The Dallas Cowboys are preparing to start the season, like other NFL teams. Unlike most though, they have at least four contract situations to figure out.
In American culture and language, we have quite a few quirky sayings, phrases, or cliches. The most interesting or quirkiest part about these phrases is that often times they are very colorful in composition. The Dallas Cowboys being “America’s Team” could qualify here, but there are better examples.
In taking a look at an example, here is one of the most popular. Have you ever heard someone say that something is or was “a piece of cake?”. As we all know, that means that something is easy, which has nothing to do with baked goods or desserts if you really think about it.
If you’re wondering what cliches and their meanings have to with the Cowboys, the answer is apparently a lot more than any of us thought. They are specifically of a certain importance in this instance because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just gave us a new one to add to the lexicon. Well, it was more like a fable, novel, or horror story.
When recently asked about the Dallas Cowboys’ current and ongoing discussions with Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and possibly even Byron Jones, Jones gave a really off the wall answer. Here is the exact quote specifically, per the Twitter account of The Athletic’s John Machota.
While some may look at this saying or analogy as being insane, some will look at it as being brilliant. The truth is that it is a little bit of both. The brilliance lies in the factualness of what he is saying, but the insanity is in the depth and illustration of the analogy.
What Jones meant when he said this was that in trying and high tension high-stress scenarios, there are a multitude of options, with the most common being to become frantic or to remain calm. Becoming frantic would be the handless person running into the woods, “bleeding” out or dying of “shock”, while the calm person would clamp it and wait or start “squeezing and waiting for help”.
In the Cowboys’ current contract discussions, they can’t become frantic and make brash decisions. Most notably when it comes to Zeke, who is currently the only one of the four big ones in question that isn’t in camp, they can’t fold because he isn’t there. They must be wise when dolling out the money, especially considering his past transgressions and the fact that he has two years left on his rookie deal.
The other contract situations are important as well, but have a different glow about them so to speak, since at least they are all present and with the team. This is the Jerry Jones we as fans have been requesting for years, one that is tempered and deliberate, as opposed to purely passionate while making quick and seemingly unpondered decisions. Here is another Machota tweet that reinforces this notion.
So, again and to reiterate, what Jerry Jones said was a bit crazy but also a bit genius. We have to trust that they will figure out and do what’s best for the team from this point forward. At the very least, we know Jerry is spending a lot of time thinking about it.