Training camp begins this week and the Cowboys three amigo’s - Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, and Stephen Jones took some time to answer questions. There were a lot of the “usual suspects” questions regarding players in trouble and suspensions and as you might expect, the Cowboys wouldn’t divulge any good sound bites there. But whenever you have Jerry in front of a microphone, you’re always in for a treat. Here are the highlights of Sunday’s press conference:
What a beautiful site. I can almost smell the football greatness in the air.
As expected, the dead horse was beaten with several questions about allegations and looming suspensions so let’s get those out of the way early. Nobody blinked when it came to offering up any new information, however Jerry expressed some confidence that there is no evidence that would implicate his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, being in trouble for the domestic violence issue.
Not only did Cowboys owner Jerry Jones say the league has nothing on Zeke. He said it's not domestic violence. Not even he said she said.— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) July 23, 2017
With all the off-season trouble, Garrett was asked if all these events did anything to break up the momentum of the successful 2016 season. The Cowboys coach was quick to remind people that last year is in the past and used his science skills to explain that it is an every day challenge to generate momentum.
Jason Garrett emphasizes to his team that momentum is earned each and very day. It's not an outside force.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 23, 2017
Jason would speak highly of Zeke, expressing how much they believe in him.
Jason Garrett on #Cowboys disciplinary issues: "Accountability is not infallibility."— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) July 23, 2017
Garrett says he has finally had a productive conversation with Zeke about off field issues. Considered it productive. #Foxnard— Mike Doocy (@MikeDoocyFox4) July 23, 2017
But the constant questions had to be aggravating. Garrett was short at times and had moments where he appeared to become irritated.
I get the feeling there aren't many things in life that Jason Garrett dreads doing. This news conference might be one. #Foxnard— Mike Doocy (@MikeDoocyFox4) July 23, 2017
Jourdan Lewis wasn’t present as he is dealing with his domestic violence trial. There is nothing new here and that was to be expected.
Stephen Jones on Jourdan Lewis trial: "He's very convicted about where he is on this and that's part of the reason why we picked him."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 23, 2017
I wish Stephen would have chosen different words as it’s never good when the words “convicted” are used with a player undergoing a trial, especially how things get spun when it comes to the Cowboys.
Jerry Jones: "Boy, I had a wonderful time before this social media hit."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 23, 2017
Jerry tried to deflect some of the negative heat the Cowboys have had recently by bringing up another organization that has had it’s fair share of controversy.
Jerry Jones says he looks at the Patriots as "role models" for how they've handled suspensions & injuries each season.— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) July 23, 2017
New England likes to push the envelope to see what they can get away with, but there is no denying that when the dust settled, they came out looking like champions.
Of course the next biggest topic was Jaylon Smith. Again, nothing new about his progress. Reporters tried to get them to speculate, even asking about the percentage of nerve regeneration. But again, no new details were provided. Jerry Jones jazzed up the decision making process by reminding people the type of risk/reward Smith was.
Jerry Jones says Jaylon Smith suiting up in training camp is like a first round pick's first training camp.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 23, 2017
They touched on free agent losses with an emphasis on money being the clear driving force as to why players like Brandon Carr, Barry Church, and Morris Claiborne aren’t on the team any more. Jerry explained that you can’t have everything and have to make some sacrifices in order to retain other nice things.
Jerry Jones told a story about a private jet and five-year old bronco to explain the salary cap and now we are all geniuses— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) July 23, 2017
There would eventually come a day where all of us would be a nervous wreck as we dealt with the post-Tony Romo era. Well, that time has finally come, yet nobody seems too worried about it. Not even Romo’s biggest fan.
Jerry Jones: I'm a lot more comfortable than I thought I would be about not having Tony Romo. Dak Prescott is obviously a big reason why— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 23, 2017
The finale of the press conference came when Jerry was talking about why he chose his wife to deliver his Hall of Fame introduction. He told a story about pillow talk and how she laid into him about one of his biggest decisions as owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
Here's the text from Jerry, talking about how his wife Gene yelled at him re: Jimmy Johnson. Too funny. pic.twitter.com/i6zFRuWQ2J— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 23, 2017
A reporter asked, “what did you tell her?”
Everyone laughed, the press conference ended, and Jerry was let off the hook.