Stephen Jones: Greg Hardy experiment didn’t work out, we moved on

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Cowboys Executive V.P. Stephen Jones says the way the team looks at Greg Hardy is simple: The team took a chance on a talented player last year, he didn’t perform up to expectations, and now they’ve moved on.

Asked today on PFT Live if there is any way the Cowboys would consider bringing Hardy back, Jones shut the door on it.

“I don’t see that happening. We certainly had that experiment, and unfortunately it didn’t work out,” Jones said. “We’ve moved on and we think we’ve got some good football players on our defensive line that should only get better. They’re young. I’m certainly not naive, I know we don’t have proven production on that defensive line as we sit here today, but I do think we have some good athletes that are only going to get better.”

Hardy is undeniably talented, but the ugly domestic violence accusations leveled against him — and the way he has come across as less than remorseful in discussing those allegations — may make it hard for any team to justify signing him.

Jones did say the Cowboys would be open to adding a veteran to their defensive line.

“We’ll certainly keep our eyes peeled to see if there’s anyone else who makes sense to add to that group,” Jones said.

But it won’t be Hardy.

22 responses to “Stephen Jones: Greg Hardy experiment didn’t work out, we moved on

  1. But, #leadership.

    Seems the kid is pushing the old man further out the door, which can only be good for the organization.

  2. Amazing this clown (Hardy) got a second chance, while Ray Rice didn’t. Rice was contrite, apologetic, and not to diminish what he did – but they were both staggering drunk. I think we’ve all done something remarkably bad & stupid when drunk. Hardy on the other hand was premeditated, callous, manipulative, and he has no remorse. Memo from NFL to 32 teams: If Ray Rice is still putting up 1400 yards per season one of you can sign him but we won’t be happy. Otherwise, he is blacklisted. Since Hardy is still an elite pass rusher feel free to sign him up, domestic violence be damned.

  3. “We tried the turd and he didn’t produce, or he’d still be here today.” Jones said.

  4. Win at all costs. Domestic violence is no problem for the league unless there is highly incriminating video or photos for the social media world to fixate on

  5. in this case talent does not trump the off field issues (and some on field) with Hardy, which is a shame because he got a true second chance with the cowboys and he blew it.

  6. Or instead of taking Elliott, you could have taken Ramsay and then Jack in the 2nd and your defense would be a ton better. But, hey, other NFC East teams have gotta be happy that Jerrah and Co. have a fantasy football mentality and pray nothing changes. Keep doing what y’all been doing for the last 20 years because it’s gotten you where you want to go.

  7. celticsforever says:
    Aug 17, 2016 10:14 AM
    Amazing this clown (Hardy) got a second chance, while Ray Rice didn’t. Rice was contrite, apologetic, and not to diminish what he did – but they were both staggering drunk. I think we’ve all done something remarkably bad & stupid when drunk. Hardy on the other hand was premeditated, callous, manipulative, and he has no remorse. Memo from NFL to 32 teams: If Ray Rice is still putting up 1400 yards per season one of you can sign him but we won’t be happy. Otherwise, he is blacklisted. Since Hardy is still an elite pass rusher feel free to sign him up, domestic violence be damned.

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    I find it amusing that a fan that supports cheating feels comfortable moralizing about anything. I guess hypocrites come from different cuts of cloth…..sad.

  8. The Cowboys don’t care about women or violence against women. They only care about who can help them win. The Dallas Cowboys are the Urban Meyer of the NFL. Zero morals.

  9. “Hardy is undeniably talented…”

    Seems like Jones is denying it a bit. The fact of the matter is if he produced 15+ sacks he could club baby seals as a hobby and he wouldn’t be out of work. In the words of a former HC, ‘If Jeffrey Dahlmer could run a 4.2 40 his penchant for devouring his victims would have been called an eating disorder.’

  10. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Aug 17, 2016 11:02 AM
    celticsforever says:
    Aug 17, 2016 10:14 AM
    Amazing this clown (Hardy) got a second chance, while Ray Rice didn’t. Rice was contrite, apologetic, and not to diminish what he did – but they were both staggering drunk. I think we’ve all done something remarkably bad & stupid when drunk. Hardy on the other hand was premeditated, callous, manipulative, and he has no remorse. Memo from NFL to 32 teams: If Ray Rice is still putting up 1400 yards per season one of you can sign him but we won’t be happy. Otherwise, he is blacklisted. Since Hardy is still an elite pass rusher feel free to sign him up, domestic violence be damned.
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    I find it amusing that a fan that supports cheating feels comfortable moralizing about anything. I guess hypocrites come from different cuts of cloth…..sad.
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    So what cheating did the Celtics do?

    You own comment is a bit presumptive and judgemental. Does Dallas need that kind of representation?

    I thought these were very reasonable words from Jones. They tried it and it didn’t work out. And that’s true, for all his talent and past greatness he wasn’t all that on the field last year. 2 sacks in his first quarter of football was certainly a nice start. But then the opponent made an adjustment and contained him the rest of the game. After that he had 3 sacks and 2 half sacks for the rest of the season. That’s not worth the money he was getting. Plus he was a problem in the locker room. And although there were no off field incidents his words and demeanor kept the team worrying about it. Who needs that? Certainly not the Cowboys. And also Jones is correct to point out that the team needs to start shifting focus to bringing up its young talent. They are likely to deliver more, or at least as much as Hardy, but for less cost and headache.

    BTW, Ray Rice was showing a decline before his incident. That is probably more of an obstacle to getting picked up again than the incident.

  11. If Hardy hadn’t been such a knucklehead in Dallas he might still have a job. I guess that’s what happens when you think the entire world revolves around yourself. Even after given a second chance, instead of realizing it might be his last chance, he continued to say and do dumb things, including the clipboard incident on the sidelines. He’s too dumb to play in the NFL anymore. I’m sure he (and his entourage) thinks he’s been unfairly treated. Maybe he was but the only person who mistreated him is the one staring at him in the mirror. His domestic violence conviction was bad enough (which was overturned on appeal after paying off the victim) but his actions after that show he’s just a total idiot who thinks he can do anything and the NFL will kiss his feet because he used to be a good player. He’s not worth the trouble anymore.

  12. Lots of comments that fail to address one major thing: His teammates did not like him, and I have yet to see one comment from a player saying how they wish he played for their team. He played overwieght last year, looked way slow, and his stats reflected it. Why would anyone want that in the locker room?

  13. Lot of people missing the point…yeah his production wasn’t great but he was def one of the best defensive players on the field last year….THE EXPERIMENT FAILED BC HE WAS AN ABSOLUTE LOCKER ROOM CANCER THAT TRIED FIGHTING COACHES AND PLAYERS

  14. I’m a Dallas lifer… Excuse the pun…. Does anyone think that Gregory’s and Lawrence’s suspensions might be because they were in the same position group… And hanging out with this guy in their free time? Because the team found out they were and Hardy was leading them down the wrong path obviously… Hardy isn’t in Dallas because of his negative influence on the younger players who may have looked up to him…. That is 100 % fact. And his attack on the coach on the sideline (slapping the clip board) garnered too much negative press and the coach was afraid of him.

  15. Any other SANE person would have realized they were on thin ice and getting a second chance and would have been more thankful to the team for the opportunity… Hardy came in with the “you owe me” attitude and completely sank the orginization and divided the LR….

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