Jerry Jones has gotten quite candid when talking about his Dallas Cowboys lately, losing, and losing in epic fashion, tends to have that sort of impact on him. In the last week the he outright challenged the anonymous report regarding discontent in the locker room and told the hosts on 105.3 The Fan during an interview to shut up and let him answer a question (he later apologized). Winning cures all, as they say, which means that losing spreads infection like nothing else.
The waters are choppy for Jerry’s Cowboys yacht and the ripple effect is starting to be seen. Dallas traded away Everson Griffen on Tuesday and on Wednesday threatened to release two others, Dontari Poe and Daryl Worley, if they didn’t get trade offers for them. No trades came and the Cowboys made good on their word by saying goodbye to Poe and Worley.
If you were wondering exactly why the Cowboys released the players that they did, you happen to be halfway in luck. A report from ESPN dropped on Wednesday night with the specifics regarding Dontari Poe, and Jerry Jones certainly was not shy about it.
Jerry Jones said that Dontari Poe was 30 lbs overweight and didn’t do anything to help himself perform on the field
As noted, Jerry Jones is rather miffed. It appears that the worldwide leader caught him in that particular mood for a conversation over why his team released Dontari Poe specifically, and he was pretty blunt in saying that Poe is apparently 30 lbs overweight.
“When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones told ESPN.
“We have a platform here but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and he [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that and he did not. I’m going to leave it at that.”
Jerry Jones is making it clear that Poe’s release was purely football-related and centered around him not being in shape.
For what it’s worth, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday morning that Poe “never felt right” after his injury last year and will work on getting back into football shape before finding a new team.
The #Cowboys released DT Dontari Poe yesterday, but it doesn’t sound like anything is immiment for him signing anywhere else. He never felt right after last year’s injury and will use the next month or so to work himself back into football shape. A possible late-season add.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2020
There was no mention of Daryl Worley in ESPN’s report, but he along with Poe has been a disappointment of a free agent signing for the Cowboys. It appears that Jerry Jones is ready and willing to talk about these things which leaves us all wondering just what the rest of the season has in store for us.