More than a quarter-century has passed since the Dallas Cowboys last appeared in a Super Bowl. That’s a long time by any measure. To Jerry Jones, it has been an eternity. Jones probably has his best (last?) chance to get back this fall with a healthy Dak Prescott, a weak NFC East, and a rebuilt defense.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: “I’d do anything known to man to get in a Super Bowl”
If the Cowboys falter in 2021, Jones is willing to do more — much more — to get back, as he explained on the eve of Dallas’ training camp Wednesday in Oxnard, California.
“I’d do anything known to man to get in a Super Bowl,” Jones said — believably. “That’s a fact. There’s nothing in my mind that can have a higher priority than that.”
“I feel as driven as I was when we first bought the team,” he added. “… [It’s] the thing that means the most to me. I want to be here with our team.”
The Cowboys are expected to be much improved over last year’s 6-10 team. But not that much improved. They’re 30-to-1 to win it all this season.
And yet, a sense of real optimism radiated throughout Wednesday’s news conference.
“I have to give us an arrow up, regarding having Dak [back], also having better health in our offensive line,” Jones said. “…. Defensively I think it’s going to be a different ball game. We have a lot of the kind of things you can make good defenses out of. We have size, speed. … You put those things together, we have a chance to be a real good team.”
Overly optimistic? Perhaps. But that’s Jerry.
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m naive,” Jones stated. “Well, it’s a beautiful world, a better world to be naive than to be cynical or negative all the time. I need it to be promising. That causes me to do stupid things or excessive things that sometimes really work.”
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott primed to rebound in 2021
Among Jones’ big moves the past few years, he gave massive contracts to Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Neither had the 2020 season that was anticipated. Prescott missed most of the year with a broken ankle, and Elliott had the fewest single-season rushing yards of his career.
The Cowboys expect both to rebound in 2021. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott is expected to be a full participant in training camp, and Elliott essentially spent the offseason in the team’s training facility.
As for the other big storyline surrounding the franchise, which was given oxygen by Michael Irvin’s scathing remarks: Dallas expects to have all but “a handful” of their 90-man roster vaccinated in the near future. The team was ready for questions about the issue after Irvin seethed over the team falling short of the 85% vaccination threshold needed for relaxed health and safety protocols.
“It should upset them,” Irvin told ESPN. “Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn. Nothing else can be more important.”
Irvin also added, “And not being one of the [teams to reach 85%] says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that makes me worried.”
Jones was asked about those comments Wednesday, saying it was “an outstanding message.”
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