Jerry Jones is usually cool as a cucumber with the media. In fact, it’s one of his strengths as the top public figure of the biggest sports franchise in the world.
But an exchange during his weekly Friday morning show on the KRLD/105.3 The Fan got a little tense when the owner and general manager took exception to a line of questioning about the Dallas Cowboys’ offense.
Jones was asked if he watched Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings in which the teams combined for over 1,000 yards and 69 points. Jones said he missed the game but could see the Cowboys’ personnel doing similar things as the Rams’ offense.
“When I look at what we might be able to do and put my finger on personnel, and then move up to what I know we want to do with our personnel, I see that — I don’t think that it’s reaching to think that maybe we could approach that kind of productivity,” Jones said of the Rams’ offense. “… when I look at what they are as a team, I have visions of being like that.”
Radio hosts Mike Bacsik (and former major league pitcher) asked for clarification on Jones’ comments.
“So, your expectations of the Dallas Cowboys’ offense is that they start scoring in the 30-point range on a consistent basis like the Rams do,” Bacsik asked.
Jones took exception to the characterization.
“This is a perfect example, and I hope — I’m smiling at how you could take the statements I just made and develop that kind of conjecture to what I’m saying. I didn’t say that,” Jones said. “You asked me about the Rams, how they played Thursday night. So, the whole point I’m saying is I can see similarities, I can see talent similarities, I can see the quality of player similarities with a lot of their offense.”
Bacsik again clarified that he doesn’t see any similarities between the two offenses.
“That’s why you’re doing radio and they’re doing the coaching,” Jones joked. “My point is you’re absolutely right. I’m frustrated with that question because you put it in my mouth and I didn’t say that. What I’m saying is that if you match up us against the Rams, which happened to have played last night, then I can show you some similarities and I can answer your questions as to why Rams would even come out of my mouth. We all know that if you do not execute, if you drop the ball, if you fumble the ball, we all know those things can dramatically change [things]. No, I’m not saying that our team should be doing 35 points a game, 30 points a game, or anything. I’m just saying that I can look at a team like the Rams and think, ‘Oh, but for some day we might have that kind of team.’ I don’t see it that far.”