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Jerry Jones reverses field, says it was hard to pass on Johnny Manziel

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In the months leading up to, and the weeks after the NFL Draft, one of the primary conversations was the dream scenario linking of Johnny Manziel and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

And for all the downplaying of it afterward, it appears the Jones was rather torn as to whether he should draft Manziel to back up Tony Romo for the time being.

Via the Dallas Morning News, Jones admitted it was “hard” passing Manziel, while speaking at an event honoring former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles.

“Well, it was. Yes, it was,” Jones said. “First of all, I couldn’t believe he had fallen there. And secondly, we had spent a lot of time, I’d spent a lot of time. He’s the kind of player that can be that kind of difference-maker. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a successful player. We have in Romo what I consider to be the better quarterback. But there’s also the future, there’s also insurance if you don’t have him. If anybody could have adjusted to Manziel’s style, we could have because we’re a lot like that with Romo.”

That seems like a 180 from “That’s why we didn’t spend a lot of time considering Manziel,” or ““No, frankly that [picking Manziel] wasn’t even a thought.”

But given as many times as this story has changed, it will inevitably change again.

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41 Responses to “Jerry Jones reverses field, says it was hard to pass on Johnny Manziel”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 7, 2014 9:59 AM

    The world would of blown up if he took Manziel.

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 7, 2014 10:01 AM

    I guess Jerry’s now covered either way. If Manziel plays well, Jerry was hip. If Manziel flames out, Jerry was dialed in to that too.

    How’d this guy make a boatload of money selling streams of implausible b.s. that only someone really dumb or naive would believe? P.T. Barnum must have been right — about that sucker being born every minute, and you’ll never go broke betting against the intellect of the public.

    Like Jones, Barnum was flush with cash too.

  3. brandonj21 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:02 AM

    The real reason is that Tony Romo just got an extension and couldn’t afford for either one to be on the pine making big money.

  4. oldcracker says: Jun 7, 2014 10:08 AM

    Why would he need Manziel, he has We-done to back up Romo?

    I don’t think Jerruh remembers the draft….or even what he had for breakfast. Al Davis 2.0, only Al knew football.

  5. joemammy says: Jun 7, 2014 10:11 AM

    It will all be clear when Jerry remembers what he forgot to forget.

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 7, 2014 10:17 AM

    brandonj21 says:
    Jun 7, 2014 10:02 AM
    The real reason is that Tony Romo just got an extension and couldn’t afford for either one to be on the pine making big money.

    ____________________

    No more big money to draft picks after the rookie wage scale. The Jets had the 18th pick (Cowboys had the 16th) and signed Pryor to a 4 year deal for ~$8.5 million. Plenty of back up qbs in the league are making over $2.25 million a year.

  7. reporterofthetruth says: Jun 7, 2014 10:26 AM

    “I’ve reviewed my popularity ratings. Down, down, down.
    We shoulda drafted Johnny Football and I wanted to. This should help.”
    Jerry Jones

  8. gmen4trophies says: Jun 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    The bright side is that romo turns 35 next April, the downside is that as many others have posted going on the 2nd back operation its clearly the beginning of the career downside if you are lucky–unlucky being the back blows out in a couple of games. So if a qb you really likes inexplicably drops to your choice in Jerry’s own words–well you just have to be happier that Arkansas is playing at your stadium. I never thought I’d feel sorry for Dallas fans, but this is the straw that did it.

  9. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jun 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    “As owner, I really wanted to draft Manziel. But our GM screwed up and signed Romo to a ridiculous contract extension, so it really wasn’t possible anymore. Besides, Johnny Football might actually take the Cowboys to the playoffs in the coming years, and we’ve gotten quite accustomed to having our January and February off.”

  10. buckifan4life says: Jun 7, 2014 10:41 AM

    What’s clear is, you can’t trust anything that comes out of Jerry Jones’s mouth.

  11. awareness18 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:43 AM

    Thats not an about face. It’s candid remarks from the GM/Owner who doesn’t want to disrespect either player Martin/Manzell.

    I respect his position and as Cowboys fan for 40 years, I like the pick he made.

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 7, 2014 10:50 AM

    Manziel was the right pick there and I think Jerry realizes it. No one knows how much more they can get out of Romo after a second back surgery and it’s not like he has been great in the big games anyway.

    Their back up Orton isn’t showing up and they are left with Weeden after Romo. Weeden?

    No question the Browns came out better dropping Weeden and picking up Manziel.

  13. blindmansaidwhat says: Jun 7, 2014 10:59 AM

    I would laugh if Manziel turned into the best QB in the NFL…maybe it would convince Jerry Jones to get out of the way and hire a REAL GM. Cowboys haven’t been the same since Jimmy Johnson was running the show and the circus will only get worse the older Jerry gets

  14. 2manyconcussions says: Jun 7, 2014 11:03 AM

    I don’t think there is any inconsistency in his comments. Their situation didn’t allow the Cowboys to draft Manziel, but that doesn’t stop Jerry from recognizing that this young man was a very gifted player and would have fit nicely with his organization. Who, when faced with two good choices, doesn’t often wish he could have had both.

  15. 49erlegends says: Jun 7, 2014 11:17 AM

    It wouldn’t have hurt Dallas to take him. Romos won’t take Dallas n e where. See u chumps week 1

  16. abninf says: Jun 7, 2014 12:14 PM

    As a Dallas fan, knowing how horrible our D is, I still wish he had taken Manziel. Romo is getting old and after over a decade he has one playoff win. One.

  17. filmex2000 says: Jun 7, 2014 12:19 PM

    Stay in love with Romo, JJ.

    The rest of the league is counting on it.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2014 12:44 PM

    It’ll all be forgotten once Zach Martin Mania takes over in Dallas.

  19. bsandersislegend20 says: Jun 7, 2014 12:53 PM

    Johnny Manziel = Ryan Leaf 2.0

  20. tralfaz1127 says: Jun 7, 2014 12:53 PM

    Weeden will still be a better pro than Johnny Foosball, Clowns will ruin him too.

  21. fordmandalay says: Jun 7, 2014 1:05 PM

    Wow who would have ever guessed a Texas billionaire was a pathological liar here’s my shocked face; (O.O)

  22. ezwatcher says: Jun 7, 2014 1:23 PM

    some of you fail to see the strategy here,,,,

    manziel wanted to be a cowboy.. jones couldn’t pull the trigger NOW.. but in 4 years after the rookie contract is over, Romo is gone.. jerry has laid the groundwork to show manziel how much he wanted him. you know jerry can pay later on the second contract, manziel will play his rookie one out and come home.. genius..

  23. chargerdillon says: Jun 7, 2014 1:25 PM

    I wouldn’t be shocked in the near future if Jerry Jones tries to attone for this mistake by going out and giving away the farm in a trade to get Manziel.

    Jerry loves to fix mistakes by making bigger mistakes.

  24. hdl62 says: Jun 7, 2014 1:55 PM

    I have to say being a Cowboys fan..I went with take Johnny or leave him, but at the same time we needed help in other area’s..we all know Jones spent way to much money on his boy Romo…we also know he’s there until what ever happens so deal with it. All I want is for us to have a much better season that’s all I wish for…In the NFL you just never know anything can happen and anything is possible. Go Cowboys

  25. harrycanyon says: Jun 7, 2014 2:09 PM

    Roger should step aside and let Jerry take over as comish.
    Voice of reason!

  26. denverdude7 says: Jun 7, 2014 2:12 PM

    “Well, it was. Yes, it was,” Jones said. “First of all, I couldn’t believe he had fallen there. And secondly, we had spent a lot of time, I’d spent a lot of time. He’s the kind of player that can be that kind of difference-maker. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a successful player. – Jerry Jones

    *********************************************
    Well the above quote by Jerry Jones should settle any debates concerning Johnny Manziel… He’s destined for failure for sure.

  27. alongthegulf says: Jun 7, 2014 2:23 PM

    I highly surprised Jones didn’t take Manziel. Jones had him the highest rated on the Cowboys draft board.
    Jerry is still clueless. Jerry is a fowler, not an innovator. He see somebody do well in the playoffs and he tries to imitate the next year. Last year a smaller size QB in Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl. His ability to extend plays and his running ability kept Denver at bay. I’m sure not taking Manziel went against every grain in Jones make up!

  28. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 7, 2014 2:25 PM

    The Browns were so positive about Manziel, they passed over him TWICE.

  29. ballinmore says: Jun 7, 2014 2:34 PM

    Obvious fact that Sean Lee would still have a knee if he drafted Manziel.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2014 2:42 PM

    Cowboys didn’t want to deprive their fans of the thrill of watching Zach Martin execute a series seemingly impossible zone blocks and last minute game winning standoffs with defensive tackles.

  31. brandonj21 says: Jun 7, 2014 3:28 PM

    brandonj21 says:
    Jun 7, 2014 10:02 AM
    The real reason is that Tony Romo just got an extension and couldn’t afford for either one to be on the pine making big money.

    ____________________

    No more big money to draft picks after the rookie wage scale. The Jets had the 18th pick (Cowboys had the 16th) and signed Pryor to a 4 year deal for ~$8.5 million. Plenty of back up qbs in the league are making over $2.25 million a year.
    ____________________
    True , but the Cowboys are in no position to be burning 1st round picks on backup players , regardless what they making. First round picks are for immediate starters and as long as Romo making big money and healthy , he will be under center.

  32. iwearshoesinhentucky says: Jun 7, 2014 3:30 PM

    Next week Jerry Jones will reverse himself again, this is just an attempt to keep his name and the Cowboys in the news for another day.

  33. jlbutler66 says: Jun 7, 2014 4:56 PM

    That’s the price he is paying for years of bad decisions. Many needs not many dollars. It must be painful for a man with his ego. Any one surprised he found it hard to pass on “Johnny Football?” Perfect guy for Jerry’s marketing style not to mention the future of his team which includes having to deal with a beat up starting quarter back that odds are is not likely to last the season.

  34. whatwhat14 says: Jun 7, 2014 6:44 PM

    Never Thought I’d say this but thank God for Mike Brown.

  35. shaddock44 says: Jun 7, 2014 7:14 PM

    Jerry Jones will go down as the 2nd worst owner of a professional franchise unless someone can catch him on tape while he is drunk-again.

  36. nofvcksgiven says: Jun 7, 2014 8:14 PM

    Johnny Football is going to burn Ol’ Jerry just like The Freak did over his career.

  37. nyneal says: Jun 7, 2014 8:29 PM

    Too bad Jones didn’t draft Manziel. He could have taken him to the plastic surgeon he went to work on Manziel’s Alfred E. Neuman appearance……..
    Seriously — Who cares what Jones says and who cares about Manziel? Jones is an idiot and Manziel’s a backup QB who will prove to be a bust if and when he does a get a shot to start.

  38. uglydingo says: Jun 7, 2014 8:50 PM

    Jerry will live to regret not drafting John Football Manziel. At 35, Tony Romo is nearing the end of his career. It could have been a perfect transition to a Texas A & M hero.
    Jerry’s business instincts told him to take Manziel but he went conservative and tried to be sensible by drafting a high character O-lineman.
    Should have followed your instincts.

  39. Robert says: Jun 7, 2014 9:27 PM

    Owner Jones should remember what happened with Bo Jackson.

    He still may have a shot at JM.

  40. simonator917 says: Jun 7, 2014 10:29 PM

    I’m not not a Cowboys fan, but in this case owner and player seemed PERFECT for each other. I was hoping he’d draft JF just for the sheer theatre.

  41. bugsauntiep says: Jun 8, 2014 7:42 PM

    I wonder if some of you people ACTUALLY watch football. The most stupid thing Jerry Jones could possibly have done is NOT pick up Johnny Mansiel. With Romo’s back problems, he’ ll be lucky to make it through 1 more season and in 4 years, Manziels contract will be worth 5 times what it is now.

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