Cowboys Jerry: Dez, Loyalty + Super Bowls
IS DEZ'S CONTRACT A DISTRACTION?
Jerry -- "Well, it's not a distraction at all. It's obviously didn't distract Dez, and it doesn't distract us. It's a meaningful contract to the degree that it does, and will, impact our financial management of our salary cap, which a big part of what helps get a good team on the field. So, it deserves the kind of attention that we're giving it. I think that it's easy -- by the way, if you really think about it, have you seen anymore attention to his contract than any significant player that we've had that was out of contract next year and we needed to address a new contract? I don't see any difference from any of the ones I've ever been involved in, whether it was Michael Irvin, whether it was Erik Williams. I just don't see any difference. It's always there exactly like it is with Dez."
RESPONSE TO DEZ'S "DON'T TEST MY LOYALTY" REMARKS:
Jerry -- "Well, I would just say he's a loyal guy. And we're loyal guys. And we've, of all the players I've been associated with over the years, I've had a chance to probably more personal interaction with Dez, probably as much as Michael Irvin in the early '90s, but certainly a lot of personal interaction -- inordinately so. And so, I've had a chance. We've both had a chance to show that we really work well together. We're very loyal. You can't count on us. And I say "us" too. You can count on us. If the hair gets short, there's a little problem. We can count on each other to work it out. And that's the way it's been for the first five years that we've been together."
WILL YOU KEEP TALKING TO DEZ ABOUT FEELINGS ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS?
Jerry -- "No, I've visited with him specifically about his business. I've been visiting with Dez about his business since he became a Cowboy -- every kind of business. I mean every kind of every aspect of this business. And like I say: that's inordinate. That doesn't happen all the time. And what it does is when you do come to areas where you need to get a meeting of the minds, that's an advantage, not a disadvantage. A good on-going, relatively-speaking, longterm "geeing and hawing" with each other, if I may use that one a little bit, that serves you well when you get in a situation like this and you're negotiating. Be different if we never spoke of money or spoken of other types of situations. But we both -- he's seen it in me and he's seen us and I've seen it in him the ability to really come in here and come up with a common best solution for the team."
HAVE YOU TALKED TO DEZ'S NEW AGENT?
Jerry -- "We've communicated. That's the best I could do there, but we have communicated. And, yes, in a manner of what you just described: talking."
WHY ISN'T ROMO GETTING THE RESPECT HE DESERVES FOR PLAYING THROUGH INJURY?
Jerry -- "Well, I don't think I'm naive here, but I'm not seeing Tony get shortchanged on the respect of him playing with pain, or playing with limitation; overcoming a limitation. I'm not seeing that. I see that. I think he's recognized as doing that. And what is amazing is he can play well and not be in his best shape. So, I see that there. The reason that anybody, any place could ever be in a negative way critical of Romo is the fact he hasn't won a Super Bowl, or the fact he hasn't been knocking on the door of a Super Bowl in a Super Bowl, but really hasn't won a Super Bowl. And that's the goal here. And that's what we should do. We've come a lot closer than we've been given credit for on knocking on the door with Romo for a Super Bowl. But if you really look at it, the Giants knocking us off out here at the stadium when Wade Phillips, that's not very close you say. But certainly we were a game or two away from being in the big one. So, my point about all this is we need to -- this is a game that, boy, if you don't get you some action in a Super Bowl from time to time, you're going to be criticized."
WHEN WILL ROMO WIN HIS SUPER BOWL?
Jerry -- "Well, I'll tell you this. We didn't really think that possibly this year might be the year, but you sure can't dismiss it at this particular point. It is great to be 7-3. We'd love to have been 8-2 or better, but we're not. But we've got him healthy. We've got a pretty healthy team on the field. And everybody would like to have more, more of their players. Everybody would like to have gone back and got all their injuries and had them really ready to go here in these last six games, but you can't do that. That's just not the way the NFL works. But having said that, I think we're going to have some fun here in these last six ballgames."
WERE YOU HAPPY WITH ROMO BEING IN AS LONG AS HE WAS AGAINST THE JAGS?
Jerry -- "Yeah, I wouldn't second-guess that at all. And I wouldn't have wanted to make that decision. That tells you all you need to know, because I didn't make it. But the bottom line is that I had thoughts about blowing the lead too. We've been a part of it. We've all been a part of it. That's the NFL today. So we just off of a game that certainly Weeden didn't have his best game, and so, I can see that point too. But obviously I agreed with it when he was left in, and I agreed with it when they took him out."
ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR THANKSGIVING "ROMO WEDNESDAY"?
Jerry -- "Well, you know, we never have, even without a road game, the game the weekend before Thanksgiving, we never have had pads physically hit during those couple of days. We do have a long ride back, but everything's needs to be looked at relative. That's a short ride when you look at going to London and back. And so it's just a stroll in the park to come back in Sunday night. We'll -- we're good. We know how to do this. We've been doing it for a lot of years, having the short week and having to get ready for Thanksgiving. So, no, that's not an issue with me. I look at it as though we've got a good break here. We ought to be ready for the Giants. We come back and we do have a short week. We're good at it. We know how to do it, and then we've got a full week before the next Thursday. And then we'll get ten days off. With those short weeks right behind it comes that bonus called ten days off. And if you look at it that way, it's not as bad as it sounds."
You can hear the rest of the interview here, including Jerry's remarks on Josh Brent being available against the Giants, as well as an injury update to rookie cornerback Tyler Patmon. Remember to keep it right here on CowboysHQ.com and 105.3 The Fan for all the news and knowledge on America's Team!
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