|Jones encourages fans to watch the team 'beat the Giants' ass' this season. (AP)|
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has never been an owner/general manager who eschewed the spotlight. No one much cared when the team was winning three Super Bowls late last decade, but in recent years Jones' act has sometimes worn thin, especially with fans tired of all the underachievement and empty promises.
Well, Cowboys supporters, Jones is hear to assuage your concerns. Speaking at a fan event to open the team's training camp in Oxnard, California, he offered up these words of encouragement (via ESPNDallas.com): "Y'all should come to that (Cowboys) stadium and watch us beat the Giants' ass."
Dallas opens the NFL season in New Jersey on Wednesday, September 5 against the aforementioned defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a nationally televised spectacle. The two teams won't meet in Texas until October 28. Either way, we're guessing there's some mention of Jones' comments in the days and weeks leading up to the Week 1 get-together. (As it stands, the Giants are favored by three points -- we're guessing that changes too.)
Last season, Dallas was 0-2 against New York, including a no-show effort in Week 17 when the NFC East title was on the line. In that game, Eli Manning threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, Tony Romo was sacked six times, and the Giants cruised to a 31-14 win, the division crown, and a month later they were world champs … again.
Several weeks after the season-ending loss, Jones put that game in perspective. "I thought Romo was competing at a level that would've given us that opportunity but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can really gel the way the Giants are," he said.
Romo is a regular target of criticism for the Cowboys' shortcomings, but the reality is that he wasn't the reason the team lost eight games in 2011.
Which brings us back to Jones, who spent the offseason busily upgrading Dallas' defense, dropping $50 million on cornerback Brandon Carr, then trading up in the first round of the April draft to select cornerback Morris Claiborne. Both players will be tested against the Giants. (Quick refresher: this spring, Carr vowed to keep a salsa-dancing Victor Cruz out of the end zone. We'll find out soon enough.)
In recent weeks, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has taken some heat for his "dynasty" comments, which came a year after former teammate Vince Young called Philly the "Dream Team." Maybe we need to refocus our attention on the Cowboys. Last August, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan pronounced that Dallas would "beat the ass" of the "all-hype team." (In case it's unclear, Ryan wasn't advocating self-flagellation -- he was talking about the Eagles.) Then, earlier this summer, the Cowboys' official Twitter feed sent Vick happy birthday wishes -- along with a photo of Vick getting sacked. This is where we point out that Dallas was 0-2 against Philly last season too.
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