The Dallas Cowboys very clearly didn’t have an answer for the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson on Sunday, as the man they call Megatron ran roughshod over Brandon Carr & co. to the tune of 329 yards and a touchdown. But owner and general manager Jerry Jones believes they would have been able to stop Johnson if this had been, oh, 18 years ago.
In an appearance on 105.3-FM The Fan on Tuesday, Jones was asked if he believes “Prime Time” (in his prime) could have shut down “Megatron.”
"Yes, I do. That's just it," Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "Deion has such catch-up speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that ... in [a] football sense. He could really play the ball, and he had such ability to get into position to play the ball. Now, you're talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that's played this game. I've seen where he's been declared the greatest cover guy. Hall of Famer. But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson's going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job. Deion's a great player."
The man who actually did cover Johnson for the most part on Sunday, Brandon Carr, maintains that his confidence remains high after going against perhaps the best receiver in football.
"I learned a lot for myself within that game. Some things I could have done differently. Some things I was proud of myself for doing. At the end of the day, I stood in there and I fought and that's all you can ask for," Carr said. "I'm going to get better as time goes, we're going to get better as a unit, but it definitely hasn't shaken my confidence. It might have boosted it. It might sound crazy, but I learn from games like that. It's time to move on and go on again."
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