Jerry Jones: “Zeke who?”

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After Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard had a solid outing in Saturday night’s preseason game, Jerry Jones suggested that Pollard might have made Ezekiel Elliott‘s attempt to get a new contract a little bit harder.

Asked about Elliott after the game, Jones said, “Zeke who?”

Jones then laughed and looked into a TV camera, saying directly to Elliott, “we’re having some fun, not at your expense.”

Jones added that Pollard still has a lot of work to do, specifically in pass protection, where he missed a blitz pickup that got quarterback Dak Prescott hit.

Still, Pollard, a fourth-round pick out of Memphis who also returns kickoffs, has impressed the Cowboys so far in camp. And he might just be the Week One starter, if the Cowboys and Elliott don’t come to terms on a new contract.

74 responses to “Jerry Jones: “Zeke who?”

  1. Please don’t fold, Zeke. They’ll absolutely pay you. They need you much much more than you need them. At first I wanted him to man up and play out his contract, but Jerry Jones is daring him publicly, almost daily, to continue the hold out and that he won’t be missed.

  2. Pull your offer. Tell him it goes down each week he is not in camp. When you are able to under CBA rules suspend him for the year and hold that contract over him for two more years. After all, every player can be replaced and passing offense looks better anyway. No one, Mr. Elliott,is bigger than the whole of the Cowboys. They have had your back. Your contract made you rich, unless you squandered it. Of course I am not the owner, but I spent my career with a major corporation with and around some superstars in my industry. Were they to have pulled your stunt for one day, they would have been terminated and the corporation would move along just fine. Believe me the Dallas Cowboys will surely survive without you. Do you make them better. Certainly. But the question also is, do the cowboys make you better.

  3. Jones is an exert at taking a bad situation and making it worse. Zeke knows the Cowboy plan is ro run him into the dirt and then get rid of him so he is smart at being proactive. Pay the man!!

  4. Zeke who? He’s the guy who covers up your team’s barely mediocre quarterback play and is the only way you’re making the playoffs.

  5. Wow what an arrogant owner.Messing around or not that’s not how you run a successful organization If they fail and that pompous attitude will come back and bite him.Pay Dak 35 million and Armani Copper 20 million let Elliott be traded and let’s see what happens to your team.

  6. The Cowboys should have a hot start in the 1st 3 games regardless of who is at RB as those 3 teams might all be in contention for the 1st overall pick. That complicates Zeke’s leverage because they really aren’t going to miss him until week 4.

  7. The NFL would be a much better league without low end (not talking about talent) people like Elliott…..

  8. Okay, hello JJ, reality check. You are aware that your running backs and the rest were playing against the second and third stringers of the Rams. You might want to wait until the regular season starts.

  9. A little used back at Memphis taken in the 4th round plays like that…forget Jason Garrett, Steven Jones, even Jerry…the guy who makes the Cowboys go is Will Mcclay best draft/talent evaluator in the business

  10. I once signed a contract for employment. I wonder what my employer would’ve done had I notified him I wanted a new contract or I wouldn’t report to work. Probably fired me on the spot or developed a hernia from laughing so hard.

    How on Earth do these athletes get away with reneging on a valid contract? Were I an NFL owner, there would be quite a few unemployed running backs.

  11. I don’t like Jones. But I love that he called Elliott’s bluff. There is a good chance Elliott plays elsewhere if/when he puts in a uniform again.

  12. I bet Pollard appreciates this opportunity, so much so he won’t allow himself to get in trouble every off season. Unlike Zeke.

  13. This isn’t funny. Why don’t they just let Pollard be their starting RB once the season starts and then they will find out what the rest of us already know that the Cowboys aren’t winning without Zeke

  14. It would be fun if Jerry pays Dak and Cooper 55-60M/year and lets his actual good football player walk.

  15. SteveQuinn19 says:
    August 18, 2019 at 8:54 am
    I once signed a contract for employment. I wonder what my employer would’ve done had I notified him I wanted a new contract or I wouldn’t report to work.
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    What if you had an elite skill set in a profession in which careers average about 3.5 years due to the grind and physical abuse you take daily. And everyone retires by around age 30, if that.

    And out of college, you’re the absolute best of your class, but the union forces you to sign a contact for 5 years at about 35% of what other employers are willing to pay you.

    In year 3, you’ve clearly proven you’re the best in the world at what you do, but you’re stuck in that below-market entry level contract for another 2 years, minimum. You won’t sniff your actual market value until age 27-28, IF you’ve stayed healthy enough to last that long.

    Yeah, it doesn’t really compare to that safe office job with 40 years of earning potential.

  16. “He’s saying that Gurley career is basically over”

    Well, that’s what people on the Internet think. His teammates, coaches and athletic trainer don’t seem to think so. Neither do the people who have seen him working out in training camp.

    Gurley might have to take fewer touches but he’s still part of the Rams plan moving forward.

  17. This is great.

    Does Jerrah realize the Rams play no starters in preseason? None. They were going against all backups.

  18. Pollard or any running back shouldn’t be to eager to play for Dallas…just look at the way the organization treats them…Murray, Zeke…Why’d they bother drafting these guys so high if they weren’t gonna make them part of the future…? No wonder Dallas, who’s had as much talent as anyone over the past 15 years cant even win a playoff game…

  19. It’s a QB league, and the Cowboys have an elite QB. Dak Prescott has started every game since he’s been drafted, and only 3 teams have won more games than the Cowboys during that time. I’d trade Elliott to one of the poorly managed franchises that think it’s smart to pay for a position that doesn’t make any difference in the won-lost column.

  20. officialgame says:
    August 18, 2019 at 6:57 am
    Jones is an exert at taking a bad situation and making it worse. Zeke knows the Cowboy plan is to run him into the dirt and then get rid of him so he is smart at being proactive. Pay the man!!

    Lets see….he bought an NFL team for 140 Million that’s now worth 5 BILLION….
    He was an oil man who is now in the pro football hall of fame
    The Cowboys havent’ been to a Superbowl close to 25 years and yet they are the most popular NFL team and have been year after year after year…..I would say he’s kind of done the opposite.

  21. Steve Young, Hall of Fame Frisco QB, was knocked into early retirement because his running back failed to pick up a blitz. When a running back is staying behind to protect the QB on a passing down, he better does his job well.

  22. I remember the days when preseason football news was about the players who were in camp, on the field, and making us take notice because of their good or bad play.

  23. Jerrah’s not a tough negotiator. Gene Klein was a tough negotiator! He sent John Jefferson to Green Bay because JJ wanted a raise from his $100k yearly contract. JJ never recovered.

  24. Go Zeke! He’s an immature tool, true dat, but he’s a great RB and frankly, the next CBA needs to address the whole 5th year option/ franchise tag thing. It’s just wrong that a franchise can tie up a player for that much of their career. The positions with short lifespans especially. One solution would be, if you exercise the 5YO, then you cannot franchise that player.

    Given that RB’s might as well have “this product expires at age 30!” tattooed on their foreheads, their window of opportunity to steer their own career is blindingly short, especially first-rounders who get the 5YO applied.

  25. I always felt that a team should not pay big money to a run back. Put that money into building a top 5 o-line and get a decent 3rd rd pick back that can catch the ball and you’re set. Pats have been doing it for years.

  26. Ok Jerry time to move on then trade Zeke for a 4th round pick , what a waste of a 1st round pick there genious.

  27. Memory is the first thing to go. Hey Jerrah hes the reason your team has won any games in the last few years. That’s who.

  28. He pulled the same thing with Emmit Smith who held out for the first 2 games. Cowboys went 0-2. Then once he finally got a contract, they went on to win the SuperBowl. Learn from your own team’s history and PAY THE MAN…. LOL

  29. Elliot is making a mistake. Goodell went soft on him when he was called to the commissioner’s office after his altercation with a 19-year old security guard in Las Vegas. Now, in no uncertain terms, he’s one more incident away from a lengthy suspension or even expulsion, depending on the infraction.

    Jerry Jones knows this, and that’s why he’s being dismissive here. There is no reason to sign a contract extension and pay a lot of money to a player who might be suspended at any time.

    Elliott is under contract for the next two years, and he could be franchised after that, so he’s not going anywhere. Now he’s threatening to sit out the entire season. Let him. It will only cost him a lot of money and a year of eligibility, and further damage his image. What other team is going to sign him when he becomes available, or pay him anywhere near what he wants, with all the baggage he brings.

    The ultimate irony is that Elliott’s rookie contract pays him more than Emmitt Smith’s contract extension paid him when he held out. But Emmitt Smith had just won the Super Bowl and won another as soon as he returned, and then another. What has Elliott won? A wild card playoff game or two.

    He has no leverage in these negotiations. Dallas has not advanced beyond the divisional round of the playoffs since 1995, the last time they won the Super Bowl. I doubt that will change, whether Elliott returns or not.

    He should report to training camp and play out his contract. If the Cowboys then advance to at least the Conference Championship, maybe the Super Bowl, win or lose, then he can demand to be paid a higher salary. If not, then this is all a wasted exercise.

    The Joneses are playing it smart. They’re putting it all on Garrett and the coaching staff. Win now, or be gone. With or without Elliott, I don’t expect them to win much of anything. Thus, there will be major changes made next season.

  30. Jerrah…. mouth as big as his ego…..
    THANK GOD he’s not the owner of my favorite team!!!

  31. Remember this Rams traded Eric Dickerson to the Colts for Marshall Faulk? Or this one…Cowboys traded Herschel Walker to the Vikings for an entire roster? It could happen.

  32. Dak is nothing without Zeke. End of story.

    Jerry will sign him because he has no choice. If you have a brain, then you know all this did was make Zeke dig in a little more.

    I hope Jerry finds a trade partner, the cowboys will suffer for many years.

  33. “Remember this Rams traded Eric Dickerson to the Colts for Marshall Faulk?”

    No, and neither does anyone else. Dickerson was traded during the 1987 season, Faulk before the 1999 draft.

  34. dejadoh says:
    August 18, 2019 at 10:11 am
    Forget about Zeke. Hell, I could run behind that line.
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    And you’d probably hold out too.

  35. charliecharger says:
    August 18, 2019 at 10:14 am
    It’s a QB league, and the Cowboys have an elite QB. Dak Prescott has started every game since he’s been drafted, and only 3 teams have won more games than the Cowboys during that time. I’d trade Elliott to one of the poorly managed franchises that think it’s smart to pay for a position that doesn’t make any difference in the won-lost column.

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    Any difference???

    Dak’s record with Zeke: 28-12 (70% winning percentage)
    Dak’s record without Zeke: 4-4 (50% winning percentage)

    The 4 wins were against opponents with a cumulative record of 21-43 (2017 Redskins, 2017 Giants, 2017 Raiders, 2018 Giants).

    The 4 losses were against teams with a total record of 39-25 (2016 Eagles, 2017 Falcons, 2017 Eagles, 2017 Chargers).

    In 2017 with Zeke, Cowboys scored 244 points in 10 games (24.4 per game).
    In 2017 without Zeke, Cowboys scored 110 points in 10 games (18.3 per game).

    The Cowboys failed to get to 10 points in 3 straight games without Zeke in 2017.
    Cowboys have scored >10 points in 38 out of 42 games with Zeke in past 3 years.

    Dallas has lost 8 games by 10 points or more in past 3 years.
    And 4 of them were without Zeke (out of 8 games missed by Zeke).
    Only 4 of those games happened in 40 tries with Zeke.

    In 3 years, Dak has only 5 games of over 300 passing yards in 48 games.
    In 2016, he did that against Baltimore (9th in passing defense) and Pitssburgh (18th).
    In 2017, he managed it only against the Giants (30th in pass defense).
    In 2018, he topped 300 against the Giants (23rd against pass) and Philly (30th) with an injury riddled secondary.

    When Zeke run for 75+ yards in a game, Dallas has gone 28-6 in 3 years.
    When Zeke doesn’t get 75 yards (or doesn’t play), Dallas has gone 4-10.

    Seems like Elliot makes a difference a difference in the W-L column for that team.

  36. Lot’s of fans denigrate Jerry Jones, but that fool has stacked his team (the most valuable sports franchise in the world) with more players picked on the top 100 this year than any other with 8 to next best with 6, a Zak and Fitz weren’t even on the list. The Cowboys’ cap problem is because of the tremendous drafting prowess of the “stupid” owner and his front office.

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