Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with son executive vice president Stephen Jones during halftime against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Keeping Up With The Joneses...Ridiculous Comments

Jerry Jones has made more than his share of headlines based on quotes misspoken and perhaps more often taken out of context.

We all remember when his comment about the Cowboy’s “glory hole” days resulted in a multitude of sideways glances and guffaws, apparently because of a lewd truck stop bathroom act that seems to have become a staple in mainstream pornography.

Of course we all knew (those of us with any knowledge beyond pornography anyway) what Jerry was referring to.  Being an oil man, Jones is familiar with the more traditional (and much less stupid) definition of the word, that being pay dirt.  Whether it be oil or gold, a glory hole is a rich source, a spot ripe for bountiful returns.  It’s amusing when a bunch of immature grade school boys appear to be running the media, isn’t it?

Another famously repeated and oft laughed at quote was Jerry’s comment about Troy Aikman looking good in the shower.  Again, it’s fun to snort and snicker like an idiot anytime something can possibly be painted in a suggestive or inappropriate light. 

The actual comment was in response to a reporter’s question about how Aikman was performing when Jones had been given very little if any time to assess his workouts.  That’s how the joking comment about him, “looking good in the showers” came to be,  intended as a jab at the reporter based on Aikman having done little else at Valley Ranch by that point.

After all the quotes out of Cowboy’s camp that have been reported incorrectly or taken way out of context, I have become accustomed to just shaking my head until I have time to research myself and find out exactly what was said and in what reference.

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find any logical explanation for Stephen Jones’ comment that the Dallas Cowboy’s cap issues may be a blessing, forcing them to draft (better) like the Seattle Seahawks.

Wait…what?  The fact that we are currently sitting about $20 mil over the salary cap is a blessing because it will force us to draft better?  That’s like saying DeMarco Murray having a pulled hamstring is a blessing because it will force him to run harder.

A salary cap deficit is never a positive thing, although I kind of admire Stephen’s, albeit ridiculous, attempt to spin it.  You should draft based on value and sign free agency based on need.  If you don’t have any cap money for free agency you are almost forced to draft based on need, leading to poor value picks and some possible gambles on players that never pan out.

If chosen wisely a team can get about two blue chip players per draft.  That drops significantly if you are searching for specific positions rather than high performance players.  A great example of this is last year’s drafting of Travis Frederick.  Although I believe Frederick was a wise draft choice and is an asset to this team, we all know we could have gotten an excellent and much needed secondary talent while saving Travis for the next round. 

Working without salary cap space doesn’t give you an advantage, it paints you into a corner.  I hope the Jones’ realize that, regardless of how they try and spin it to the press.

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