CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with Tony Romo #9 on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
If it’s the NFL preseason, that means it’s time for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to find a microphone and start yammering into it. Ah, the good ol’ Double J, always ready with a quote that’s just begging to be misconstrued. During an interview last night at Cowboys Stadium, Jones said the Eagles would be a more consistent team without Donovan McNabb as their quarterback. More important, he declared that no coach in football was better than Eagles coach Andy Reid. Oh, yes he did.
“McNabb helped create those big swings in our games over the last 10 years,” Jones said. “When he played well, it was like throwing the knockout punch. When he didn’t, you were able to throw the knockout punch.
“I don’t see that now (with Kolb). I think Kolb and the way they’re going about it now, you won’t have those big swings one way or the other. I think every game with them is going to be a battle. Because of Kolb and because the makeup of the rest of their team is solid. And their coach, there is not a better coach in the NFL than Andy (Reid).”
Obviously, the Double J is being diplomatic here. I can tell he’s lying about Andy Reid because A) It’s just a nice thing to say about someone, and B) It’s not even remotely true. You Dallas fans have seen Andy Reid call in the field goal team when down four points enough times to know he is NOT the best coach in football.
I’m left to wonder what Wade Phillips would make of that kind of quote. I doubt Jones said nice things about Reid just as a backhanded swipe at his own coach. BUT LET’S ASSUME HE WAS DOING THAT ANYWAY. If you take Jones’ comments about Reid at face value, that means poor Wade can only be as good as Reid, and no better. There’s no better coach than Reid in Jerry’s eyes. There may be coaches of similar ability. But none BETTER. And that’s not a very nice thing to say about Wade, given that Andy Reid can be so brainfartastic at times, now is it?
But hey, part of Wade Phillips’ job description is to take anything Jerry Jones says with a grain of salt. Even if it means saying Andy Reid is the greatest coach in the universe. Even if it means saying Dez Bryant was overworked. Even if it means telling Wade he’s fired after Week 3. You should never actually listen to Jerry. That just ends up getting you in trouble.
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