Jerry Jones on John Mara: I want to settle it on the field

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The NFL doesn’t need any extra juice to sell the opening game of the season, although their choice of the Cowboys as the Giants’ first opponent comes with plenty.

There’s the fact that the two teams are rivals in the NFC East, meaning that their games always have a little extra buzz, and then there’s the matter of the salary cap penalty imposed on the Cowboys for their spending during the uncapped 2010 season. Giants owner John Mara, the chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, has been outspoken in support of the penalties against the Cowboys and Redskins. Over the weekend, Mara said that the teams are lucky that they didn’t lose draft picks in addition to stripping of them of cap space that now goes to the Giants and 27 other teams.

Jerry Jones said that his relationship with Mara is fine, but comments to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reveal a little extra motivation on the part of the Cowboys owner.

“I would like to settle this on the field,” Jones said before passing on the suggestion of a halftime boxing match with his fellow owner.

And here we thought we’d be lost without some way to fire up the rivalry without former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs telling the world how much he hated the Cowboys.

NFL owners reaffirmed the cap penalties on Tuesday. The Cowboys and Redskins have filed a grievance against the NFL and the NFLPA on the matter which will be heard by an arbitrator. While that means everything won’t be settled on the field, it won’t take anything away from the September 5th game.

97 responses to “Jerry Jones on John Mara: I want to settle it on the field

  1. are those fighting words? why does jerry jones looks like a walker from the walking dead?

  2. JJ, keep “settling” it like you did twice last year. You know, the year you front loaded all your contracts in a cheap attempt to gain an edge over the NFC East but still missed the playoffs?

  3. “Jerry Jones on John Mara: I want to settle it on the field”

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    Jerry’s instincts are correct here: I would pay good money to see Jerry outfitted in a Cowboys uniform tackling Mara dressed in a Giants uniform.

  4. John Mara is just hating on Jerry because Mara owns a less prestigious and less celebrated team with less Superbowl titles, oh and he’s only worth a fraction of what Jerry Jones is worth! Jerry earned his money on his own and bought his own team, Mara was spoon fed by his grandpa and his dad!!! Get a life Mara!!!

  5. As a skins fan I may think about rooting for the cowboys in this one. As hard as its gonna be

  6. eaglesnoles05 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 8:22 PM
    No matter who wins, they’re fighting for 2nd place to Philly.
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    Wow. When have I ever heard that before? Oh yeah, last year, when Philly won the off-season SB. Too bad the Giants won the Super Bowl when it actually counted.

    Enjoy the opening game, Empty Trophy Case fans!

  7. More celebrated franchise? You mean the team that crowned itself Americas team? Over one of the two remaining original football teams on the same city with the same name? The giants and the packers are the oldest currently operating teams with the same name as in the 1930’s. Also, you keep relying on super bowl titles but the league existed before the super bowl, and guess what? The giants have 7 championships and competed in far more than the cowboys ever have. The steelers, giants and packers are America’s teams.

  8. To which Mara responded do you want to kiss this years Superbowl ring Jerry? On second thought when was the last time the Cowboys won a playoff game, its been a while hasnt it.

  9. I am so PLEASED the Cowboys will begin 0-1.

    In the current century, no visiting NFL team has yet won an opening night inaugural game.

  10. Sounds like a Texas bounty situation ? I would say this is the season for Dallas. A loss in their first game would be probably do it and the Texas fans would just have their excellent bbq to look forward to.

  11. jerry jones should just pipe down – the ‘boys haven’t settled anything on the field in a looong time…….
    And the eagle fan who said the giants and cowboys are fighting for 2nd place – that’s very funny – just make sure the eagles don’t trip over all their super bowl trophies on the way to 1st place – absolutely priceless!!!!!!

  12. Front Loading your cap in an uncapped year when the League approved it is an “unfair advantage.”

    I would say that the unfair advantage would be being at the head of the competition committee and spearheading the effort against two main rivals.

    I see a team who made many upgrades against a team who lost some talent and didn’t replace any of it. Sorry Giants fans.

  13. cowboychris5xchamps
    Mar 27, 2012, 5:23 PM PDT
    John Mara is just hating on Jerry because Mara owns a less prestigious and less celebrated team with less Superbowl titles, oh and he’s only worth a fraction of what Jerry Jones is worth! Jerry earned his money on his own and bought his own team, Mara was spoon fed by his grandpa and his dad!!! Get a life Mara!!!

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    You sound like every other bitter/jealous Dallas fan
    Dallas won the big game last 17 seasons ago. They’ve sucked ever since. The NY GIANTS have two in very recent memory. So go cry somewhere else.

    Btw Eli is CLEARLY better than his older brother. He wins more championships = Better.

    Sept 5 28-10 giants

  14. Yeah, well shut up and play the game Jerry. You’ll get Mara’s team on opening day. You knew not to frontload those contracts as much as you did. Stop trying to win by cheating and realize you’re not a suitable GM or coach.

    Beg Jimmy Johnson to come back…

  15. John Mara is just hating on Jerry because Mara owns a less prestigious and less celebrated team with less Superbowl titles, oh and he’s only worth a fraction of what Jerry Jones is worth! Jerry earned his money on his own and bought his own team, Mara was spoon fed by his grandpa and his dad!!! Get a life Mara!!!
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    Is this what Cowboys fans really believe. Or is this how you’re able to justify 1 playoff win in 15 years while you rival has won 3 NFC championships and 2 Super Bowls. If so its pretty weak.

  16. I find it very interesting that the NFLPA now says they signed off on it when during the uncapped year they were complaining that the owners were colluding?? I guess if you cant beat the billionaires collude with them its the American way these days…. see wall st bank and congress.

  17. Jones is a loser. His team sucks and he knows it, this ia all a smoke screen to deflect his bad ideas of how to run a team without Jimmy Johnson. He hasn’t won squat since they parted.

  18. Jones is such a tool, he will say anything to bring attention to his team, just like the NY Yets on the other side of town. Don’t worry Giants fans, Big Blue will have something for that Cowboy Ass on the 5th, believe it.

    BTW, to my other Giants fan, that would be eight championships, not seven. I know the last one was only less than 2 months ago………LOL.

    All In…

  19. Oh look…the Redskins fan with “oh we swept the Giants last year”…..good for you.

    That’s as useless as teets on a bull !

    As another Giants said last month “go ahead, whatever you want to hang your hat on, we’ll take the trophy ! ”

    And the Philly fans….go grab a broom and clean up your city.

  20. “Mara already go handled….when the Redskins SWEPT the Giants last year. Maybe that is why he is so angry…”

    Let’s look at what that got both teams, shall we? Giants – had no effect. Won second Super Bowl in five years. Skins failed to make playoffs, AGAIN. Last Washington Super Bowl win – 1991. However, by winning those two games, Washington was forced to offer three first round picks and a second round pick in order to have the opportunity to draft a QB. Yeah, you guys really showed us! Please don’t “handle” Mr. Mara again! I’m not sure we could deal with winning another Super Bowl while watching you assclowns mortgage your future to fill the huge gaps in your offense!

  21. Why in the world are the Cowboys playing in this headline game? They didn’t even make the playoffs last year. Shouldnt playoff teams rematch?

  22. bigbluecrew420 says:Mar 27, 2012 8:56 PM

    Btw Eli is CLEARLY better than his older brother. He wins more championships = Better.

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    You’re argument was going so well until you said this…..

  23. I hope they tie.

    Giants fans are among the worst in sports. They are poor losers and even worse winners.

    Cowboys fans need to reel themselves in and look at this franchise over the past 15 years or so…

  24. I hate the Cowboys. I mean I HATE the Cowboys! I’m not really fond of Shanahan & the Redskins either, but why did the league OK the contracts only to screw them later & right into free agency?
    Why the wait?
    Don’t like this at all.

  25. Oh right, 8. Forgot about this last one. Giants founded 1925, same city same name. Cowboys? Founded 1960. The Giants championship appearances? 14, most in history. The Cowboys pre-1969 0-2. Modern super bowl era, 4 to 5. Yeah, who’s the more celebrated franchise? Who is America’s team? Pretty sure the Packers would have that one, then the steelers and giants would be tied. That is, of Jones didn’t crown his own team “America’s team”, haha the “king James” of the NFL. Good ole Jerruh.

  26. Comments like these Jerry is what makes you America’s most hated team…. You little pathetic coward, you cheated, got caught, can’t admit it, and now you want your weak and sad team with an awful GM/ Owner to reclaim your manhood?… Much like your sad team, your weak fan base, and your pathetic QB….. You’re a coward

  27. Jones always thinks he can do as he wishes and now since all else failed lets get the bully talk…I’ll show you on the field.

  28. cowboychris5xchamps says: Mar 27, 2012 8:23 PM

    John Mara is just hating on Jerry because Mara owns a less prestigious and less celebrated team with less Superbowl titles, oh and he’s only worth a fraction of what Jerry Jones is worth! Jerry earned his money on his own and bought his own team, Mara was spoon fed by his grandpa and his dad!!! Get a life Mara!!!

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    As an Eagle’s fan who dislikes both teams, I’d take Mara over Jones every time. Mara has some class and dignity. Jones is a crash, arrogant bully who clearly believes rules and agreements can be abandoned when one can gain advantage by doing so. He has grown very wealthy but he’s still trash.

  29. aoc57 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:48 PM

    bigbluecrew420 says:Mar 27, 2012 8:56 PM

    Btw Eli is CLEARLY better than his older brother. He wins more championships = Better.

    I agree. Just look at Marino and Dilfer.

  30. aoc57
    Mar 27, 2012, 6:48 PM PDT
    bigbluecrew420 says:Mar 27, 2012 8:56 PM

    Btw Eli is CLEARLY better than his older brother. He wins more championships = Better.

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    You’re argument was going so well until you said this…..

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    Ok. So when Eli wins his 3rd ring will that be good enough to say that hes superior than his older bro?!
    How bout after his 4th?
    Or will he just never be better because everyone has a huge Peyton woody?!?!
    Lol

  31. Eli Manning sucks this is the first year in his career hes had over like an 82 rating and thats what really counts…you can thank the Giants defense for the last 2 super bowl wins…Giants fans=losers…almost annoying as the team they share a stadium with

  32. yevrag3535 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 9:20 PM
    Jones is a loser. His team sucks and he knows it, this ia all a smoke screen to deflect his bad ideas of how to run a team without Jimmy Johnson. He hasn’t won squat since they parted.
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    What has Jimmy won?!? He didn’t do anything when he coached the dolphins.. Amazing how he gets all of the credit for three superbowls. The guy was a good coach at best. He came into the league from college with something new and fresh. And the famous quote “how bout dem Cowboys?!?!?” Jerry built that team with some input from Jimmy, not the other way around. And yes one playoff win. But how many division titles are mixed up in there?? Oh, i know, regular season means nothing. La De Da. Trust me, it means something.. You can’t get in, if you don’t win. So at least they make it, most years. Yes the Gaints won two superbowls in recent memory. So that makes how many now?? And they been in the league how long?? And big deal the Gaints swept the Cowboys. How many time have the Cowboys done that?? To the whole division? So, to put it simply, The Cowboys are who they are by killing the divison. If you don’t believe me check their lifetime record against the NFC East from the beginning until now.

  33. Hasn’t anyone noticed it’s Mara who started this by running his mouth? If his daddy hadn’t had that mistake in the back of the dodge, we wouldn’t be listening to this clown now. John is not Wellington. He is a snotty brat who Jerrah could buy and sell on the corner in the Bronx.

  34. The two teams will have enough juice between them for a great game, as always. You can believe JJ will want to send Big Mouth Mara a message in this one. Mara has been acting like a fool, and his comments were way off base. He is the owner of the defending SB champs – he needs to act like it. Yet even with the most recent SB win, the Giants STILL trail the Cowboys in overall SB rings – is that also why he is so adamant to open his mouth?

    Mara opened his pie hole about how the Cowboys and Redskins should have lost draft picks, yet neither team did anything wrong, no rules were violated, and all of their contracts that year were approved by the league. With the miniscule cap space the Giants have, I guess I am not all that surprised Mara opened his trap, but he should at least fully understand the situation before speaking up.

    This thing is FAR from over, and arbitration will favor the Cowboys and Redskins, without a doubt. What will big mouth Mara have to say when the That is what I would like to hear…..

  35. Correction – what will big mouth Mara have to say when the Cowboys steamroll the Giants in Met Life stadium – that is what I would like to hear…..

  36. yevrag3535,

    Uhhhhh, did you happen to miss the SB the Cowboys won with Barry Switzer AFTER Jimmy Johnson departed? Please get your facts right, or keep you mouth shut tight. Next…….

  37. didn’t the giants”settle it on the field” already by beating the cowgirls twice in the same season to advance to the playoffs and than win the superbowl..

  38. To those who say the cowboys are worth more than the giants, the cowboys are worth 1.8 billion, the giants 1.4. They are the respective 1st and 4th valued teams in the league. Since financials are private, the Forbes estimates are not totally accurate. Considering the Giants have half of the stadium debts the Cowboys have, it’s probably more likely the Giants are worth more in a net worth analysis. However by annual operating income, the cowboys are slightly ahead. Also the market in NY is far superior to Texas. The giants have a significant advantage there as well. At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter to us fans who is worth 400 million more as we focus on the quality of the product as consumers. And that is public information which clearly shows the Giants have produced a significantly higher product the past ten years.

  39. Let’s look at what that got both teams, shall we? Giants – had no effect. Won second Super Bowl in five years. Skins failed to make playoffs, AGAIN. Last Washington Super Bowl win – 1991. However, by winning those two games, Washington was forced to offer three first round picks and a second round pick in order to have the opportunity to draft a QB. Yeah, you guys really showed us! Please don’t “handle” Mr. Mara again! I’m not sure we could deal with winning another Super Bowl while watching you assclowns mortgage your future to fill the huge gaps in your offense!

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    This is my favorite PFT comment to date. Haha. Your use is “ass clowns” is both classic and justified. Wish I would give it multiple thumbs up.

  40. If Jerrah wants to settle this on the field, he’d better show up on September 5th with a different QB.

  41. @ pksoze & bigbluecrew420 put the comic books down and get out of moms basement, get a little perspective in life! I’m stating facts! How did Mara acquire the Giants? What’s Maras’ net worth? As far as Superbowls are concerned who has more? It doesn’t matter when they were won they can’t be taken away from us so there’s no need for me to be jealous of the she-men and who said anything about Eli vs Peyton? Go shave your back you mouth breathing dork!!!!

  42. How are people going to say that the Giants are a more celebrated franchise? I mean honestly i guarentee if the Cowboys are in the league for the next 35 years they can win 3 more superbowls and be tied with the Giants…btw 35 years is how many more years the Giants have been in the league, oh yea and JJ didnt crown the Cowboys “America’s Team” the Cowboys are “America’s Team” because how many more people on average tune in to watch the Cowboys play. Do some research before you start running off at your mouth!

  43. Who cares which team is America’s team? It’s a stupid label given to Dallas by nfl films. What really matters is that since the free agent era Dallas sucks a nut and the giants have taken huge steamy dumps on the cowboys ever since.

  44. Maybe, just maybe Jerry Jones and Dan Synder can hand out the punishment for the Giants faking injuries to stop the clock… Sound fair?

  45. Peyton is just better than Eli cuz he’s just better QB on so many levels. Stats, image, less d-bag looking, SO many more seasons “dominating the league at his position…” I mean, we can argue all we want about it, but Peyton is still better. Peyton is arguably the best field general ever. I don;t think anyone has ever argued that Eli is one of the best Qb’s of all time, except NYG fans on here I guess, lol.

    Eli IS getting better though, and you know it’s true if I admit it. Eli is very dangerous. But he just graduated from sucks, to pretty good, to really good over the past four years. He is cutting his turnovers and improving every year. And he’s got more years to add to his legacy.

  46. Oh, and HILARIOUS comment about the skins, east96th. Bravo. I’d thumbs you up twice if it’d let me.

  47. And to the Giant fans if you took away the 3 guys on your d line you would be 4-12 with your sucky offense.

  48. and by the way the Cowboys were nick named Americas Team by the guy on NFL fims. And it was long before JJ was there and NOBODY from the Cowboys had anything to do with it. Go look it up.

  49. also why would JJ bring another Qb he already has a better one that The Giants have NFL Player Passing Statistics – 2011
    Statistics: Passing | Rushing | Receiving | Scoring | Returning | Kicking | Punting | Defense
    Season: Select One2011 Regular Season2010 Regular Season2009 Regular Season2008 Regular Season2007 Regular Season2006 Regular Season2005 Regular Season2004 Regular Season2003 Regular Season2002 Regular Season2011 Postseason2010 Postseason2009 Postseason2008 Postseason2007 Postseason2006 Postseason2005 Postseason2004 Postseason2003 Postseason2002 Postseason
    League: NFCAFCNFL
    Qualified | All Players Passer Rating Leaders – QualifiedRK PLAYER TEAM ATT COMP PCT YDS YDS/A LONG TD INT SACK RATE YDS/G
    1 Aaron Rodgers, QB GB 502 343 68.3 4,643 9.25 93 45 6 36 122.5 310
    2 Drew Brees, QB NO 657 468 71.2 5,476 8.34 79 46 14 24 110.6 342
    3 Tom Brady, QB NE 611 401 65.6 5,235 8.57 99 39 12 32 105.6 327
    4 Tony Romo, QB DAL 522 346 66.3 4,184 8.02 77 31 10 36 102.5 262
    5 Matthew Stafford, QB DET 663 421 63.5 5,038 7.60 73 41 16 36 97.2 315
    6 Matt Schaub, QB HOU 292 178 61.0 2,479 8.49 80 15 6 16 96.8 248
    7 Eli Manning, QB NYG 589 359 61.0 4,933 8.38 99 29 16 28 92.9 308
    8 Matt Ryan, QB ATL 566 347 61.3 4,177 7.38 80 29 12 26 92.2 261
    9 Alex Smith, QB SF 445 273 61.3 3,144 7.07 56 17 5 44 90.7 197
    10 Ben Roethlisberger, QB PIT 513 324 63.2 4,077 7.95 95 21 14 40 90.1 272
    a look.

  50. I think NFL picked the wrong team for opening night. Dallas isn’t a really rivalry to Giants after Aikman retired. If they were going to put an NFC East team in there it’s the eagles. The Eagles and Giants have been going back and forth with each other every year for first place every year since the Andy Reid has been eagles coach. They put on an great game every time they play each other. Unlike the cowboys who just finds ways to embarrassed themselves on the national stage with Tory Aikman oops my bad, Tony Romo has there QB.

  51. ajpurp says: Mar 27, 2012 8:30 PM

    More celebrated franchise? You mean the team that crowned itself Americas team? Over one of the two remaining original football teams on the same city with the same name? The giants and the packers are the oldest currently operating teams with the same name as in the 1930′s. Also, you keep relying on super bowl titles but the league existed before the super bowl, and guess what? The giants have 7 championships and competed in far more than the cowboys ever have. The steelers, giants and packers are America’s teams.
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    It boggles the mind on how stupid some people are, why you ask, because its common knowledge, well atleast for most people that it was NFL Films that coined the phrase “America’s Team” in 1979 and not the Cowboys themselves but ignorant morons like this guy keep spewing this crap like its fact,take your head out of your ass for just a minute and you might be able to hear things when they are spoken, but then again i doubt it.

  52. The reason why Cowboys are labeled ‘America’s Team’ because they got a fan base who don’t root for their hometown team because a)Bad ownership or hometown team sucks or b)that person is a lonely person and uses the cowboys has model of success of the 90’s as the reason of rooting for them.

  53. deadeye says:
    Mar 27, 2012 8:14 PM

    Jerry’s instincts are correct here: I would pay good money to see Jerry outfitted in a Cowboys uniform tackling Mara dressed in a Giants uniform.

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    Eh, I see more of a WWF style event with JJ giving a halftime intervew about his 14 inch pythons and proclaiming, “what you gonna do Mara-man when Jerrah-mania runs wild on you?”

    Mara then comes running out of the tunnel, spits on the Cowboys star while the two circle each other and the two start throwing fists on the 50 yard line.

  54. Like I have been trying to tell idiot Redskins and Cowboys fans no team will side with them and there is no way they will find seven teams to side with them and block these penalties. Rule or not they were told not to do it by their BOSS!

  55. George Allen once said he wanted to fight Landry at the 50 to his team. Before each game Jones and well.. Bruce Allen should get a chance to rock Mara.

  56. HistoryBob Ryan, now Vice President and editor-in-chief of NFL Films, coined this for the Cowboys while preparing and editing the team’s 1978 season highlight film.[7] He was quoted as saying:

    I wanted to come up with a different twist on their team highlight film. I noticed then, and had noticed earlier, that wherever the Cowboys played, you saw people in the stands with Cowboys jerseys and hats and pennants. Plus, they were always the national game on television.
    Ryan told the NFL Network, for their Top Ten Nicknames show:

    I saw all these fans in away stadiums. Hey, they’re the most popular team in the country. How can I use that? Why don’t we call them “America’s Team”?

  57. I think jerey should spearhead and effort to get the giants name changed to the New Jersey giants.
    John Mara is a no good two timing, two timing pile of steaming donkey droppings! U giant fans wish you were America’s team

  58. @rhosmersr
    You do realize that the cowboys play in Arlington? Which is about twice the distance between manhattan and MetLife? Who am I kidding your an Arlington fan, of course you don’t.

  59. Hate both teams. Enough said. Mara is pu**y b*tch that is hiding behind his father’s legacy that likes to penalize teams in his own division to gain a “competitive advantage” and boo hoo hoo…. got mad because the skins broke the “spirit” of the NFL. JJ is just a loud mouth a**.

  60. cowboychris5xchamps says:
    Mar 27, 2012 11:33 PM

    ….It doesn’t matter when they were won….

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    Yes it matters genius. That’s ALL that matters. The rules changed many times over. The whole point is Jerry cant pick talent regardless of how much money he throws at the players.

  61. The banner will be raised fire works will be seen fans will be cheering
    and the cowboys will once again choke

    Jerry it will remind you of the night you opened jerrysworld
    If your lucky maybe John Mara will let you kiss his Super Bowl Ring

    And if your real nice maybe eli will sign a ball for you like he did the wall in jerryworld

  62. Past 15 years, Giants 3 superbowl appearances, 2 superbowl championships.

    cowboys, 0 and uhhhh, 0, and uhhhhh 2 playoff wins?

    OUCH. I didn’t even tally the Giants playoff wins in the past 15 years because it would dwarf the cowgirls. hahahahaha.

    cowboys fans are so desperate and typical. go post on your facebook your cowboy garbage, before evergame, then during and after the game post negatively about them, then a day later hit the backboard and rebound to repeat the process the following sunday.

    but hey, we can’t all be Cowboy, Yankee, Laker fans like you guys. you have that on all of us. Even though us Giants fans are REAL yankee fans and you all are just bandwagon 90 fans looking for the next big thing to LATCH onto.

  63. my god jj, on the field really, philly really, redskins rg3 really, jj go away already!!!!!!

  64. Smithers going to release his hounds on the World Champions? Too funny.

    Cowgirls are a nice brand and sell well but have been proven to be a lousy football team that cant get it done.

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