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Stephen Jones just hoping for a healthier Cowboys defense

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Cowboys V.P. Stephen Jones is hoping not so much for a better defense in Big D this year than for a healthier defense.

Jones acknowledged that the talent doesn’t look better on paper than it did a year ago. But Jones says that the problem a year ago was that Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff missed the whole season with injuries, while DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher suffered injuries as well. This year, Jones wants to see a healthy defense.

“When we were sitting here last year we thought we were better because we thought Ware was going to be Ware and Hatch was going to be Hatch and Spence was going to be Spence and Rat was going to be Rat,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram. “And those were pretty damn good football players before the injuries hit. This time last year, we loved our front because I thought everyone was going to be healthy and back and they didn’t.”

The key, Jones says, is new defensive tackles Henry Melton and Terrell McClain and defensive end Jeremy Mincey being healthy for 16 games.

“If we play better on defense, then we should be a better team,” Jones said. “Maybe Mincey and Melton and McClain and whoever we draft end up being healthier than those guys, so we end up being better.”

The Cowboys’ defense, which gave up a league-high 415 yards a game and 24 first downs a game, could hardly be worse.

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43 Responses to “Stephen Jones just hoping for a healthier Cowboys defense”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 24, 2014 11:44 AM

    Best defenses in the NFL:
    1. 49ers
    2. Panthers
    3. Cardinals
    4. Vikings
    5. Bengals

  2. tenotnamedmiller says: Mar 24, 2014 11:47 AM

    Nothing says let’s get healthier than signing guy recovering from ACL tear.

  3. rgmememe says: Mar 24, 2014 11:47 AM

    He should hope for a better GM…. oh, right.

  4. thetroofishere says: Mar 24, 2014 11:48 AM

    “The Cowboys’ defense, which gave up a league-high 415 yards a game and 24 first downs a game, could hardly be worse.” and still miraculously won 8 games… this is borderline unimagineable.

  5. ajgreenhof says: Mar 24, 2014 11:48 AM

    Stephen or Jerry just can’t get enough of these guys!

    (sarcasm)

  6. theclink12 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:49 AM

    No matter what happens Dallas will still finish 8-8.

  7. kneelbeforesod says: Mar 24, 2014 11:49 AM

    The Cowboys are so consistently inconsistent, that making snarky comments (at their expense) is beginning to lose its appeal.

  8. coloradofort says: Mar 24, 2014 11:50 AM

    You may want to hope for better talent….

  9. itsnotforme says: Mar 24, 2014 11:52 AM

    Yes Stephen, they should be better at losing and they should be better at being worse statistically then last year. But then again, your defense was the worst ever last year, so maybe up is the only way they can go.

  10. seahawkhuskyfan says: Mar 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    I am just hoping for a new GM

  11. r8rsfan says: Mar 24, 2014 11:55 AM

    Every team in the league could make a similar statement – injuries are part of the game. That’s why Jerrah was patting himself on the back so hard for having Kyle Orton.

  12. tndiver says: Mar 24, 2014 11:56 AM

    Isn’t this the reason Rob Ryan said his defense didn’t do as well, before JJ fired him? Gotta love the consistency!

  13. thegonz13 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:58 AM

    A smarter GM wouldn’t hurt either…

  14. realnflmaster says: Mar 24, 2014 12:00 PM

    Best defenses in the NFL:

    Jets
    49ers
    Steelers
    Raiders
    Cowboys

    32nd: Patriots

  15. tnazvol says: Mar 24, 2014 12:00 PM

    You also thought that you would be better because you fired your defensive coordinator whom you later admitted shouldn’t probably have been fired…….

    Father and son can’t get out of their own way….

  16. wawa33 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:01 PM

    They couldnt pay DeMarcus Ware because of Jerry/Stephen Jones mania of paying their punter until 2020.

  17. trefkennedy says: Mar 24, 2014 12:02 PM

    Let us pray

  18. grantsbuds says: Mar 24, 2014 12:04 PM

    Millen @ GM would be an upgrade.

  19. cakesw says: Mar 24, 2014 12:04 PM

    Oh goody !

    A chip off the old block for sure !

    Both Randy White and Ed “Too Tall” Jones are healthy…

    Sign them.

    Because clearly, all that matters is health right ?

    Forget Talent, Heart, Coaching, and game planning….

    You go ahead and go with “health”

  20. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 24, 2014 12:05 PM

    Morris Claiborne was out pretty much the entire season as well. They did have a lot of tough breaks in a brand new defensive scheme.

  21. metalman5150 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:05 PM

    HTTR –
    Hatcher is going to be Hatch.
    Thanks, for Bowen and now for Hatch, Dallas!

  22. iloveagoodnap says: Mar 24, 2014 12:09 PM

    Lol so he admits that the talent is not as good on paper, points to 4 injured guys all of whom are gone now, and lists their injuries as the reason for the lack of success?

    Yeah, that makes sense. I’m totally convinced now of the cowboys defensive outlook! What a joke of a family.

  23. dalfanforever says: Mar 24, 2014 12:09 PM

    Jones and every other Boys fan. Can’t get much worse than where we were.

  24. humpofdc says: Mar 24, 2014 12:10 PM

    HTTR!!!

  25. dbfan4ever says: Mar 24, 2014 12:14 PM

    I think if my last name were Ratliff I wouldn’t appreciate the nickname “Rat”!

  26. illiniftw says: Mar 24, 2014 12:17 PM

    They should look into getting a better training staff instead of just “hoping we stay healthy”. Teams like the Cowboys and Packers seem to have a lot of injuries every year yet you never hear of them changing up their staff.

  27. starfan79 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:22 PM

    Bowen didnt do very nuch.. and you overpaid him.. same with Hatch.

  28. garnold51 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:23 PM

    There has to be a reason that this defense has been ravaged by injuries the past two seasons. Therein lies the problem that needs to be solved.

  29. axespray says: Mar 24, 2014 12:23 PM

    It’d help if the Offense would run it in the 2nd half of games.

  30. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 24, 2014 12:27 PM

    Remember when Mo Claiborne scored a 4 on the Wonderlic? That was funny.

  31. fbrets0922 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:31 PM

    Turn Out the Light the Party is Over, Hey Jones and Jones, that is the Ghost Of Joseph Don “Dandy Don” Meredith singing good night. It is a shame for the Dallas Fan’s what the future has in store for them for having to pay dead money for players long gone!

    But Jerry look at all the money you will make selling their jersey’s long after they are gone!

  32. kahnsbushymustache says: Mar 24, 2014 12:34 PM

    And pray that Mincey doesn’t open another hip-hop recording studio in Dallas that keeps him from making morning practice…

  33. supertecmobowl says: Mar 24, 2014 12:55 PM

    As a Cowboys fan I always long for the days when Jerrah steps down and a new person takes over. Then, I see something like this and the reality hits that things aren’t going to change in Dallas. Painful.

  34. rmaxmaicon says: Mar 24, 2014 12:55 PM

    COWBOYS have been dealing with injuries for the last 2years…and the biggest one of all is SEAN LEE. When that guy goes down, the defense seems to crumble. Also, CLAIBORNE needs to step it up this year or he will be considered a 1st round Bust! JERRY seems to finally be signing better contracts now after the whole RATLIFF loss and SPENCER being paid over 10million to ride the pine last year.

  35. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    Stephen Jones = TOMMY BOY!!!!

  36. davekva72 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:10 PM

    Couldn’t be worse?! They let Ware, Hatcher, and Spencer walk, and have replaced them with a guy coming off an ACL tear, and two 2nd string nobody’s. It’s basically the same exact defense as last year, only with less talent and more coaches. Of course they can be worse! And I’m a Cowboys fan!

  37. thefiesty1 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:36 PM

    It won’t matter if they are all healthy and no one is on injured reserve. —- it’s the Cowbabies! 8-8 for life.

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 24, 2014 1:41 PM

    Cowboy fans have heard all this talk before blah blah blah.

    The Jones should have known that Rat wasn’t going to be Rat after his injury and considering his age and the fact he didn’t want to play for Jerry.

    As far as Melton goes, no one knows how he will play after an ACL injury. Jerry and Stephen (dumb and dumber) never learn.

  39. jlbutler66 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:59 PM

    You know your in big trouble when you resort to the word”hope” and your defence in the same sentence.

  40. craigkintexas says: Mar 24, 2014 2:35 PM

    Is there anyway we can call ICE and get the Jones bunch sent back to Arkansas?????

  41. selldannysell says: Mar 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    How about building up depth so that if/when injuries do occur, you have someone who can step in and keep the defense going instead of whining about how banged up you are?

  42. mp802013 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:07 PM

    What’s the common factor over the last 20 years with both statistically good defenses and bad?????

    The Jones…………what kind of change can be made there?

  43. scbaby2013 says: Mar 29, 2014 1:40 PM

    Doesn’t matter cowgirls will never win with romo

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