Jerry Jones is nothing if not a showman. So it's not surprising that the same man who once rapped about pizza, bragged about having the brain of a 40-year-old, and recently called the Cowboys' loss to the Broncos "a moral victory" said Tuesday that an in-his-prime Primetime Deion Sanders could cover All-World wideout Calvin Johnson.
That would be the very same Calvin Johnson who had 329 receiving yards in the Lions' come-from-behind win against the Cowboys Sunday.
"Yes, I do. That's just it," Jones said Tuesday during an appearance on KRLD-FM (via ESPNDallas.com). "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."
In the pantheon of ridiculous words to cross Jones' lips this ranks pretty low. Sanders dominated his era, even if he wasn't big on tackling.
Surprisingly, Deion wanted no part of the "can you cover?" conversation.
Fans it's not fair to compare Then to Now! I realize it's fun and these kids can play but This Ain't THAT. Truth— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) October 29, 2013
So please stop asking me can I cover these kids 2day. They are GREAT. But I played against Receivers and Quarterbacks whom shaped this game!— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) October 29, 2013