Jerry Jones wants Cowboys fans to just calm down already. He wants you to remember that his Dallas Cowboys were underdogs going into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys Corner, Carlos Menendez writes:
It was a disappointing loss in Kansas City, but owner Jerry Jones wants fans to keep it in perspective – the Cowboys weren’t expected to win.
“We went in there as the underdog,” Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan,” asked if he considered the game a lost opportunity. “The Cowboys were the underdog going in the game. The line actually expected us not to win that game. And so, let’s keep that in mind.”
Jones said the environment at Arrowhead Stadium proved as tough as advertised and that the Chiefs were better than their record from last year.
“These aren’t excuses, but it’s a tough place to play,” Jones said. “It’s a real tough place to play to get backed up on your field position most of the day. Now, you can say that’s part of your offense’s problem, that’s a combination of things, and that is correct. They’re a better defensive team. They had either five or six Pro Bowlers, and they’re a better defensive team than their record of last year indicates. And so, give them some credit for being tough to move the ball on. And I think that we found that to be the case.”
Jones said he was impressed by how close the oddsmakers got to their predicted outcome.
“It never ceases to amaze me,” he said. “Actually, they were right. I think, what were they a 3-point favorite? End up losing by one. It never ceases to amaze me how close these things pan out.”
The last thing any Cowboys’ fan wants to hear from the owner who is supposed to be so committed to winning is the excuse that his team was supposed to lose and they did what they were supposed to do. Seriously! Seriously?
Let me enumerate the problems I have with your ridiculous drivel, Jerry:
- You want your fans to be more understanding of a loss because the team you were playing—the team that won TWO games in 2012—was deemed better than you by the Vegas odds-makers? OK, Jerry. So much for all the talk about how improved your team is and Super Bowl contention and all that nonsense.
- You wants your fans to keep the loss in perspective because Kansas City is a hostile environment? Are these Pop Warner kids with stars on their helmets? Are they easily frightened and disoriented? Or are they professionals paid millions of dollars to perform on the biggest of stages?
- You covered the spread? Vegas said you would lose by three and you only lost by one? That is consolation to you? How much did you wager on the game, not counting the salaries of the players and the mortgage on the stadium and such?
- Losing by one point isn’t so bad? This isn’t the NCAA. There are no style points given. No one is voting on the rankings. You are not in Arkansas anymore, remember? In the NFL, what matters is the win-loss column. A one-point loss is a loss. Period.
- They are tough to move the ball on? Ah. Doggone. Poor babies. The other team plays defense? Never mind your $100 million QB. Never mind your elite stable of receivers, which includes a future Hall of Famer at tight end and maybe the most skilled wide receiver in the league. They played tough defense and losing to tough defensive teams is okay.
Those are a few problems I have with Jerry’s ridiculous statement. But my biggest problem is that I KNOW the Cowboys have two choices: They can make excuses or they can make progress. They cannot do both. The owner/GM of the team, the tone-setter, the one dictating the mindset and team philosophy just said it is ok to lose winnable games as long as you have four or five really good reasons for doing so.
It gets harder and harder to cheer for anything that belongs to this Arkansas con man. He thinks he can use his old wildcatter power of persuasion to get us to keep buying into the dry holes he keeps digging.
There is no oil there. There is no black gold. There is no gold ring. There is only fool’s gold, sold by the biggest fool of them all.
Am I knee-jerking here?
I don’t know. I have something like 16 years of Jerry selling failure as progress to go on. So…you tell me.