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Jerry Jones dreams of having linebackers as good as San Francisco’s

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones watched the NFC Championship Game and came away coveting the 49ers’ linebackers.

San Francisco has a pair of linebackers in Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman that Jones is hoping his pair of linebackers, Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, could some day measure up to.

We all watched Bowman and Willis out there, and boy, did those guys make a difference,” Jones said, via the Star Telegram. “This is my dream. It’s not exactly the prototype for the makeup of the two guys you’d want in the middle – you might want more of a thumper, a big guy, to go along with Sean Lee. But if we can keep both those guys out there, adjust our defense, we might be going toward Bowman and Willis area like they have in San Francisco.”

Those comments are the second time this week that Jones has expressed envy about one of the teams in the NFC Championship Game, having previously said he thinks Eli Manning is the biggest difference between the Giants and the Cowboys. Jones wasn’t trying to knock Tony Romo with that comparison, and he isn’t trying to knock Lee and Carter with his praise of Willis and Bowman. But he seems to view the two teams that advanced to the NFC Championship as having superior players to the Cowboys at some key positions.

Perhaps Jones should have a talk with the Cowboys’ general manager about that.

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89 Responses to “Jerry Jones dreams of having linebackers as good as San Francisco’s”
  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Jan 25, 2012 3:57 PM

    Jerry ought to dream of having a good GM.

  2. yettyskills says: Jan 25, 2012 3:58 PM

    LOL Jones throw his players and GM under the bus again…
    Oh Wait

  3. rcampore says: Jan 25, 2012 3:59 PM

    I’m sorry, but who is the GM again for this team? hmm…can’t seem to think of his name.

  4. dempsey63 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:01 PM

    Thomas Henderson is still available, Jerry. He was so good that ZZ Top penned a song lyric about him (“Dallas, Texas…Hollywooooood”).

    Oh, and he won a huge lottery jackpot after he retired, so you won’t have to pay him much.

  5. eaglesw00t says: Jan 25, 2012 4:02 PM

    Im an Eagles fan.

    Right now, I dream about having LBs as good as Utah State University.

    Dont talk to me about LBs

    :p

  6. wegohardinthepaint says: Jan 25, 2012 4:02 PM

    maybe he wuold have guys like that if he had a real gm

  7. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    So basically, he wishes he owned a different team.

  8. cali49er707 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    best line backing tandem period

  9. profootballwalk says: Jan 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    This is what happens when you have too much money, and there’s no one to tell you how stupid your idea is.

  10. uberniner says: Jan 25, 2012 4:04 PM

    Jerry is wasting the Cowboys. Minus Jerry, they would be America’s team. The fans know him for the fool he is (he is what we thought he is).

  11. pnut87 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:04 PM

    So he wants a quaterback like eli manning, and linebackers like the 49ers. Does he have an xbox and a copy of Madden? Heck, I could pull that off no problem.

  12. LoCoSu@%s says: Jan 25, 2012 4:06 PM

    Well, Jones was being honest. I am sure the other 30 teams also wished they had SFs LBs

  13. adantsa says: Jan 25, 2012 4:06 PM

    Maybe getting rid of over the hill Keith Brooking may be a step in the right direction.

  14. paleandpasty says: Jan 25, 2012 4:08 PM

    Jerry also dreams of a face with no wrinkles and doesn’t look like he was given a surprise.

  15. jbcommonsense says: Jan 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    ”and he isn’t trying to knock Lee and Carter with his praise of Willis and Bowman. But he seems to view the two teams that advanced to the NFC Championship as having superior players to the Cowboys at some key positions.”
    ______________________

    …Um small contradiction thereg.

  16. snowpea84 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    The real problem with the team is that he wants a QB like Tony Romo…

  17. maddog111 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Jan 25, 2012 4:02 PM
    Im an Eagles fan.

    Right now, I dream about having LBs as good as Utah State University.

    Dont talk to me about LBs
    ——————————————-
    Crappy day at work, but that one made me laugh out loud. Good job.

  18. purplengold says: Jan 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    dreams

  19. popdawg99 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    pnut87 says:Jan 25, 2012 4:04 PM

    So he wants a quaterback like eli manning, and linebackers like the 49ers. Does he have an xbox and a copy of Madden? Heck, I could pull that off no problem.

    ———————————————————-

    Of course you could. Try pulling off something that does not involve an xbox and then be proud of yourself.

  20. dccowboy says: Jan 25, 2012 4:11 PM

    Amazing the number of small minded, petty people around.

    The guy tries to complement the players of the two teams in the NFC Championship and people ‘knee jerk’ criticize the guy.

    Small things for small minds I guess.

    Jones had a man crash on Willis as far back as the draft his rookie year, this is nothing new.

    Personally, I think he does have an ILB in that class in Sean Lee (a huge steal in the 2nd rd) and I think he knows that. I think he’s just evoking hope that Bruce Carter will end up being the same type of steal. If he does then Jerry would get his wish.

  21. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:12 PM

    Jerry Jones how about hiring a GM. Matter of fact Scott Mccloughan, the man who signed 3/4ths of that LBing corps is available.

  22. zaggs says: Jan 25, 2012 4:15 PM

    Jeez first his QB, now his linebackers.

  23. ttommytom says: Jan 25, 2012 4:15 PM

    Ironic that Bowman was trying to fill Sean Lee’s shoes at PSU. Lee is very good. Bowman is a beast.

  24. shmendal says: Jan 25, 2012 4:16 PM

    He knows that HE is the one putting his team together, right?

  25. duanethomas says: Jan 25, 2012 4:16 PM

    Tomorrow whats going to be on his wish list? I bet you dollars to dimes its not a G.M.

  26. moseszd says: Jan 25, 2012 4:17 PM

    Maybe he shouldn’t have run off Parcells by interfering. Parcells started moving the Cowboys in the right direction after all that 5-11 garbage…

  27. jbl429 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:19 PM

    He has nobody to blame but himself. He decides who the team drafts and who the team signs to contracts. He’s pretty much admitting that he’s not a very good telent scout and not a very good GM. As a fan of a different NFC East team, that’s perfectly okay with me.

  28. weepingjebus says: Jan 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    Hard to believe it’s been five years since Romo blew that snap against the Seahawks. Where does the time go?

  29. igster1 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    maybe stop signing every kicker other’s cut and sign some lb’s,db’s and safeties. a real gm would help too.

  30. tarquinfintimlinbin says: Jan 25, 2012 4:21 PM

    How is this not tampering ?

  31. judsonjr says: Jan 25, 2012 4:22 PM

    As a Packer fan I would love to have Sean Lee. GB have had 0 luck in finding an LB that can play coverage.

  32. uwsptke says: Jan 25, 2012 4:26 PM

    Other thoughts from Jerry:

    – Boy that offensive line for the Texans sure know how to run block.
    – Man, what I wouldn’t give to be able to put together a defensive line like what the Giants have. Or even the Lions.
    – That Aaron Rodgers is as accurate a passer as I’ve ever seen, idn’t he? Could have had him at #20 in 2005 but I love me some Marcus Spears.

  33. emil4423 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:29 PM

    Wow Jerry Jones throwing his players under the bus, has he not learned anything from the Jets self implosion early this year? With social media the way it is now a days his players will find out, thus building tension within the organization which is not needed when winning in the national football league is hard enough.

  34. ajknox88 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:30 PM

    Bowman is the most underrated LB in the NFL. He in my opinion is a top 5 outside LB, and of course Willis is the top ILB.

    Plus they’re both young and going to be around for a long time. San Fran’s defense is going to be just like the Raven’s D from the early 2000’s.

    Not even a fan of the 49ers, but their D is awesome.

  35. birdsflynorth206 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:30 PM

    The thing about it is Jerry signs off on all roster moves. Maybe its time to get a real GM

  36. skittlesareyum says: Jan 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    As a Packer fan I would love to have Sean Lee. GB have had 0 luck in finding an LB that can play coverage.

    Matthews has gotten better this year. I wouldn’t say he’s great, but he did intercept three passes.

  37. skimbell says: Jan 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    “Jones wasn’t trying to knock Tony Romo with that comparison, and he isn’t trying to knock Lee and Carter with his praise of Willis and Bowman.”

    Yeah, but he is.

  38. gpete1962 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:37 PM

    JJ dreams of having a great GM !!

  39. northshorejag says: Jan 25, 2012 4:38 PM

    until he dreams of a new gm, I’m going to get real used to Big Blue owning the Meadowlands South

  40. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:39 PM

    So Jerry Jones wants Eli Manning handing off to the next Eric Dickerson, with the Patrick Willis anchoring his linebackers corps. OK.

  41. beeronthefridge says: Jan 25, 2012 4:42 PM

    Isn’t jethro jones tampering when he says he covets other team’s players?

  42. kisstherings says: Jan 25, 2012 4:47 PM

    He can snap his lil carrott in his dreams all he wants. Until he hires a decent GM and fires himself – it isn’t going to happen.

  43. bobhk says: Jan 25, 2012 4:49 PM

    I feel sorry for the cowboys fans (didn’t think I’d ever say that).
    BTW, where’s howley1. Haven’t seen him around for a while…

  44. jdbaker01 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:49 PM

    At least he didn’t say that they need a kicker like Cundiff.

  45. ijr213 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:54 PM

    Pretty sure this describes Jerry Jones:

  46. imaduffer says: Jan 25, 2012 4:56 PM

    First a QB, then linebackers. What’s next a Coach?

  47. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Jan 25, 2012 5:00 PM

    “Jerry Jones how about hiring a GM. Matter of fact Scott Mccloughan, the man who signed 3/4ths of that LBing corps is available.”

    Nope, he’s part of the Seahawks FO now.

  48. mojosmagic says: Jan 25, 2012 5:00 PM

    JJ has morphed into a Texas Yenta if there is such a thing.

  49. 0789sunny says: Jan 25, 2012 5:04 PM

    dream about having CB’s …and Safeties…!

  50. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 25, 2012 5:09 PM

    WHOOOAAAAA hold on 1 second here…….
    I thought the media has been telling me for umpteen million years that the Dallas Cowboys were the best team in the NFL, and always have the best players and always gives them the most media coverage and propels the most great superstar players to the Pro Bowl every year…………..
    how come now Jerrah is dis-illusioned with his guys?YOU ALL in the media say he’s got the best

  51. Nevis says: Jan 25, 2012 5:14 PM

    What Jerry may fail to realize is that talent has a lot to do with it. The 49ers are only able to run the schemes they want because they have guys who can do what is asked of them.

    You put a more average ILB out there in the same scheme and they would not be nearly as effective.

    The closing speed and tackling efficiency of Willis and Bowman is unmatched, as of now.

  52. kingpel says: Jan 25, 2012 5:15 PM

    As a Ram fan it is my dream that my team realizes that it is ok to draft African-American linebackers and that you dont HAVE to start Chris Chamberlain and Brady Popinga.

    Seriously.

  53. bobhk says: Jan 25, 2012 5:16 PM

    imaduffer says:
    Jan 25, 2012 4:56 PM
    First a QB, then linebackers. What’s next a Coach?

    ————–
    That would not be a bad idea.
    Watch out for Jones to say that the difference between cowboys and giants or 9ers is coaching….and he wouldn’t be far from the truth (only stupid enough to voice it publicly)

  54. xmnojox says: Jan 25, 2012 5:19 PM

    ajknox88 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 4:30 PM
    Bowman is the most underrated LB in the NFL. He in my opinion is a top 5 outside LB, and of course Willis is the top ILB.

    ————————————
    sorry, but Bowman cant be top 5 outside LB, he play ILB, alongside Willis, SF play 3-4 def, and both are ILB.

  55. mattsg22 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:20 PM

    America’s dream is Jerry Jones shutting his mouth for once.

  56. blackdonnelly says: Jan 25, 2012 5:24 PM

    Jerry dreams of himself.

    I know, it’s a sad, lame Depeche Mode reference, but when it comes to Jerry and his sorry Cowboys, well it’s all I got.

  57. crazybeardedjack says: Jan 25, 2012 5:24 PM

    Dreams of Willis, Bowman, and Smith.

    Wakes up to Brooking.

  58. upperdecker19 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:35 PM

    He dreams of stadiums with unlimited seating capacity……….oops

  59. donttazemebro says: Jan 25, 2012 5:38 PM

    Jerry also dreams of seeing his face on the helmets and the Cowboys being renamed the Jones.

  60. sonoco says: Jan 25, 2012 5:44 PM

    I can recall when the photo of Dallas’ 2010 draft board slipped out and the Cowboys had Lee well above Bowman . . . oops.

  61. norcal707 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:48 PM

    What is so funny to me about JJ’s comments is that he chose to trade up to select Lee with 55th pick of the 2010 draft when he could have had Bowman 35 picks later. On the Cowboys draft board in their war room they had a 1st round grade for Bowman, but decided to choose his college teammate 35 picks earlier and trading up to do it. If Jerry thought Bowman had a 1st round grade, then why would he trade up in the draft to select someone else while Bowman was still available. I think he got it right when grading Bowman as a 1st round type player, but he obviously blew it when not selecting him instead of Lee. Lee might be a good LB, but he is not better than Bowman. Jerry only has himself to blame for the players he has on his roster.

  62. therolandobottom says: Jan 25, 2012 5:54 PM

    I dream that the Raiders have LB’s as good as the Cowboys.

  63. norcal707 says: Jan 25, 2012 5:57 PM

    I am a die hard 9er fan and think our defense is on the verge of greatness. I am curious to find out what others (fans of other teams) think of the 49ers D. It is hard for me to be unbiased with this topic.

  64. professorcolumbus says: Jan 25, 2012 6:23 PM

    [b]Fire Garrett and hire Jim Leavitt[/b]

  65. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Jan 25, 2012 6:34 PM

    C’mon Jerry. Use some of that paper to hire a proper GM, and spend the rest of your day frolicking with those cheerleaders like you’re Texan Hef.

  66. dalfanforever says: Jan 25, 2012 6:36 PM

    This is really strengthening the argument about him needing to go into a nursing home. I swear he’s going senile and doesn’t know what he’s doing…

  67. commandercornpone says: Jan 25, 2012 6:40 PM

    dallas fans probly wish they had one of the other 31 GMs as their GM.

    and, of course, that ‘The Joker’ wasnt their GM or owner.

  68. mrba4775 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:04 PM

    just may b old stone face (jerry) is sending out messages on what the cowboys might b looking 4 in the upcoming draft qb-lb. Nah since stone face is the gm he will stick with romo @ qb (stone face loves some romo),and whoever he has @ lb. If jerry was 2 draft a qb an lb’s in the 1st 3rds, i would b shock. Andrew Luck/RG3, Tannehill will be gone by the time stone face drafts @ #14 lol. by the way barkley decided 2 go back 2 USC. Good luck jerry in trying to find a qb like eli or lb’s like willis an bowman. the cowboys will continue to be the laughning stock of the nfl as long as this clown runs the franchise into the ground. Maybe jerry wants to make a bid on peyton manning since he will b available.

  69. vavikingfan says: Jan 25, 2012 7:04 PM

    Jerry does need a GM since he has a fool for one…and maybe he should listen less to Aikman and Buck who consider every Dallas player to be first line All- Pros.
    Personally I hope he continues to run the team though.

  70. johnnyshore says: Jan 25, 2012 7:24 PM

    Lucky for Jerry, Larry Grant is available. Grant is the backup MLB on San Fran, and when Willis missed 4 games the defense didn’t skip a beat. If I remember correctly, it was Grant who forced a fumble to save the day in the 2nd Seattle game. If Jones is serious, he should definitly go after Grant in free agency, the dude deserves to start but he’s stuck behind two studs in Willis and Bowman.

  71. johnnyshore says: Jan 25, 2012 7:28 PM

    @ajknox88 “Bowman is the most underrated LB in the NFL. He in my opinion is a top 5 outside LB, and of course Willis is the top ILB.”

    He is an inside linebacker. The 49ers run a 3-4, which means Bowman and Willis are both inside backers. He and Willis are both in the top 5 when it comes to MLB’s according to the associated press, who placed both on the all pro team.

  72. hebertespinosa says: Jan 25, 2012 7:30 PM

    Apparently, Jones would rather have any roster but the one he has. Hire a GM!!!

  73. memphisyinzer says: Jan 25, 2012 7:34 PM

    I think he’s having wet dreams about the 49ers LB corp. That puts to rest a lot of preconceinved notions people have of Jerry.

  74. hardmike57 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:35 PM

    I wish Jerry would dream of getting the HELL out of the way…………..

  75. bigd93 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:36 PM

    ya old buddy jerry, as a fifty year old cowboy fan im also dreaming…… of being a power like back in the late 60s to the early 80s and always being close enough to taste it or even better WIN it !!!! i hate the eagles and the giants. but damn they can pick em and develope them into a winning team. WTF is wrong here?

  76. thehungariancrippler says: Jan 25, 2012 7:43 PM

    Ryan Pinkston once asked Denise Richards what it was like to play someone smart (when she played Chrismas Jones) in The World is Not Enough.

    The only way Jerrah will get to be smart is if HE plays someone smart in a movie. He can dream about and pop boners for every better player on every other team but it’s not going to change the fact that he is as much a GM of a professional football team as Al Pacino was a football coach in Any Given Sunday. Any player worth a crap who values winning ought to know not to sign with Dallas. Herschel Walker isn’t getting traded again and Dallas isn’t going to be winning anytime soon.

    Love,
    ex-Cowboys fan

  77. micker716 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    Next headline:
    “Cowboy’s linebackers dream of having an owner that signs paychecks, keeps his mouth shut and hires a GM to make all football decisions”

  78. bringbacktheflex says: Jan 25, 2012 7:54 PM

    At least he’s honest that Dallas doesn’t have the best talent in the league. He’s held on to that dream far too long. This is actually a step in the right direction – one of 12 steps.

    Offense sells tickets – defense wins championships.

  79. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    I know SF has arguably the best LBs in the league, but the Cowboy’s LBs aren’t their problem. 2/3’s of the league would love to have Ware, Carter and Lee in their core. Brooking needs to go but the rest are still young and great young players. Jones’ needs to find a GM that can build a secondary, their pass rush and linebacking core is just fine.

  80. gamermwm says: Jan 25, 2012 8:55 PM

    Actually Jerry, Eli Manning is NOT the biggest difference between the Giants and the Cowboys

    The biggest difference is that the Giants have like 5 or 6 D-Lineman that can get to the quarterback on any given play

    It’s like having 4 Demarcus Ware’s on your team (speaking of the Giants DE’s) against the Cowboys 1 Demarcus Ware

    Also another big difference is that the Giants actually signed Canty when they had a chance

  81. buzzbissinger says: Jan 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    Hey Jerry, there’s this thing, maybe you’ve heard of it, called, “Fantasy Football”. You can have Eli Manning, the 9ers linebackers whoever you want! Check it out sometime, I’d be MORE than happy to send you an invite to my league.

  82. bryanks1 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:18 PM

    do you see the linebackers he is talkinga bout, bowman from san fran and sean lee from cowboys. what do these 2 have in common. PENN STATE.. if you want good linebackers you cant go wrong with someone from PSU. there will be some good ones in the next few yrs turning pro. get them while they are hott

  83. phillybirds says: Jan 25, 2012 10:46 PM

    That has to piss off Cowboy fans… We all know they hate Eli Manning.

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  84. thetooloftools says: Jan 25, 2012 11:41 PM

    Jerry suffers from Cowboys “Boot In Mouth Disease”.

  85. gavriloprincip33 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:57 PM

    popdawg99 says:Jan 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    pnut87 says:Jan 25, 2012 4:04 PM

    So he wants a quaterback like eli manning, and linebackers like the 49ers. Does he have an xbox and a copy of Madden? Heck, I could pull that off no problem.

    ———————————————————-

    Of course you could. Try pulling off something that does not involve an xbox and then be proud of yourself.

    —————————————

    Try not to be stupid and then be proud of yourself.

    Xbox is the only place where Skeletor can get what he wants so I’d say Madden is the perfect place for him. Especially since he is not going to hire a real GM…

  86. ezg1 says: Jan 26, 2012 12:32 AM

    Never a dull moment in Dallas with Jack@ss Jerruh running the circus. He continually exhibits a total disregard for common sense!

  87. daknight93 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:56 AM

    Jerry Jones need to fire himself as GM…

  88. kyedh3 says: Jan 28, 2012 2:21 PM

    Jerry puts his foot in his mouth again. Jerry, when are you going to learn how to phrase your comments. You should have said our LB’s are developing nicely and should be extremely competitive this year, very much like the SF LB’s. Then, this headline is a non-headline. OMG.

  89. kyedh3 says: Jan 28, 2012 2:23 PM

    Plus, the Romo comment is still wrong. That’s not how Jerry said it. He said Eli made a difference for his team. He was playing dismally earlier in the year, but the rest of the team wasn’t much better. The question wasn’t even who was better, Romo/Eli. It was what was different about the Giants team from the middle to the end of the year.

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