JERRY JONES GIVES "TONGUE LASHING" TO TEAM

After Sunday’s 34-14 loss to the Rams, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave his team a “tongue lashing,” according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
That said, Jones says that coach Wade Phillips is safe.
Jones had questions about intensity and effort levels, which Werder interprets as a belief by Jones that the team quit.
Apparently, the Cowboys thought they would just show up and beat the Rams, even though the Rams showed up (Emmitt asks, “Isn’t it shew up?”) and beat the Redskins a week before.
“I actually had a bad case of taking it for granted that we were going to do better than this,” Jones said after the game.  “And you can’t do that.”
In our view, it all goes back to accountability.  As noted a couple of weeks ago, the players don’t fear Phillips. 
Under Bill Parcells, the Cowboys dreaded film session after a loss (and they probably were still tentative to attend even after a win).  Under Phillips, they simply aren’t afraid of it
Our take?  That 13-3 record from a year ago in Phillips’ first season was aided by the fumes of the Tuna, and by a desire by the players to show Parcells they could excel without their uncompromising taskmaster.  Nearly two years after Parcells’ departure, the motivation isn’t there — and Phillips isn’t able to provide enough of it on his own.
UPDATE:  A commenter has pointed out a separate postgame quote from Jones, but we can’t tell whether Jones is referring to something bad, or something good.  “I’ve had all the fire knocked out of my butt tonight,” he said.

51 responses to “JERRY JONES GIVES "TONGUE LASHING" TO TEAM

  1. Vox also uses his tongue on the Cowboys but it is to lick-out their orifices upon request.
    Is this shaping up to be a great season or what?

  2. All of yesterdays late games, including last nights game, the underdog beat the spread in all of them. No losses, no pushes. They all beat the spread.
    As for the Jerry Jones tongue lashing, the person he needs to give the lashing to is the one that he sees in the mirror. The Cowboys needed help in just about every other position. The last thing they needed at the trading deadline was another receiver.
    Also, the mere fact that Jerry is on the sidelines is enough to undermine any head coach that he has. They neede to just dump the facade and make Jerry Jones the head coach. Then when he falls on his purdy face and embarrasses himself, maybe, just maybe, he will understand how much of a distraction he is.

  3. I guess we’ll be hearing from TO next, and i wonder how it will sound when phillips yells “playoffs?..playoffs”

  4. Warm up those “most talented team” posts for next season, Cowboys fans. Or preseason, at least. It’s like saying you have a great fantasy football team “on paper” which never wins… you don’t deliver, so no one cares. Wait, the Lions care — they just got your Top 15 pick.

  5. Gotta love them cowgirls
    Maybe Jerry Jones can get OJ to add to his freak show
    Wade is going to need waders to walk around the locker room with all the BS that flows outa that bunch of freaks

  6. Wade couldn’t win with Elway. He is a total loser. Glad the Boys are imploding–T.O. strikes again.

  7. Are we still talking about the Cowboys????? What will it be this week about these bums that get them so much attention. FYI THE RAMS ARE NOT THAT BAD JERRY JONES!!

  8. I TOTALLY agree with the final two sentences. Perfectly stated.
    I was just thinking that while watching Wade Phillips’ post-game interview.

  9. I love all the comments from the “armchair experts”. Wow, all of you are geniuses. You should probably be GM’s or head coaches by now. It’s easy being a bandwagon hate expert, isn’t it?
    Yeah, Dallas isn’t having a good year. It’s easy to say that in retrospect, especially after a rash of injuries. To say they aren’t talented now is just ridiculous and completely ignorant. Where were all these posts during the pre season, or during weeks one and two?
    But as Jawad said, they aren’t producing, so the amount of talent is truly immaterial. That I happen to agree with.
    Reluctantly, I also agree with Florio’s point. In the words of Tommy Lee Jones, discipline has gone right out the window.
    I don’t agree with the comments suggesting that Dallas needed help at defense. This is the same squad (minus J Reeves and one or two backups) as last year that was a pretty good D. The differences this year are injuries (Newman, Spencer, R.Williams the DB), suspension (do I need to even mention the douchebag’s name?), and that for what ever reason the D-coordiantor is reluctant (even before the injuries) to be aggressive. So essentially, it doesn’t appear to be a problem with personnel on defense, but an issue with the defensive coordinator.
    With players like Henry, Newman, and Hamlin in the secondary, there was no reason to be playing as much zone as Dallas does. Now that they’re injured, they don’t really have the personnel to do it any more, but they might actually *have* to.
    Not to be a pot calling the kettle black, I don’t have all the answers…if I had any real knowledge about what was going on, I’d be stumping for a job in the league. But at least I’m not one of the haters jumping on talking about how bad the Cowboys suck like this was actually a fresh idea.

  10. well grulks, not only do you not have “all the answers” you don’t have any answers. 7 paragraphs of verbal feces.

  11. SAT time. Pete Carroll is to following Bill Parcells as Wade Phillips is to following Bill Parcells. Both are mamby pampy pussies who believed the players could man up on thier own without the big bad task master poking them. If given two choices between the easy way and the hard way, these players will always take the easy way out. Parcells would allow the easy way/bad choice to be an option. JJ’s ego forced him to get rid of Tuna too early so he could take the credit.

  12. It all starts at the top.
    Unitl the Cowboys get rid of their country bumpkin, cheerleader of a head coach they have no shot!

  13. vasportsfan71 says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 7:50 am
    Are we still talking about the Cowboys????? What will it be this week about these bums that get them so much attention. FYI THE RAMS ARE NOT THAT BAD JERRY JONES!!
    You’re correct vasportsfan71, give the Rams some respect – they had quit on Linehan, the Haslett change has proved to be fruitful.
    The Cowboys could learn a lesson from them – they need a head coach not an overweight cheerleader who shows way too much emotion (not in a good way) on the sideline.

  14. Could it be possible that there are fundamentally sound reasons that Wade Phillips has NEVER coached any of his teams to a playoff win?

  15. Since when is a tongue-lashing a new development. Jerry Jones keeps his tongue firmly in the bungholes of his players at all times.

  16. Coaches coach, players play. These are grown men we’re talking about. Somebody needs to knock all the homosexual imagery out of some of these commentors’ minds. Why is it always the guys whose favorite teams wear green?
    But seriously Florio, you think it’s because they don’t fear film sessions? How about getting a credible backup QB? Johnson was terrible, I’m not sure if he ever threw the ball to an open guy.

  17. Jerry Jones has to be kicking himself for not making a play for Ocho Cinco right after they got Roy Williams II. They would’ve been unstoppable!!!!!! Instant Superbowl, I tell ya! What the heck are the Cowboys going to do??? The trade deadline is over… Whaaaaaah…….
    Åfter the last game, even if a meltdown by T.O. doesn’t happen publicly, the game losses, the signing of Roy Williams II along with his contract, and the lack of T.O. balls, have got to be tearing him up on the inside. Just the possibility of a T.O. explosion is entertaining, and the media exploitation of that possibility, is probably enough to throw his game off by a decent chunk. Whaaaaaah…….

  18. Grulks – the reason people pile on the Cowboys is the endless kiss ass session that the media gives them every pre-season and, for the most part, the league’s most arrogant fans. All we ever hear is how “great” the Cowboys are, how “stacked” they are at every position, yet it has been well over a decade since they won ONE playoff game. How many Cowboys routinely make the trip to the Pro Bowl, not because they deserve it, but because they are Cowboys? I believe 13 players for the Cowboys went last year and only one from the Super Bowl Champion Giants. Sorry, but that doesn’t add up. A team with 13 REAL Pro Bowlers should have crushed the team with only one in the playoffs. After all, it’s practically an All Star team. But it didn’t happen, did it? No one was saying the Titans were a top flight team filled with talent, but they are undefeated and the Cowboys, obviously, are not. Fans of other teams pour it on because we are all tired of the endless hype given to a team of perennial underachievers. They are not “America’s team”, they are Dallas’. They haven’t accomplished anything in over a decade. Will they win it all someday? I’m sure they will. It still could happen this year. In the meantime, a little humility might be in order.

  19. Grulks, what game were YOU watching? The Rams went through your D like a hot knife through butter, and you don’t think you need help there?
    And as for Smiley, I wouldn’t be all proud and happy about the Redskins – they tried real hard to give that game away – to the stinkin’ Browns.

  20. Until someone is held accountable for their poor performance, the poor performances will continue.
    This organization has no toughness in it, it seems. Jerry Jones is resilient (as he’ll tell you) but are the people he’s hired to manage his stable capable of lighting a fire under the team’s ass?
    We’ll see.

  21. MikeInSouthie, you beat me to it. This is Pete Carroll and the Patriots after Parcells left all over again.

  22. “I’ve had all the fire knocked out of my butt tonight,” he said.
    Sounds like that industrial strength Preparation H is working for the walking talking hemorrhoid.

  23. cowboys have a long history of folding without their “best player”.
    they arent tough. all glitz and glitter.
    and if the playoffs started today, thr dallas cowboys would be out golfing.

  24. Word is Vox Veritas had something knocked out of his butt too after the game.
    Only it wasn’t fire.

  25. Last time I checked Brad Johnson doesn’t play D. But he did expose the OL for the what they are. Better run blockers than pass protecters. He can’t move around in the pocket like Romo does. He can’t check off like Romo does. What I don’t get is why they have stopped running the ball? 18 carries for Barber is unacceptable. Jerry Jones needs to tongue lash himself for giving out a big contract to his OC. One in which undermines to authority of the head coach. Personally I love to see this. Wade Philips is a horrible coach. When he’s fired it could be the best thing that happens for Dallas.

  26. “Urinal Mint says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 9:32 am
    Until someone is held accountable for their poor performance, the poor performances will continue.
    This organization has no toughness in it, it seems. Jerry Jones is resilient (as he’ll tell you) but are the people he’s hired to manage his stable capable of lighting a fire under the team’s ass?
    We’ll see. ”
    =========
    It doesn’t matter. Jerry Jones is the one that runs the show. The buck stops with him. Do you think that he would give any coach free reign to go off on the team? Do you think he would allow any coach to reprimand any player? I don’t.

  27. Vox Veritas says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 9:18 am
    Coaches coach, players play. These are grown men we’re talking about.
    You’re correct but teams also need coaches and players that lead where the head coach is the leader of everyone – the owner shouldn’t be the one leading in the locker room…

  28. Vox says: But seriously Florio, you think it’s because they don’t fear film sessions? How about getting a credible backup QB? Johnson was terrible, I’m not sure if he ever threw the ball to an open guy.
    Yes, It’s Johnson’s fault that the defense got the stuffing knocked out of them by Jackson to the tune of 160 yds and 3 touchdowns!!!
    Keep in mind, this is a team that had 13 pro bowlers, clearly showing that the pro bowl is a popularity contest and nothing more!
    And that offensive line that you bragged so much about earlier in the season, Vox, is looking like swiss cheese!!!!

  29. “7 paragraphs of verbal feces.”
    That’s better than 7 paragraphs of misinformation because you’re too lazy to check the facts, wince.

  30. “and if the playoffs started today, thr dallas cowboys would be out golfing. ”
    If your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle.
    “Word is Vox Veritas had something knocked out of his butt too after the game. Only it wasn’t fire.”
    It was your sister’s tongue.

  31. “You’re correct but teams also need coaches and players that lead where the head coach is the leader of everyone – the owner shouldn’t be the one leading in the locker room… ”
    We’re not talking high school, here. You get leadership where you find it. Hopefully you find it at all levels. Jerry Jones is a leader. Wade Phillips is a leader. You may not agree with their styles of leadership, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are leaders. Leadership is more than getting in someone’s face. Leadership is more than calling some guy out in a film session. It goes much deeper than that. Every successful team in the history of organized sports owes part of it’s success to the level of commitment that the players have to each other.
    East96st brought up a good point. The Cowboys had 13 Pro Bowlers last year, the Giants had one. To tell you the truth, I’m not gonna argue those numbers because as far as I’m concerned, they realistically reflect the talent gap between the two teams. Combine the rosters under a neutral coach and with everything else equal, Cowboys players are going to make up most of the starting lineup of that team.
    Only everything else can never be equal. I’m not gonna go Al Bundy on you but I’ve seen championship teams as a player in two sports and a coach in one and I can tell you that leadership only works from the ground up. It begins and ends with the players’ commitment to each other. Very few players are gonna put the hammer down just for a coach. Coaches strategize. Very few coaches are capable of motivating a team on their own. Parcells may have been the last guy that could motivate from the top down but looks like he’s lost that, too. You play hard and you execute because you don’t want to let the guy next to you down, and you know he’d never let you down. Coaches (and owners) do what they can to put you in what they think is the best position to be able to do that effectively and that’s about it.
    The Cowboys are a team with very little, if any, player leadership. I don’t know if it’s because of lack of player leadership or a general unwillingness to be led. They have no accountability with each other. No commitment. Lots of talented individuals that as of yet have not gotten to that level. Chemistry is for shit, but that’s not to say that they don’t get along. They get along fine. Just a happy group of coworkers. What they don’t do is come together and fight for each other when they really need to.
    That’s what the Giants did last year. That’s why a team with 13 pro bowlers can get beaten at home by a team with only one. Coughlin was as lame as any lame duck has ever been going into last season. The situation was so bad that he very desperately changed his coaching style. That’s not what put the Giants over the top! Coughlin’s a JAG coach, c’mon! They went to the Super Bowl and beat the heavily favored bad guys because of the players’ ability to come together when it counted. And they beat the team that beat them twice by double digits in the regular season on the way.
    I’m waiting on the locker room to step up.

  32. speaking of checking the facts assclown, i mean box, “elway didn’t win till davis …” really hmmm so who got them to the superbowl??? at least elway won some playoff games, actually quite a few, compared to romo????

  33. “Our take? That 13-3 record from a year ago in Phillips’ first season was aided by the fumes of the Tuna, and by a desire by the players to show Parcells they could excel without their uncompromising taskmaster. Nearly two years after Parcells’ departure, the motivation isn’t there — and Phillips isn’t able to provide enough of it on his own.”
    Bingo. As I have been saying since before the season started Phillips is a joke. Vox can try to put whatever spin he wants on this, the truth is this team is at best a wild card team, their chance for a Lombardi trophy evaporated last season when they were outplayed and outcoached by the NY Giants. Tom Coughlin was a Jags coach first, Vox is right there. He also took an expansion team to an AFC championship in his second season as head coach. He has an 8-6 record in the playoffs and is respected and feared by his players (with the possible exception of Plax). Wade Phillips is a dismal 0-4 in the playoffs. Parcells was the Cowboys last chance to push for a playoff win this decade. But even a hall of fame coach can’t be super effective when your owner is a meglomaniac who forces players on to your team who are proven locker room cancers. The rebuilding starts this season, and my guess is that Jason Garrett will not have a much easier time of it.

  34. This reminds me of when Jimmy Johnson was replaced by Barry “I haven’t got a clue” Switzer.
    No accountability, no fire under their asses. The dynasty was crumbling.
    Ok, sue me, I just finished reading “Boys will be Boys”
    Good book btw.

  35. JimmySmith says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 7:11 am
    Vox also uses his tongue on the Cowboys but it is to lick-out their orifices upon request.
    Is this shaping up to be a great season or what?
    HAHAHAHAHA…Jimmy Smith you crazy SOB…Great Post!

  36. tiktokdok says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 7:12 am
    The only difference between Jerry Jones and Al Davis is the jump suit.
    …And a strong resemblance to the Crypt-Keeper…

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