Jerry Jones told WOAI in San Antonio that he regrets questioning Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber’s toughness. Jones stole the spotlight this week when he was quoted saying that Barber could have played with a dislocated pinkie toe and he did not think his calf injury combined with his toe injury were serious enough to keep him out of the Pittsburgh Steelers game.
His comments were particularly odd in that Barber probably would not have made a huge difference in the outcome of the game because rookie running back Tashard Choice played his heart out and gained more yards rushing on the Steelers No. 1 ranked defense than any other back so far. Plus, the rookie had 5 catches for over 70 yards. He basically had Barber numbers.
“We all know how tough Marion Barber is, but when he had his injury I felt, look, you’d have to shoot him to keep him off the football field,” Jones said. “So I was surprised that we didn’t have him. That’s not meant to be critical of his toughness. It did come out that way, but fundamentally it was because he is so tough that you would have thought that he could play.”
I am not sure what led Jones to retract or clarify his statement, but he should have clarified it the day he made it knowing ESPN was foaming at the mouth to promote its next anti-Cowboys piece. Barber said he never heard about Jones’ comments and took the high road.
Meanwhile, John Madden is not feeling sorry for the Dallas Cowboys at all, according to this article.
“I laugh when I hear this, ‘Well, the Cowboys have a tough schedule. It’s going to be tough,’” Madden said Tuesday. “Well, if they can’t beat these teams, they don’t belong in the playoffs.
You can always count on John Madden to add some common sense to an argument. He’s right on. If the Cowboys cannot sweep the final three games, then they do not belong in the playoffs. The Steelers loss was painful, but going 3-0 the rest of the way will erase that and get this team pumped for a guaranteed playoff game.
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