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Stephen Jones: Our safeties are better than media critics say

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The Cowboys had a need at safety heading into the NFL draft, but they didn’t address that need until the seventh round. Cowboys V.P. Stephen Jones says the reason for that is simple: The Cowboys don’t believe safety is as much a need as everyone says.

“We obviously feel a little bit better about our safeties than maybe some of our critics in the media,” Jones said on a conference call with season ticket holders.

Jones said a depth chart featuring 2013 third-round pick J.J. Wilcox and 2012 fourth-round pick Matt Johnson along with veteran Barry Church is better than people realize.

“I’d start with J.J. Wilcox,” Jones said. “He was really having a tremendous training camp and he had a real tragedy in his life when he lost his mother. We were naming him the starter that day, and then he had to leave camp, rightfully so, to be with his family. . . . We think J.J., working with him in the offseason, has it all back together again and we think he’s going to seize the opportunity.”

“Matt Johnson has real injuries, but they’re more unfortunate than chronic,” Jones continued. “This is probably the year for him to really have it all come together. . . . Church is the leader of that group and we have young guys in [Jakar Hamilton] and some guys like that we think can step up for us.”

Jones also said seventh-round safety Ahmad Dixon was a great value.

“We were also really pleased with Ahmad Dixon,” he said. “He’s almost a cinch to make our team because our special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia, was so fired up about him.”

So no matter what the media say, Jones feels just fine about his safeties.

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  1. johnsfsnl says: May 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    Calvin Pryor should’ve been the guy in Round 1. NO one fears ANYONE on that Cowboys D.

  2. alshonbrandontandem says: May 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    Didn’t address the QB situation either. Long yr for the Cowboys this season.

  3. joetoronto says: May 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    Stephen lives in a dream world, along with his dad.

    It’s very nice there, much nicer than reality.

  4. gadzod says: May 14, 2014 12:35 PM

    Except for the fact that they had one of the worst pass defenses in NFL HISTORY.

  5. whatjusthapped says: May 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    In other words, they got nobody.

  6. dkkarthik says: May 14, 2014 12:37 PM

    What did you expect him to say? We hate our safeties, and had no clue during the draft? Realistically, I don’t see their defense getting any better from last year though.

  7. ariani1985 says: May 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    Only green bay has a worse safety combo than you!

  8. daysend564 says: May 14, 2014 12:40 PM

    NO Stephen, no they are not.

    The safeties are WORSE than you think.

  9. tinopuno says: May 14, 2014 12:40 PM

    Baseless optimism bordering on delusional thinking are apparently inherited traits.

  10. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 14, 2014 12:40 PM

    I usually don’t give too much credit to statements like this from executives. But Stephen Jones has worked so hard to get where he is that it is hard not to believe that what he says is the honest truth.

  11. cueghost says: May 14, 2014 12:43 PM

    What a tool!

  12. nfl4dummies says: May 14, 2014 12:53 PM

    Jones says their safeties are good enough. Stats say he’s delusional. BUT that pic of Dr. Evil says “One Millllion Dollars.”

  13. trollaikman8 says: May 14, 2014 12:55 PM

    How many other team owner/GM say this about a lowly 7th round pick:

    “He’s almost a cinch to make the team”


  14. ghost26 says: May 14, 2014 12:55 PM

    Who cares about your Safeties??? Your team’s entire Defense sucked last year & that was w/ DeMarcus Ware & Jason Hatcher. Cowboys are going nowhere AGAIN.

  15. boltjolt says: May 14, 2014 12:56 PM

    One thing thats nice about the Cowboys is as long as the Jonse’s are in charge there, the Cowboys will never be a real threat to do anything but come close and yet again fail. Having Jerrah showing his Sons how it is done is a laugher that should hold them down for YEARS to come,lol.

  16. usmutts says: May 14, 2014 12:57 PM

    I usually don’t give too much credit to statements like this from executives. But Stephen Jones has worked so hard to get where he is that it is hard not to believe that what he says is the honest truth.

    Self made! Pulled himself up by his own bootstraps!
    Nobody has ever handed him a thing! Rose up through the ranks! Started off as nothing but an eyeglasses cleaner!

  17. olewize1 says: May 14, 2014 12:58 PM

    Their defense was really really bad last yr, but they did get alot more turnovers than previous yrs.. so hopefully we still have that going for us.. but yeah jj and company have no clue how to draft defensive backs, they draft good wr and linemen but they cant draft corners or safetys if their lives depended on it..

  18. ghost26 says: May 14, 2014 12:58 PM

    Stephen Jones knows about as much as his father does about player personnel.

  19. dalfanforever says: May 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    No they’re not.

  20. citizenstrange says: May 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    Kind of like the Steelers and cornerbacks. We’ll see.

  21. politicallyincorrect says: May 14, 2014 1:06 PM

    LOL at this useless punk

  22. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: May 14, 2014 1:06 PM

    Barry Church is not bad, really, but unfortunately, the rest of the safeties are early development projects. Who know if they will figure things out and if they do if they will all be effective at the same time.

  23. 700levelvet says: May 14, 2014 1:10 PM

    The . “Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  24. taosravenfan says: May 14, 2014 1:11 PM

    Like father like son

  25. r8rsfan says: May 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    This guy is the poster boy for the American Dream – from eyeglass polisher to NFL Executive in only a couple of seasons!
    Where do I sign up for that program?

  26. chawkup says: May 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    “Oh crap, daddy, we forgot to draft a safety”

  27. granadafan says: May 14, 2014 1:34 PM

    Stephen Jones’ qualifications? He shares the same DNA as the Cowboys’ owner/GM. The rest of the league thanks you.

  28. ptowens86 says: May 14, 2014 1:41 PM

    Wilcox and church will be fine. Let’s just see what happens with Marinelli running the defense this year.

  29. scrotiemcb says: May 14, 2014 1:45 PM

    I’ve never even thought about how bad the Dallas safeties might or might not be.

    I tend to stay hung up on that bumbling front office…

  30. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 14, 2014 1:54 PM

    They had too many holes to fill them all in the draft. They would have needed 11 first round picks to fix that defense.

  31. cueghost says: May 14, 2014 1:57 PM

    The biggest problem in Dallas is Jason Garrett and the coaching staff… The Cowboys have some talent, just NO COACHING! I think maybe Marinelli might just be the right guy to coach em up and get that defense playing as a team, but time will tell.

  32. youngs79 says: May 14, 2014 2:01 PM

    And he knows this because….his Dad owns the Footbal team?

  33. hamorgus says: May 14, 2014 2:03 PM

    I like how he didnt mention anything about Jeff Heath. He started half the season last year and was horrible. The biggest problem with the defense is the depth since the starters are too injury prone to stay on the field.

  34. redsoxu571 says: May 14, 2014 2:08 PM

    How to tell if you’re a troll:

    -You say Jones is wrong because the defense was horrible last year. The defense was terrible because the DL was riddled with injuries and had street FAs playing tons of reps. No pass rush = no pass defense. Even the best safeties would only make a dent (and these are not the best safeties). So that reflects very little on the safeties.

    -You say Jones is wrong because these safeties just stink, period. How do you know that? Church is still quite young and was solid last year. We knew Wilcox would be raw in year one, so only an utter idiot would pass judgement on him. Matt Johnson is a complete unknown. This could be a perfectly capable group, and we have no way of knowing…which was Jones’s point in the first place.

    You know why so many of you are so sure the Dallas safeties are terrible? For the same reason you think Tony Romo is garbage…because they wear a star on their helmets. Enjoy living life as people who willingly chose to believe things that aren’t true just because you can’t control your raging bias. It makes you simply an inferior human being.

  35. teal379 says: May 14, 2014 2:11 PM

    It’s almost as if he and Jerry are trying to become the modern day Buford T. Justice and Junior.

  36. myworldurjuslivinit says: May 14, 2014 2:18 PM

    Bashon the Jones’ all you want…they have 3 SB rings. How many SB rings does your GM have HATERS?

  37. jerruhjones says: May 14, 2014 2:20 PM

    Insanity – Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  38. floriosnuts says: May 14, 2014 2:26 PM

    Sure those safties are great. Just like your choke-artist QB. Not seeing the the ‘boys in the playoff this year or next.

  39. alongthegulf says: May 14, 2014 2:27 PM

    Let’s be realistic. For Jerry Jones it’s all about ‘the show’. Offense is the show for Jerry. Jerry thinks Cowboy fans will pack the stands as long as he puts on a good show. Defense doesn’t enter into Jerry way of thinking. He hasn’t successfully dealt with the safety in 4 years. He left the DL also sink into last years spectacle. I’m afraid this defense will not be any better. For Jerry and Stephen Jones, winning is not their ultimate goal, it’s all about ‘the show’, keeping butts in seats, and selling Cowboy merchandise!

  40. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 14, 2014 2:27 PM

    They are definitely better than Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson, even though they are corners.

    The Cowboy’s safeties should both be give larger contracts then those 2 big mouths….

  41. floriosnuts says: May 14, 2014 2:27 PM

    My GM has 5…3 with Pats and 2 with the Giants.

  42. hawkforlife says: May 14, 2014 2:28 PM

    Daddy is the king of over-hyping every Cowboy player.

    Sonny is just the opposite. Faint praise here; “We obviously feel a little bit better about our safeties than maybe some of our critics in the media,” Jones said

  43. mdd913 says: May 14, 2014 2:28 PM

    It’s a good thing they have Sean Lee, so that when he inevitably gets injured 18 times this season they can blame the problems with their defense on his absence. Nevermind the fact they suck pretty bad with him anyway.

  44. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 14, 2014 2:40 PM

    The Jones like to try to convince people that they are all good at safety when they are far from it.

    Church is a solid strong safety but they lack a good free safety that can cover. With all respect to the death in his family, Wilcox had only one year experience at the position at small Georgia Southern. He wasn’t ready for safety in the NFL and it had little to do with his family.

    Johnson is a bust that has been constantly injured.

    Dixon is a good hitter and plays like Church but doesn’t offer much in coverage.

  45. txrawdog says: May 14, 2014 2:45 PM

    Thank God they didn’t mention Heath in this article…Hands down the worst safety in this league. Go back and watch the Lions game can’t tackle, cover, or run.

  46. raymondtx says: May 14, 2014 2:46 PM

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it?

  47. txrawdog says: May 14, 2014 2:46 PM

    Cowboys had the worst defense in the league last year and after the players we lost and the players that came in, one could argue we are even worse this year.

  48. jkast808 says: May 14, 2014 2:58 PM

    All secondaries suck without a pass rush,so if that can get better so will the db’s and safties. You people love bashing the Boys,funny thing is 50% of the people bashing have a much crappier team,so what ever makes you feel good. And when they reach the top again all the fake fans (probably a lot of you posters) will be pole riding again! You know who you are clowns! #howboutdemcowboys!

  49. harveyredman says: May 14, 2014 3:04 PM

    Since Stephen Smith has a long, rich football history and uncanny knowledge about the game – based on his years of playing and coaching then what he says goes.

    Or, maybe his only experience with the game is a rich dad and he knows butkus about anything other than being born on third base…

  50. txrawdog says: May 14, 2014 3:08 PM

    Heres the player the cowboys could have gotten through 3 rounds:

    1. Clinton Dix / CJ Mosley (Replace either Bruce Carter or JJ Wilcox)
    2. Jernigan / Ealy (Starting DE or DT)
    3. Crichton / Sutton (Starting DE or DT, take the opposite of what you took in 2nd Round)

  51. shatho1 says: May 14, 2014 3:14 PM

    no one knows how good any of their teams are going to be this season because the season hasn’t started yet so why don’t all the haters just go read about your own teams that suck also. and for people that say “the most mediocre franchise in sports” all the time are way less than mediocre themselves so find something not so predictable for a change

  52. SparkyGump says: May 14, 2014 3:22 PM

    As long as Cowboys fans keep eating up this garbage, Jerry and son will keep serving it up to y’all! They’ve got a stadium to fill, you know.

  53. h2ftw says: May 14, 2014 3:24 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan, but color me skeptical.

    Seeing is believing — and Wilcox didn’t show much last season.

    Heath sucked.

    Hamilton didn’t get much PT.

    And I’m sorry, but Johnson has yet to make it through a full training camp.

    Denial is kin to delusional, Stephen.

    Calvin or Haha should’ve been the pick at 16.


  54. politicallyincorrect says: May 14, 2014 3:33 PM

    Cowboys are a freak show..

    no real GM and no real HC… but they are popular

    long live the Jones boys… let perpetual mediocrity reign

  55. daysend564 says: May 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    Calvin Pryor + Kony Ealy + Trai Turner >>> Zack Martin + Demarcus Lawrence

    I do like Demarcus and think he’ll be better than Ealy, but also think they could have stayed firm and still got Lawrence. Turner isn’t nearly the drop off from Martin as Wilcox is from Pryor.

    Just a couple years ago, Wilcox was a WR in a DII school. If he needs to learn the position, make him a backup until he learns it. Until then, the defensive QB of a Marinelli/Kiffin is manned by someone that doesn’t know what he’s doing. Yeah, the defense is going to suffer.

  56. ugadogs21 says: May 14, 2014 3:43 PM

    Sign Kerry Rhodes!

  57. timebandit24 says: May 14, 2014 3:50 PM

    You folks that blame that defense last year should learn a thing or two about football. The horrid call to switch to a dinosaur and his failure of a scheme ranked up with the injuries they fought all year long. Not to say that personnel didn’t have something to do with it, but it’s far more concerning that a terrible scheme was put in place and then defended.

  58. iamdinguskhan says: May 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    Nice to see The Cowboys will be in good hands after Jerry….LOL!!!! Poor Dallas fans their team is stuck on stupid.

  59. axespray says: May 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    When Matt Flynn lights you up, you’ve got safety problems.

  60. jrcowboy49 says: May 14, 2014 7:12 PM

    Jerrah still proved his stupidity by moving up in the 2nd round to draft Demarcus Lawrence and give up their 3 rd pick! Had they stayed where there were they most likely could have drafted Lawrence or Kony Ealy who was still there and would have been fine. Giving up that 3rd though was critical and explains why Dallas will not see another Super Bowl under this idiot GM!

  61. bighomiemathews24 says: May 14, 2014 8:26 PM

    And that’s why your team will never improve from 8-8 every year

  62. bighomiemathews24 says: May 14, 2014 8:31 PM

    The cowboys will go 14 and 2 and win the super bowl said no one ever

  63. simonator917 says: May 15, 2014 4:23 PM

    I usually don’t give too much credit to statements like this from executives. But Stephen Jones has worked so hard to get where he is that it is hard not to believe that what he says is the honest truth.
    Good one! I wish I’d said that!

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