There’s a lot we will never understand or know about the Dallas Cowboys front office and their decision-making. One thing we definitely know is that rain or shine, Jerry and/or Stephen Jones will be there to spin a story like nobody else. These two men do not know how to just stand up and admit that they made a mistake or a poor decision. The latest example of this comes from Tuesday’s Cowboys’ pre-draft press conference.
Less than a week after Stephen Jones tried to convince people that the reason they let go of Randy Gregory was that Dorance Armstrong had equal or better production (untrue), his father Jerry took another shot at explaining away the front office’s eleventh-hour loss of Gregory to the Broncos. Even though the Cowboys were prepared to offer the defensive end the exact same contract he received from Denver, Jerry is now telling reporters that there were huge question marks about Gregory’s availability.
Jerry also tried to say that having Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Dante Fowler Jr. is better than having Gregory. The problem? Jerry literally doesn’t even know the roster. The Cowboys GM said, “I’d rather have the two… Armstrong and our other one.” You read that correctly. In trying to convince reporters he was more excited about having him than Gregory, he literally didn’t even know Fowler’s name. He followed that up by saying not signing Gregory was completely logical.
The apparent questioning of Gregory’s availability seemed completely absent when the front office initially thought they made a deal with him in March. The team’s official Twitter account even posted about his return. So, why is this only coming up after they lost him to another team?
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tried to convince reporters that they didn’t want Randy Gregory because of availability issues, and Gregory responded
The now-Bronco, who hasn’t been shy about situations with the Cowboys on Twitter in the past, had a response for Jones. Gregory trolled the GM and said the “man needs to let it go.” Apparently, the defensive end is over the Cowboys continually trying to spin the situation into a positive one, too. The idea that Fowler and Armstrong are better than Gregory is really absurd. Two decent players doesn’t equal a top edge rusher.
Jones also claimed that he likes Gregory “about as well as anybody I’ve ever been around as far a player of the Cowboys.” The support is nice, but I doubt the feeling is mutual anymore. All hope is likely lost on the idea of Stephen or Jerry Jones simply admitting that the front office messed up on the Gregory situation. Who he was off the field aside, the team was ready to sign him. They clearly wanted him.