Jerry Jones is “very concerned” that Sean Lee won’t return this year

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Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee doesn’t need surgery on his neck, but there’s no clear timetable for his return to the Cowboys defense.

That leaves owner Jerry Jones “very concerned” about the possibility that Lee will not play again this season. Jones referred to Lee as the quarterback of the defense and said during his weekly visit to 105.3 The Fan that he thinks the injuries to Lee and other linebackers were a key reason why the Cowboys blew a 23-point lead against the Packers.

“We had to quit doing things on defense that we had been doing. That compromised us,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

As for some of the other things that have been blamed for the loss, Jones said he didn’t have a problem with the play calling in the second half of the game and said he was for the aggressiveness that the team showed after the Packers started to put points on the board. Jones also said he didn’t think quarterback Tony Romo had too much latitude to check out of plays in the offense, which isn’t much of a surprise since Jones spent the offseason pitching a bigger role in offensive decision making for the quarterback.

The Cowboys control their fate in the NFC East and can win the divison with a pair of victories. If they can’t do that, we’ll see if Jones remains as supportive as he’s been since the end of the game against the Packers.

75 responses to “Jerry Jones is “very concerned” that Sean Lee won’t return this year

  1. That’s too bad, he’s one of the few Allas players I actually like.

    Jerruh is concerned! Stop the presses!!!

  2. “Jones referred to Lee as the quarterback of the defense ” ……..the worst defense in the NFL and this is the best Jerrah can come up? Jerrah is priceless, the gift that keeps on giving in quotes.

  3. In the quote he says Sean Lee is like the Romo of the defense.

    My microwave is my Tony Romo.

    It can always get the job done and I can make anything in it. But am I really cooking anything or just foolin’ myself?

  4. Romo gets too much of the blame…….. He doesn’t check out of the run the Cowboys are punting….. The fact remains the Packers scored Touchdowns on every 2nd Half possession; except when they were doing the Victory Kneel-Downs….. Romo doesn’t play Defense. Jerry needs to look in the mirror and try to determine why the Cowboys “D” stinks. It might be because of all the “stupid, idiotic, head-banging” Draft Picks, & trades !!

  5. The biggest problem with the Cowboys’ is Jerry Jones. He just doesn’t know it yet.

    How does Rob Ryan find success with every defense he touches EXCEPT for Dallas’?

    EASY. Because the guy choosing the players in Dallas SUCKS AT IT.

    But he’ll never see that over the piles of money. Egos are expensive.

  6. Cowboys fans “very concerned” that Jerry Jones WILL return this year. And next year. And the year after that. And the year after that. And…..well…..you get the point.

  7. I’m a life long Cowboys fan and Jerry is a delusional idiot. He needs to start by hiring a competent GM. As much as I like Garret, he has not learned how to manage the game or clock in 3, years, then he needs to go too.

    Murray was running all over GB and with a huge lead, EVERYONE knows, you run out the clock. Everyone except Jason Garret. I will be the first person to admit part of Dallas’s problems over the past decade and a half is consistency with their coaches and having the same coach for more than 2 or 3, years at a time. But the time has come to move on from Garrett. He hasn’t learned in 3, years, he isn’t going too.

  8. Jerry’s punk boy Stephen called our Sean Lee last week. Stephen may be another Ratliff and decide it is not worth pushing yourself back from an injury early and risk more damage only to be called out by a trust fund baby. There are a few teams (31?) who would happy to pick him up after he gets cut.

  9. Dear Cowboys fans,

    As a non-cowboys fan, I really feel for you guys. It must suck to know that as long as Jerrah is a live, your team will be hopelessly mired in mediocrity. I mean, what if Jerrah lives to be 100 years old??? That means you have 29 more years of sucking.

  10. “We had to quit doing things on defense that we had been doing.”

    LOL. The Cowboys are a total laughingstock.

  11. As great as he is, It is very concerning that he is made of tissue paper. No good to the team if you cannot stay on the field.

  12. Jerry should be concerned about Sean Lee. But he should be more concerned about: his team will not make the playoffs. That there is no hope for the future of his team as long as him and his son run the team. That his team is the laughing stock of pro sports. That his team is losing fans every year. And I am one of them. After 45 years as a fan of this team, I am done.

  13. Every team has injuries this time of year Jerry. This is the first time that Dallas ever lost when leading by 20 or more at the half – do you think that NONE of those previous Cowboy teams had significant injuries. Love this co-dependent owner that looks past the cause of the problem because he loves the Coach, the QB, and himself as GM. You are a hot mess top to bottom Jerry, glad you found a lame excuse to keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting that next time will be different.

  14. And maybe it is just me overanalyzing this, but why does he reveal this info on tuesday. Even if he is not playing, be tight lipped about it. Drag it out. Make the other team prepare like he is going to play. And it is not just this week it is every week that jones reveals thta someone is not going to play early in the week. All of the great franchises are masters at playing the injury report close to the vest. But jerry has to let everyone know on tuesday so that he can be the one to let the info out. God it is amateur hour down there. Please bring in someone to run the football side of this thing, jerry, or it will never get better.

  15. To all you guys bashing Garrett’s playcalling (not to particularly defend him) Remeber the great Jerrah took that responsibility from him and gave it to Romo and what’s his nuts. Playcalling gaffes belong to them not to him. He just relays the OC’s SUGGESTION to Romo.

  16. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, having Jerry as the owner/GM is like staying in a bad marriage for the children’s sake. There’s nothing you can do to change him, so you just find pleasure where you can.

  17. For anybody who says that Romo gets too much of the blame…..

    Please tell me who threw the interception while having a lead with minutes left to play in the game.

    What the defense does is separate to what Romo does.

    When you’re paid 100million to go out there and be an elite QB there are certain responsibilities that come with it. 1. Being a leader. 2. Protecting the football. 3. Manage the game by making winning decisions.

    Romo did 1. Not take ownership for the loss 2. Did not protect the football 3. Threw the game away by going against what his own coaching staff told him to do.

    Romo did EVERYTHING to win, and at the same time did EVERYTHING to lose.

    It does not matter if you put up 5 touchdowns against the Broncos but throw an interception with two and a half minutes left in the game.

    For every positive stat Romo has, he has a negative one to argue it.

    Tony Romo is a really nice guy, who has no business making the money does nor playing as a starting QB.

  18. I don’t think any other team has an owner or GM that has a radio show, tv show and is a constant quote generator. He is worse than Al Davis could ever dream of being.

  19. Lee is an excellent linebacker, but he’s apparently made of papier mache. What good is he if he can’t stay on the field at least half the time?

  20. Most GMs are in their offices studying films, or reports, making phone calls. You know, GM stuff. Jerry is always trying to find the next interview to give. It’s no wonder he sucks at that.

  21. What a conceited jerk Jones is..

    His defense has been getting ripped for points all season:
    — 6 Games they gave up 30+ points..
    — 3 of those games were 45 or more against their “D”.
    — Sean Lee played in 11 of the 14 games that Dallas played this season and also has 99 tackles to date. He’s been playing hard and it still hasn’t mattered.
    — They given up 21 or more in their last 7 games (averaging 31.9 points given up per game average in last 7).
    — They gave up an average of 22.1 points a game in the first 7 games.

    This isn’t just Sean Lee.. He’s not the only essential cog.. Ware hasn’t played 100 percent either and let’s not forget about Jason Garrett and his bone-headed moves..

    The Cowboys are too dysfunctional and will stay that way until Jerry Jones (and his fingerprints) are off of this franchise.

  22. If I was JJ I would be more concerned with my own mental health. Who gives out a fat contract before being necessary to an injury prone guy who missed half his college and Pro starts?

  23. mackcarrington:

    Football teams are only as good as the brains behind them and their skill at understanding how to break down the film. Great point, but not one that JJ will ever figure out how to take advantage of. He won’t hire a guy to do the film study for him and he doesn’t know how to do it well himself. That’s not good.

  24. chargerdillon said:

    “For anybody who says that Romo gets too much of the blame…..

    Please tell me who threw the interception while having a lead with minutes left to play in the game.”

    Go watch the game tape. Tell me that cole Beasely finished his route. And then tell me with a straight face thats really Romo’s fault that the WR stopped his route on what was a perfectly thrown pass.

    “What the defense does is separate to what Romo does.”

    Agreed. Romo is not the only problem.

    “When you’re paid 100million to go out there and be an elite QB there are certain responsibilities that come with it. 1. Being a leader. 2. Protecting the football. 3. Manage the game by making winning decisions.”

    Agreed.

    “Romo did 1. Not take ownership for the loss 2. Did not protect the football 3. Threw the game away by going against what his own coaching staff told him to do.”

    No. Watch the tape. An out route, in the flats, is a perfect example of protecting the football. Unless the ball is tipped, or the WR shorts his route, there is no way for that ball to be picked, where it was thrown.

    You’re also wrong in that the coaches were calling for pass plays THE ENTIRE 2ND HALF, even though DM was averaging 8 ypc.

    “Romo did EVERYTHING to win, and at the same time did EVERYTHING to lose.”

    My issue with Romo in this game is that he didn’t change the plays enough: If you’re up 20, and averaging 8ypc, all you need is one first down on each possession. If you punt on third down after that, there isn’t enough clock for GB to catch up. Do the math on that. You’ll see it would be almost impossible,

    “It does not matter if you put up 5 touchdowns against the Broncos but throw an interception with two and a half minutes left in the game.”
    Again, the WR shorted the route.

    “For every positive stat Romo has, he has a negative one to argue it.”

    Agreed

    “Tony Romo is a really nice guy, who has no business making the money does nor playing as a starting QB.”

    Put Romo on the Jets, with that defense, Romo probably wins that division, but definitely has 10+ wins.

  25. Also, just so we are clear. I will prob always be an Allas fan. I will NEVER support Jerry Jones, until he hires a real GM. So basically, never.

    I wont tell you that Allas is good, or that they’re winning the division, or that even if Eagles manage to out lose the Cowboys they’ll win a playoff game. None of those things would be true.

    I just feel like the blame is being focused on Romo, when it is much better deserved at skeletor’s feet, garrets, and Kiffin.

  26. Lee has had some bad luck…perhaps he does play too hard. I do not
    Think you can criticize a player for always being around the ball.
    Being around the ball has caused Lee to suffer injuries caused by his own teammates. Last year as Lee was taking down a runner against
    Carolina ..Ware threw a Panther down late in the play . While Lee was
    down the player fell on the back of Lee’s heel causing his toe to hyper- extend . A freak injury. This year on first defensive play of Bears game
    Selvie jumps on the pile a little late and crushes Lee in the neck.
    The fact that Lee continued to play with ligament damage tells you how tough he is.
    Could you imagine if Lee had a large nose tackle in front of him.Watch
    other teams. The Cowboys asked a lot of their Lbs . The d-line job is to get upfield which is not exactly a run first mentality. This means the Lbs must be mindful of the run but also responsible for deep drops.
    It also means lineman are out on the linebackers… Not easy but Lee was pretty successful and always around the ball.

  27. Is Jerruh ever concerned about anything? Will his mammoth ego allow him to question any decision he has ever made? He insists that Romo is an elite QB. There is no one he would rather have than Monte Kiffin. Jason Garrett’s play calling was just fine. Jason Garrett himself is just fine. The D stinks because Lee is out, even though the D he built was bad before Lee was out. Just how long ago did he part ways with reality?

  28. Jerry should be really concerned that his $100 million QB isn’t smart enough to NOT throw interceptions. Seriously, we can dog the playcalling all we want, but Romo is still the guy out there in charge. He knows how to audible, he has to know you CANNOT turn the ball over like that! Take the sack if you have to and keep the clock running.

    My God, that’s Madden 2013 level knowledge.

  29. When Jerry sits back and thinks on all the love he made with Jimmy in the early years, he can’t help but realize it may have been too much, too soon… and now he’s starting to appreciate the success that they had together and perhaps the success didn’t have as much to do with him as he once thought.

  30. It’s more concerning that Jones will continue to return to GM next years and many that follow. Better drafting and coaching and you should’ve blown Green Bay out of the stadium but you gave up 5 TD drives in the second half and gave the packers new life. For shame.

  31. The biggest problem with the cowboys is JJ. The players suck, buts it’s the GM that picks them.

    He also picks the coaches that have no idea how to game manage.

  32. thestrategyexpert says:
    Dec 17, 2013 11:25 AM
    In the quote he says Sean Lee is like the Romo of the defense.

    My microwave is my Tony Romo.

    It can always get the job done and I can make anything in it. But am I really cooking anything or just foolin’ myself?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Does your microwave always fail you every December when you really need it too?

  33. I’m a huge cowboy fan. Enough is enough already. Fire the strength and conditioning person already. Two years in a row hamstrings have killed the defense ( Miles Austin on offense or big paycheck you pick) this is not the first game this year that Murray has been putting up big numbers and they stop running the ball. You are up 26-3 and stop running. The only person who should have a job right now that’s not a player is the water boy.

  34. not to beat a dead horse, but i will say that its satisfying for me to see jj suffer for the decision to scapegoat rob ryan last year as the cause of the cowboys’ downfall.

    as jj may recall, sean lee was out last year along with half the other defensive starters. so instead of concluding that the defensive injuries, no depth, and an utter lack of a killer instinct doomed the boys, ‘ol jerry needed to do something. and as we know, the worst thing about bad decisions are the unintended consequences.

  35. Not to mention his coaches have zero discipline. If my player walks off before the game is over, he will be crying, but not because of a loss.

    That is why Dallas gets so many penalties and bone head plays. No discipline.

  36. Whatever happened to the quarterback bootleg? With the defense keying on Murray Tony could run for a first down. Didn’t the slow footed Payton Manning run a bootleg and score against Dallas. Win the game quit trying to put up 50 points.

  37. It simply doesn’t matter if Sean Lee returns or not. Even if Dallas can worm their way into the playoffs, Tony “the gaff machine” Romo will screw the deal up with multiple turnovers.

    Romo is as big a knucklehead as Jerrah.

  38. Just think cowboy fans, when jerrah finally goes, you get his trust-fund snot-nosed kid stevie, who knows just as much as daddy about football……………….nothing.

  39. It’s hard to gauge in a referenced tweet but I haven’t seen in any report or interview where Jerry said he was worried at all about Sean Lee the person. Only the effect on the Cowboys defense.

    Seems a shame but as I think back I don’t recall him ever saying “I’m worried about a players long term health.” It’s always the team meaning his record.

  40. cowpiesnotcowboys:

    No, but I still believe I’m cooking with it. See, it’s a perception problem really. Dallas has a perception problem. The GM of the team thinks he is doing a good job.

  41. cursedvikings1998 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 11:34 AM
    Dear Cowboys fans,
    I mean, what if Jerrah lives to be 100 years old??? That means you have 29 more years of sucking.
    ————————————-
    On the bright side, his doctor said he will still have the brain of a 40 year old. Or was it 5 year old?

  42. I commented last year…what is the difference between Alex Smith
    and Tony Romo? You may argue that Romo may have more upside
    perhaps in the pass game. However Smith is just as productive and is
    not afraid to run and pick up that third and three. Romo does not want to run .
    Romo wants and maybe thinks he is a top QB but a top QB misses 3-4 throws a game not 8-10 especially when game is on line.
    As to allegations that Garrett is throwing Romo under the bus. Wasn’t
    it Romo who went to Jerry during negotiations last year and demanded a say in the offense.( Romo’s past input came on Thursday
    Or late in the week…not when the coaches were game planning and not in time for Wednesdays practice) If Romo demanded this right …he must accept some of the blame! Until now Garrett has refrained but after several games of Romo changing plays at the line unsuccessfully
    ( see Kansas City ) he was truthful . Was is wrong with the truth? Maybe it will make Romo better. Do you think Beilichick isn’t straight up with Brady?

  43. Dallas fans take hope. A lot of teams haven’t been in the playoffs or won the Super Bowl. In 3 years it will be 20 years since your last Super Bowl appearance/win.
    Twenty years is considered a “generation.” Wouldn’t it nicer to say you haven’t won in a generation? Sounds better than 20 years.

  44. Worst def in the league and they are still 7-7. interesting. hmmmmmmmmm. maybe if you fix the def you can become a very good team. perhaps a sb contender. think about it jerry. the tampa 2 is as obsolete as the wide 9. come on you made a mistake. it is ok. move on from it and fix this thing.

  45. Jerry is concerned that Sean Lee will pull a Jay Ratliff on him … just because Jerry’s idiot punk son called Lee out last week. Who wants to risk neck injury for these yahoos?

  46. You want a see a well run ownership family, father, son, grandson, great grandson (now learning the business) look up at Pittsburgh.

    Jerry can learn, he is a smart guy. Steve …. don’t think so … too much handed to him.

    If you were Sean Lee and pushed yourself with a bad neck to play and have that trust fund baby Steve call you out, what would you do … if he has any brains, he takes care of himself and his babies first.

  47. Hey Maverick,

    “Do you think Beilichick isn’t straight up with Brady?”

    Ever see it happen in public, in a press conference.

  48. cursedvikings1998 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 11:34 AM
    Dear Cowboys fans,

    As a non-cowboys fan, I really feel for you guys. It must suck to know that as long as Jerrah is a live, your team will be hopelessly mired in mediocrity. I mean, what if Jerrah lives to be 100 years old??? That means you have 29 more years of sucking
    ———————-
    Living in Tx, most of my friends are Cowboy fans (I’m not). It used to be fun to talk smack with them but I, too, realy do feel sorry for them these days. There really is no hope in sight for them. The NFL is much better off when Dallas is relevant.

  49. Worst def in the league and they are still 7-7. interesting. hmmmmmmmmm. maybe if you fix the def you can become a very good team.

    But they beat the Eagles, the Redskins, the Vikings, the Raiders and the Giants. The only team there with credibility are the Eagles.

  50. Worst def in the league and they are still 7-7. interesting. hmmmmmmmmm. maybe if you fix the def you can become a very good team.

    But they beat the Eagles, the Redskins, the Vikings, the Raiders and the Giants. The only team there with credibility are the Eagles.

    ——————————-
    agreed. now take that argument and look at who philly beat, who kc beat, etc… playoff teams correct. Are they that good. you can only beat the teams on your schedule. And if you fix something that needs fixing you can become very good very fast in this league becasue no one is that good.

  51. cursedvikings1998 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 11:34 AM
    Dear Cowboys fans,

    As a non-cowboys fan, I really feel for you guys. It must suck to know that as long as Jerrah is a live, your team will be hopelessly mired in mediocrity. I mean, what if Jerrah lives to be 100 years old??? That means you have 29 more years of sucking

    How about Redskins fans with Dan Snyder? He’s younger and still has plenty more years to grow senile and destroy his team even more, if that’s even possible.

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