on my ass so bad. J’s gotta have a yes man. So to get this fuckin’ stadium, I need to bring his ass in.
Other guy: What, you, you wouldn’t take Tebow in the third round?
JJ: Why? He’d never get on the field. I can’t get him out there.”
Oh so true.
I don’t want to diminish what Parcells did in Dallas. The Cowboys were in the NFL gutter, and Parcells resurrected them. However, he was not brought in to go 33-31 over four years with zero playoff wins.
Besides 2003 in his first year when he (miraculously) took Dallas to the playoffs, the teams he fielded were good enough to win playoff games. His tenure in Dallas was great at finding and developing talent, it was not great at actually coaching the game of football.
As far as Tebow, why would Dallas draft him? It makes absolutely zero sense. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the league — yeah, I said it, and if you think otherwise, you’re blind — a proven backup, and a second-year quarterback to groom.
So while I’m sure Jones wishes he might have chosen his words a bit differently, he can’t be too embarrassed. Nothing he said is not true, and nothing he said isn’t the same type of thing that we all say when we get a few drinks in us anyway.