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Jerry Jones says “it’s all about Jason,” but is it?

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Two days after not-commenting-while-commenting on the reported interest of outgoing Browns president Mike Holmgren in the not-currently-vacant head coaching job in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has commented on his commitment to the guy who currently holds the cards.

And, as usual, there’s more than meets the eye.

Asked during a Tuesday radio appearance regarding the Holmgren situation, Jones said (via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com):  “I won’t and can’t get into that kind of conversation because of how fired up I am about the future of Jason.  The future is now, but also I am fired up about him and what he can be coaching the Dallas Cowboys.  Mike Holmgren . . . I can’t tell you on a individual basis how much I respect him.  He’s everything you would want as far as a coach is concerned and I appreciate, it was a compliment, when he was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together.  And that’s just the case.  But make no mistake about it.  And Mike doesn’t need me to say what a great guy he is.  Our fans probably need to hear he’s a great guy.  Bottom line, it’s all about Jason with me.”

Yes, it’s all about Jason.  Until it isn’t.

As explained during Tuesday’s PFT Live, Jones is wise to unequivocally support his coach and his players under circumstances where support could help the team achieve its goals.  But Jones has said enough to make it clear that, if he should decide to make a change, Holmgren would be a candidate.

By saying “our fans probably need to hear he’s a great guy,” Jones may be laying the foundation for the sales pitch that he may eventually have to make.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Jones’ comments is that he seems to suggest Holmgren has actually spoken about the Cowboys job.  Since Holmgren hasn’t done so publicly, Jones could be referring to a private conversation with Holmgen when he says “it was a compliment, when [Holmgren] was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together.”

A decade ago, Jones lined up Bill Parcells for a job that was held at the time by Dave Campo.  It could be that, while Jones is wisely supporting Garrett, the owner quietly is exploring his options and doing his due diligence regarding Plan B, if he decides that the latest iteration of Plan A is no longer working.

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25 Responses to “Jerry Jones says “it’s all about Jason,” but is it?”
  1. dannyreneau says: Nov 13, 2012 1:06 PM

    I don’t understand a word he just said

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2012 1:09 PM

    If there was anybody left who still had any doubt as to whether Jerrah was in it for the attention, they should watch the NFL Life Jimmy Johnson episode.

    He needs it bad.

  3. leadlap says: Nov 13, 2012 1:10 PM

    “Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Jones’ comments is that he seems to suggest Holmgren has actually spoken about the Cowboys job. Since Holmgren hasn’t done so publicly, Jones could be referring to a private conversation with Holmgen when he says “it was a compliment, when [Holmgren] was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together.”
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    Or maybe he was asked if he had heard the rumor that Mike Holmgren expressed interest by a reporter, and responded to what he’s heard or read in the media.

    Let’s not make this bigger than it is.

  4. pencilmonkeymagic says: Nov 13, 2012 1:10 PM

    I wouldn’t give him the control for the tv, never mind an NFL franchise.

  5. bucrightoff says: Nov 13, 2012 1:12 PM

    Prediction: No matter who is the next Cowboys coach, Jerry will still get an inordinate amount of plastic surgery.

  6. oriolesvsravens says: Nov 13, 2012 1:12 PM

    You think General (Manager) Jones would want Holmgren attempting to have any say on what free agents, draft picks, and trades to go after? Jason’s all for it. Sean Payton maybe but I’m sure it would get old after awhile but I think Payton stays in NO. But Jerry learned his lesson with Parcells.

  7. wallacejay says: Nov 13, 2012 1:12 PM

    We know better Jerrah. No matter what you say, it will always be all about you.

  8. tonys4 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:14 PM

    Ah Jerrah, how can someone so clueless have made so much money? Very very difficult times for lifelong Cowboys fans. As a GM you should fire Garrett (please fire Garrett!!!!) and as an owner, fire yourself as the GM. As for Holmgren, meh…but better than garrett!!

  9. goodolebaghead says: Nov 13, 2012 1:17 PM

    Someone please black Jerry Jones out of the media for a while. I’m more sick of seeing/hearing him than I am of the Vilma Bounty Case.

    This guy doesn’t do all these radio shows and Papa Johns Pizza ads for the money. The old man is just desperately grasping for as much attention as possible for his last years on this earth.

  10. TxGrown says: Nov 13, 2012 1:17 PM

    Every time he speaks…a cute little kitten dies. As well as any enthusiasm for the future of this franchise.

  11. neer music says: Nov 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    “I won’t and can’t get into that kind of conversation because of how fired up I am about the future of Jason. The future is now”

    right..

  12. pmars64 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:30 PM

    Negotiating tactics to offset Payton’s demands?

  13. blacknole08 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:39 PM

    Jerry Jones may say it’s about Garrett, but when things go good in Dallas, he will always turn it around and make it about him. Things go bad, he blames everyone/fires players and coaching staff.

    Jerry doesn’t seem to realize that HE is the problem.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 13, 2012 1:40 PM

    Holmgren and Reid back together again with the kid that grow up idolizing Brett Favre slinging it.

  15. dennyg2 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:45 PM

    Jerry Jones simply needs to go away…

  16. deadeye says: Nov 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    Oh Jerruh, you are so full of yourself. Which is kind way of saying you are full of crap.

    The Cowboys will never win in the playoffs until Jerruh dies. The spirit of Al Davis has added is malevolence to Jerruh’s, and the tragic yet predictable result is sub-500 seasons as far as the eye can see.

  17. fissels says: Nov 13, 2012 1:52 PM

    Jerry, as a long time Cowboy fan I’m tired of you wanting to explain everything. We know you won’t fire yourself. we are resigned to that fact. Why don’t you at least just shut up and let your coach do his job? It’s not about you.

  18. SparkyGump says: Nov 13, 2012 1:55 PM

    The only thing this guy listens to is his wallet. Jerry needs to start seeing empty seats in his shrine before he admits the Cowboys’ real problem is him.

  19. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 13, 2012 2:10 PM

    I love it Jerry. Keep it up. Im a Raider fan and this Al 2.0 but without the weird paranoia, instead an extreme narcicism by Jerrah.
    Keep it up. Cowpokes will suck for a decade.

  20. cliverush says: Nov 13, 2012 2:24 PM

    Could the conversation have been about Holmgren serving as an adviser in the front office? This would allow him to keep Garret and have a non family mentor for his son.

  21. therealjr says: Nov 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    More likely Holmgren trying to get these rumors going so he can drum up interest from other clubs. Doubtful.

  22. ppc50 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:32 PM

    “Jones could be referring to a private conversation with Holmgen when he says “it was a compliment, when [Holmgren] was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together.”
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    I thought Holmgren said this to the media when asked if he inquired about the position. This article is really reaching, even if Holmgren does become the coach next year – which I kind of doubt.

  23. billhicks666 says: Nov 13, 2012 3:36 PM

    I for one can’t get enough of Jerrah. Because the tighter he holds on to those GM reins and the more time he spends on the radio and in front of the television cameras, the deeper the Cowboys slide into the abyss.

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 13, 2012 7:30 PM

    Jerry must display support for Jason or he creates lame duck coach which would be bad for the team seeing how they aren’t completely out of the playoff picture yet.

    Now Jerry may be working out something behind the scenes. After all, he is not going to hold the GM (Jerry) accountable.

  25. davidcl77 says: Nov 13, 2012 11:01 PM

    Senile idiot. He’s comfortable with losing annually. I guess it’s ok with me, cause he sure as hell won’t win with that cat coaching and his old ass as gm. He does own the team, so if he wants to be a loser, so be it.

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