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Looks Like Owens Is Still A Star

Bryson Treece

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"You and I both know that the one you are asking about all the time, if I have an answer for . . . if I gave you the answer you want to hear, then you would already have had it, so the fact you don't have it ought to tell you something. Or it should."

I'm sure you've all seen it by now ... it's been on every Cowboys related headline since the words were first spoken. Jerry Jones found a way to once again let himself be open for interpretation.

A lot of you have expressed confusion over what he said, but let's look at it and see just how clearly he answered the T.O. question.

"If I gave you the answer you want to hear ..." We all know that most of the beat writers that were at that press conference have been spouting off about the T.O. situation. Most of them, most of the time, have expressed their desire to see Owens released. So my take on this answer is that Jones is saying if we were going to hear Owens will be released, we would have heard it by now.

Your guess is really as good as mine, but if I were a betting man, I'd bet strongly in favor of keeping Owens after hearing a statement like that. Only time will tell if Jones backs it up.

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11 Comments
  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Oh yes, I was happy with that part as well. I also haven’t seen one member of the media quote that part yet … funny shit.

    I was actually caught by the “figment of the result” remark. Never heard it put like that before, but it is true when it comes to T.O. and a lot of the doom and gloom spin the media is putting on this team.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com Joe C

    Good to news to me!

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com Joe C

    “You didn’t hear about those things when we were winning. You hear about those kinds of things when we’re losing. So I’m just not. And if y’all knew more about some of the things that you write about, you wouldn’t be as concerned.”

    HAHA hell yeah, fuck those clown media reporters.

  • http://firegmjerry.com Mike

    I’ll agree that TO isn’t the only issue, but I can’t imagine he helps the chemistry in the locker room at all. Sad as it might be, I think this team has a way to go…IMHO letting TO go might be the best thing for this team.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    You’e right, there’s still a ways to go. My thought on it is simply that if you’re going to struggle to get past something anyway, you might as well keep the most talented players you can while doing it.

    Then again, I also feel that the media pocketed some of the side show for their own.

  • Gage2219

    Good its about time Mr. Jones came out and told the reporters off. (So to speak) Now maybe we can get on with concentrating on next season and the media can begin to brainstorm other ways of trying to sabotage our team. I am getting so irritated with the way they can make a story out of nothing and turn it into the biggest thing in all of sports. Find another scape goat to better off your lousy carrer galloway and try writing about someone other than TO. If your mind can take you that far!!!

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    amen

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Well yeah … Given the way the media chews up anything T.O. related, that’s about the only good way to handle it.

    The media makes me sad ……

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Thank you … I appreciate the support.

  • Shaun Wellman

    The fact is that if J.J. had ever said he’s keeping Owens, the media would interpret that he had considered releasing him.

    We all know how bad things can get when T.O. wants to be with a team, so imagine how bad things could get if he had felt like his job was on the line this off-season.

    Things in that locker room would go from bad to worse.

    The comments that Jerry has made, “I believe” were designed to say that no decision has been made because there is no decision to make. Jerry is trying to present a unified front to the fans, the media and of course that team.

  • Shaun Wellman

    And by the way this is my first time visiting and posting on this site.

    I have got to say that I love the content so far.

    Keep up the good work.

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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David Irving

After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.

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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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David Irving

[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

ORIGINAL STORY

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.

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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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Jaylon Smith Voted Cowboys' Ed Block Courage Award Winner 1

A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.

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