Jerry Jones says coaches lobbied to hang onto Rolando McClain

AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted earlier this week that finances played a part in their decision to keep suspended linebacker Rolando McClain.

But in a turn from previous reports that coaches were tired to the sometimes-there, sometimes-not linebacker, Jones said that his coaches supported the move.

During an interview with 105.3 The Fan (via the Dallas Morning News), Jones said he wasn’t the only one in favor of keeping McClain despite his 10-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

“Everybody lobbied to have McClain on the team. Every coach that’s associated with the team lobbied for that,” Jones said. “To be fair to everybody concerned, we didn’t know that he was going to get suspended. But his issues were potentially recognized, maybe not to the extent that he would lose the games that he got in this suspension.

“But make no mistake about it: With all of his warts, he still considered a potential asset for the team by the coaches.”

That flies in the face of reports that coaches were sick of McClain, who didn’t show for voluntary OTAs. But it also wouldn’t be the first time Jones has disregarded the displeasure of his coaches on personnel matters, so it’s not surprising that he would assume his feelings were their own.

25 responses to “Jerry Jones says coaches lobbied to hang onto Rolando McClain

  1. “But make no mistake about it: With all of his warts, he still considered a potential asset for the team by the coaches.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

    Pathetically desperate.

  2. Reality is only a concept when you’re on your second bottle of Johnny Walker Blue of the day….

  3. As a lifelong Cowboys fan I’ve learned one thing about Jerry since he took over. To paraphrase my Dad, “Jerry would lie when the truth would fit a lot better.” He’s been this way since day one and it will never change.

  4. I know Garrett was reported being upset about McClain not being at OTA’s, but I can see positional coaches wanting him there due to his natural ability when he is on the field…

  5. The Cowboys have been the Cleveland Browns of the NFC ever since Jerrah bought the team and jimmy Johnson left. The Cowboys will remain the Browns of the NFC at least until Jerrah shuffles off this mortal coil

  6. Of course the coaches, er, Jerrah wants him there. He’s displaying all the signs of leadership.

  7. Like a politician, Jerrah thinks that everyone believes everything he says to be the truth. I miss the days when the only people who knew the owners of a NFL team were their own local fans.

  8. “Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted earlier this week that finances played a part in their decision to keep suspended linebacker Rolando McClain”

    It good to know how high they merit character as well.
    #sarcasm

  9. “The Cowboys have been the Cleveland Browns of the NFC ever since Jerrah bought the team and jimmy Johnson left. The Cowboys will remain the Browns of the NFC at least until Jerrah shuffles off this mortal coil”

    Jerry bought the Cowboys in 1989. The team hasn’t been the same since JJ left.

  10. Sorry but Jerry must be referring to a couple of seasons ago.
    However, his response does touch on the problem.. Jerry does seek
    input from position coaches on whether the coach can handle a
    problem player. Of course the coach often or almost always answers that he can.
    Jason Garrett or the head coach is really not consulted. This creates
    problems. The wrong type of player realizes he is empowered and can abuse the power. I would believe a head coach like Garrett is telling his
    asst, coaches to stop,telling Jerry they can handle these guys.
    After Hardy last year I would believe Garrett is furious.
    As to McLain ..he needs to go …just look at his pictures at OTA …what’s he weigh …around a robust 290 ? He is garbage, an empowered bad guy who has acted like an entitled player his whole career. Not the guy you want around young players in the locker room.

  11. “September 11, 2016 4:25 PM, the Cowboys – Giants game begins.

    September 11, 2016 5:25 PM, Romo injured and out for the season”

    Remind me how the Giants did last year? They couldn’t even win the division with Romo missing nearly the entire year and Chip running the show in Phily.

  12. Or another translation: “Shut up, Ginger Boy! I’m the ONLY one allowed to have an opinion around here!”

    As a Raider fan, I can sympathize with frustrated Cowboys fans whose owner thinks the team is just an extension of himself. The Raiders are just now finally emerging from the ditch Al drove them in to. Based on that, you got MANY years of suffering left, Cowboys fans… But at least they play in a modern, beautiful stadium while the Oakland Coliseum is a dump.

  13. Cowboy Leaders like McCplay by a different set of rules than the rest of the team.
    Leaders like McClain know they can behave any way they please and Jerry will always give them a soft place to land whether it hurts the team or not.
    The Cowboys organization is the definition of an ‘enabler’ for guys like McClain, Hardy, Gregory etc.
    The Org’s management is hopelessly broken, starting at the top.
    Too bad for the players who actually have integrity and want to win and play for a team with standards of true professionalism.

  14. Add Rolando McLain to the Cowboy’s song “But when McLain comes back…”
    That list has to be up to 20 players..

  15. Jerry represents everything wrong with big time sports. He has absolutely zero morals and will break any and all rules to win and/ or make a buck. He’s a meddlesome owner who controls football decisions or what his staff can say. Al Davis is proud of his protegee.

  16. I’m sure it’s a little of both. Coaches are tired of his attitude but probably lobbied to keep him. I don’t think it’s worth keeping him for the last six games but they obviously know better.

  17. Looks like the Ravens came out ahead here.

    Cowboys swapped a 6th for McClain and a 7th (they waived the player with this pick during camp).

    The Ravens used the pick on TE Darren Waller.

    McClain is suspended for 10 games this season while Waller is only suspended for 4. That is +6 games for the Ravens.

    Woo hoo?

  18. Hate the Cowboys and the Redskins. So glad they have the owners they do. I hope they live forever. Actually Snyder seems to gaining a little sense after the RGIII mess he created.

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