Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones meets with outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) prior to the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones ‘very, very frustrated’ by state of Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn’t ready to discuss head coach Mike McCarthy’s future with the team.

Speaking Friday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones said he wouldn’t “get into any conversations that I’ve had” about his coaching staff.

His comments follow the Cowboys’ 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL wild-card game last Sunday. The Cowboys won the NFC East and were the No. 3 seed in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 12-5 record.

He acknowledged being “very, very frustrated” and said the “ultimate decision in these coaches is one that I have to make.”

Jones bought the team in February 1989, and since then, the Cowboys have had eight head coaches. Jones’ first hire was Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jimmy Johnson, who led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles. They won a third under Barry Switzer in 1995 but haven’t reached the NFC championship game since.

McCarthy replaced Jason Garrett before the 2020 season and has an 18-15 mark.

Jones said part of his frustration with the 2021 Cowboys was their lack of adjustment through the season.

“Let me be real clear, one of the pet peeves I have is that I don’t like this, ‘Well we’ve got to work on this in the offseasons, we got to work on this.’ I don’t go for that,” Jones said. “I want those things recognized and addressed after we play Tampa after the first game, or after we play the sixth game. I don’t want to wait until we’re sitting here with no season left to address these things we’re doing or not doing.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) is helped off the field after an injury in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (ACL) feared out for season

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that the team believes wide receiver Michael Gallup tore his left ACL Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season.

Gallup will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the extent of his injury.

Gallup twisted around to catch a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ 25-22 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It was clear that he was in pain after the play, and he did not return.

The fourth-year receiver finished the game with three catches for 36 yards and the score, upping his season totals to 35 receptions, 445 yards and two touchdowns.

Gallup suffered a calf injury in Week 1 and missed the first half of the season before returning in Week 10.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws prior to the game against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: QB Dak Prescott ‘good to go’ for Week 1

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has declared quarterback Dak Prescott “good to go” for the season opener.

Interviewed before Sunday’s preseason finale against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones said Prescott had a productive week of practice as he accelerated his recovery from a training camp shoulder injury.

“He really turned it loose and was none the worse for it,” Jones said. “The MRIs are showing all systems go. He’s throwing with velocity (and) emphasis. Throwing on the run.”

The Cowboys kick off the regular season on Sept. 9 against the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the defending Super Bowl champions.

Prescott, 28, has not played since suffering a season-ending leg injury during a win against the New York Giants on Oct. 11, 2020.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal in March, with $126 million guaranteed.

A 2016 fourth-round draft pick, Prescott has passed for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions over five seasons with the Cowboys and 69 games (all starts).

His best season came in 2019 when he passed for 4,902 yards and 30 TDs, both career bests, but Dallas went just 8-8 that season and did not advance to the playoffs.

–Field Level Media

Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Johnson speaks to the media during the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Jimmy Johnson ‘will be in the Ring of Honor’

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach and current FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February of 2020, and on the eve of his induction, his former boss, Jerry Jones, let slip on live television that Johnson “will be in the (Dallas Cowboys) Ring of Honor.”

As a member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, Johnson would join such notable franchise standouts as Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and several others.

Such a move would be newsworthy for long-time observers aware of the many twists and turns of the Jones-Johnson relationship over the years.

After Johnson led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships in 1992 and 1993, the two agreed to part ways in 1993 amid many reports of their relationship having devolved significantly.

Since that time, the two haven’t failed to take shots at one another in public, including a notable tiff in 2014 in which Jones called Johnson “disloyal.” But they’ve seemingly reconciled in recent years, as Johnson was in attendance for Jones’ Hall of Fame enshrinement in 2017.

Jones teamed with Aikman, who quarterbacked Johnson’s Super Bowl-winning teams, to deliver the news. And Johnson, ever the jokester, couldn’t resist a quick comeback.

“While I’m alive?” Johnson asked.

–Field Level Media

August 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and owner Jerry Jones (right) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Cowboys happy to ‘overpay’ Dak Prescott

Jan 30, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Artist rendering ot the 2020 NFL Draft viewing zone in Las Vegas in front of the High Roller observation wheel during the Super Bowl LIV Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Billionaire owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday he overpaid to keep his multi-millionaire quarterback, Dak Prescott.

“Most anything that I’ve ever been involved in that ended up being special, I overpaid for. Every time,” Jones said at an afternoon press conference in Frisco, Texas, following Prescott putting pen to paper on a four-year, $164 million contract with $126 million guaranteed. “If anyone has ever taken advantage of me financially, I’m proud it’s the one sitting next to me on the right.”

For the record, Jones paid less to purchase the franchise in 1989.

Five months after a gruesome ankle injury, Prescott scored the long-term contract he desired in 2019 and 2020. Only Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes more on a per-year basis than Prescott.

“This is the right fit. Never in a million years did I imagine not being a Cowboy once I put on the Star,” Prescott said. “I’m excited to be here and never leave. This is my home, I’m not leaving and this is only the beginning.”

Prescott, 27, and the Cowboys came close to contract agreements each of the past three years. Dallas most recently applied the franchise tag on him last March 16 in a deal that was worth $31.4 million for the 2020 season. He joked Wednesday that he contemplated running out from behind a curtain at the live press conference and jumping on the table to prove he’s healing from the Week 5 ankle injury that ended his 2020 season.

Prescott came away with a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle after a tackle by Giants safety Logan Ryan. He underwent surgery later that day and was done for the season.

He said he’ll “be ready when it matters” for the 2021 regular season and is doing everything doctors ask, adding that his motivation is all about being the best quarterback in the NFL and winning the Lombardi Trophy — not beating Jones in contract tug of wars.

Prescott said he asked his girlfriend and brother to keep him honest if even “one thing” changes about him after his massive paychecks hit the account.

“I’ve never played this game for money,” Prescott said. “Money has never been a motivation. I’m intrinsically motivated.”

The Cowboys gave Prescott an NFL-record $66 million signing bonus and no-trade clause. Jones said the contract is “not a dicey bet at all.”

“I’m convinced we can put a team around Dak,” Jones said. “Financially, I like where we are.”

–Field Level Media

August 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and owner Jerry Jones (right) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Dak has leverage in talks with Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledged Tuesday that quarterback Dak Prescott is in the driver’s seat when it comes to contract negotiations.

The Cowboys stumbled to a 6-10 record without Prescott, who suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in October.

“I don’t know how you could have any more leverage,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Prescott and the Cowboys couldn’t reach agreement on a long-term contract before the 2020 season, and the quarterback was set to play on the $31.4 million franchise tag.

With the regular season now over, the Cowboys and Prescott can resume contract negotiations. When talks concluded last June without a deal, the Cowboys were discussing a contract in the range of $35 million a year with a hefty guarantee.

Prescott, 27, was leading the NFL with 1,856 passing yards when he sustained the injury in Week 5. The Cowboys got off to a 2-3 record under Prescott and finished limped to the finish behind starters Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert.

Jones said Tuesday that Prescott is the leader the Cowboys need while acknowledging a reduction in the salary cap in 2021 — a product of the coronavirus pandemic — will make things trickier.

“He has great ability, in my mind, to win games. He’s talented. He certainly has the experiences and he has all the things, which has been substantiated by what we’ve offered Dak,” Jones said. “You wouldn’t offer Dak what we offered in the past if you’d not thought he was very special. The issue is how do you come together? And that’s no stranger to me. I’ve been doing it all my life, putting things together. We’ve got to get it together.”

In 69 starts over five seasons in Dallas, Prescott has a 42-27 record. He’s completed 66 percent of his passes for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones answers questions during a press conference at Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jones: Broncos’ QB situation not worse than what Cowboys faced

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely raised a few eyebrows when comparing his team’s quarterback situation to that of the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos lost 31-3 on Sunday to the New Orleans Saints with practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton at quarterback. Starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad member Blake Bortles were forced to quarantine after they were ruled to have had close contact with quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for the virus last Thursday.

Hinton completed 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions against the Saints.

“I don’t know that Denver had any more of a challenge than we’ve had with (Ben) DiNucci or with the young quarterbacks that we’ve had,” Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 FM the Fan in Dallas. “And, by the way, two or three of those (Broncos) quarterbacks will be back from the (reserve/COVID-19 list).”

The Cowboys have been forced to use a quarterback carousel after Dak Prescott sustained a season-ending ankle injury in a 37-34 victory against the New York Giants on Oct. 11. When backup Andy Dalton was forced out of two games because of a concussion and COVID-19, Dallas put Garrett Gilbert under center, as well as rookie seventh-round pick DiNucci, who completed 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards in a 23-9 loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 1.

Jones also took issue with the Broncos quarterbacks reportedly not wearing masks as required when they were together. Lock has since apologized for letting his guard down.

“Boy, we have been schooled in the NFL — the teams have been schooled (by COVID-19),” Jones said. “You had really better pay attention to your protocols. You better manage. Don’t just give it lip service.

“Don’t just roll your eyes back and say, ‘That happens to them. That doesn’t happen to me.’ … And I don’t mean to be trite about it, but that happens in football. Better be ready to have somebody come in there. All teams are advised that do logical things relative to separation, relative to having your players available when you got COVID challenge and do those things — because it could make a difference in scoring points or make a difference in how you defend somebody.

“That’s part of coaching. That’s part of managing the game.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones answers questions during a press conference at Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jones snaps when asked about Cowboys’ leadership

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones lost his temper with a radio host Tuesday when asked if his 2-5 Dallas Cowboys had a leadership void.

“No,” Jones said. But when the hosts of his weekly 105.3 The Fan radio show asked for clarification, he snapped, “Will you shut up and let me answer it? No.”

Jones, whose team is allowing a league-worst 34.7 points per game, later apologized for his outburst.

“If I were a little abrupt there, then I really don’t want to have our day start that way. You’re too good of men for that. This certainly isn’t my most tactful time, you might say, with this thing as we discuss these matters. I’m disappointed for our fans. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. It was not the plan at all,” Jones said.

“We certainly want to point to things, but they’re not excuses. This is football. I’ll assure you right now we’re going to put our head down. We haven’t spent the time, the years, the money, the effort and everything for the Dallas Cowboys to be where we are right now. There will be better days.”

The Cowboys have lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott (broken ankle) and his backup, Andy Dalton (concussion), to injuries this month, with rookie Ben DiNucci finishing Sunday’s sluggish 25-3 loss at Washington.

DiNucci, a seventh-round pick from James Madison, could make his first start when the Cowboys face the Eagles (2-4-1) on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones answers questions during a press conference at Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Cowboys have not talked to Earl Thomas

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that his team has not had any direct discussions with Earl Thomas, but that doesn’t mean the club isn’t interested.

“We have not had any (talks with Thomas), but I have not had any either,” Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas. “Discussions internally. We have discussions. Certainly, he’s an outstanding football player. We’re sitting here at personnel time and we’re looking for ways to get better. He’d be one of several we’d discuss during this particular time as we finalize this roster. It would be a misleading thing to say we haven’t discussed him, it would be a misleading thing to say that we have.”

Jones didn’t elaborate on the team’s health at the safety position, with Xavier Woods notably nursing a groin strain.

“There’s competition out here,” Jones said. “I know you understand on something as sensitive as a competitive roster decision why we wouldn’t discuss it with thousands and thousands of people that aren’t necessarily fans, some of them are competition.”

Thomas, 31, was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 23 for conduct detrimental to the team. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection spent one season with the Ravens, who opted to release the standout safety despite investing $22 million in just over one year together.

Thomas recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season.

A three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; A fan holds a Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) sign prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals rule out fans in first two games; Cowboys undecided

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday they will play their first two home games without fans in the stands at State Farm Stadium, while Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said no decision has been made yet for his venue.

The Cardinals said they are complying with current state guidelines that restrict gatherings of more than 50 people. If Arizona’s number of COVID-19 cases drops sufficiently, the possibility exists that some fans could attend games at some point, the team said.

“While we would obviously love to start the season in front of the Red Sea, we know this decision is the most responsible one and hopefully contributes to the continued decline of COVID-19 figures in our community,” the Cardinals told season ticket members in an email.

“We will continue to work with state and local officials in the weeks ahead to determine whether we may be in position to host a limited number of fans later in the season.”

In Dallas, Jones is thinking more optimistically.

Speaking Friday on 103.5 The Fan, Jones said AT&T Stadium likely will sell fewer than the 50 percent of tickets allowed in a ruling made by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

“We know we are limited where our boundaries are,” Jones said. “More than likely there won’t be 50 percent capacity. But things are evolving. I would imagine we can have as many people out there as far as the demand to be out there as we want it. We’ll see how the lay of the land is as we get closer, and sell those numbers of tickets accordingly.”

The Cardinals are scheduled to host the Washington Football Team (Sept. 20) and Detroit Lions (Sept. 27) in their first two home games. The Cowboys’ home opener is set for Sept. 20 against the Atlanta Falcons.

–Field Level Media