Apr 27, 2012; Valley Ranch, TX, USA; From left Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones , head coach Jason Garrett , first round draft pick Morris Claiborne and owner Jerry Jones pose with a jersey at a press conference at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Stephen Jones, who is the Dallas Cowboys' COO and Executive VP,
has reached his position after years of hard work in the NFL is also the son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. His team's first round pick from this year's draft, Morris Claiborne, has spent a good chunk of the summer injured and off the field. He first had surgery on his wrist and most recently sprained his MCL.
Let's check in with Stephen to see how he feels about that.
"Mo Claiborne's got to get out there," Jones said on Friday. "The times he's been out there, it's been impressive. But he certainly can't make the club in the tub, if you will. He's got to get out there. It's time. We got to start having a mentality that we're going to play through things.
"You don't ever see Jason Witten missing practice, and he's going on 10 [seasons]. He just won't miss. So, we got to have the young guys step up and play better."
Second, in an era where the commissioner is trying to show that the NFL cares about player safety, having what is ostensibly one of his owners say something like that has to make Roger Goodell's skin crawl. I would imagine that head coach Jason Garrett and the Cowboys training staff probably don't appreciate the boss' son, who has never had to work for a football job, commenting on the toughness of their players either.
And make no mistake about it, that's exactly what he's saying there. "He's got to get out there. It's time. We got to start having a mentality that we're going to play through things." means you need to toughen up. What other way could it be interpreted?
Understandably, this set off a bit of media frenzy... Which Jerruh's boy was flabbergasted by!
"What there is and what I meant to say is in general, at some point, these guys have got to get back on the field. But we were not in any way being derogatory toward Mo Claiborne. Period ... I have zero worry about Mo Claiborne. How that gets there is beyond me."
So it's beyond him how anyone could interpret you literally saying that Claiborne does not have the mentality to play through injuries is derogatory? Really?
Between little Stephen's temper tantrum about his player's toughness and his dad's search for a glory hole, the Cowboys braintrust has not exactly put on a media masterclass this offseason. But they have been entertaining!