Jerry Jones on Johnny Manziel: ‘He’s Elvis’

May 10, 2014 – 5:18 am by Ryan Phillips
    Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys were often rumored as a potential landing spot for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick in the first round of this year’s draft. As things unfolded Thursday night, Manziel was still on the board when Dallas was on the clock, but they wound up passing on him. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has claimed Manziel was never really in consideration for the pick. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t the team’s top option.

The Cowboys wound up taking Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin instead. But Jones claims that Manziel was the top player on the team’s board when Dallas was up. Manziel ended up landing with the Cleveland Browns at No. 22.

On Friday after the dust had settled, Jones was more than willing to discuss Manziel. He even compared the 21-year-old to Elvis and called the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at celebrity.

Jones said he firmly believes that Manziel will be successful in the NFL, but that there was only room for one quarterback in Dallas. He also insisted that Johnny Football was too good to be a backup.

Jones had the following to say:

“It was too significant for him to be an insurance policy. There’s just too much dynamic here for him, for the franchise, for everybody. That’s just too much for insurance, and he’s not the usual development guy behind an accomplished quarterback. He’s a celebrity. He’s Elvis Presley.

“He’s got a chance to knock it out of the park, and we all know that.”

The Cowboys signed Tony Romo to six-year, $108 million extension last offseason and Jones made it perfectly clear that the 34-year-old veteran is his starting quarterback of the present and future. But it’s clear he had eyes for Manziel and probably considered making a splash by drafting him.

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  2. Mr. Jones then followed up his comments with “And anyway, we don’t draft quarterbacks. Duh.”

    When asked whether he was satisfied with the team’s final record in 2014 being 6-10 he replied, “Are you kidding? We sold out every game! I made a mint! We put on a show and were in the hunt for a playoff spot right up until the final weekend.”

    Nobody was more surprised than Mr. Jones when Tony Romo was sidelined by yet another back injury. Still, behind the valient efforts of backup Brandon Weeden the Cowboys had a chance to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009 by defeating Washington in the final game of the season. However, they were defeated under the heroic efforts of starting quarterback Robert Griffin, III who entered the game to a massive standing ovation after half-time. After the game, Griffin credited the successful implantation of cybernetic knees for his return to the game he loves and leading his team to their first victory of the season.

    Philadelphia will represent the NFC East in the playoffs with a 7-9 record.

    When asked about the future of the team, Mr. Jones repeated his firm belief in the future of the team under new Head Coach Bill Callahan who had been named Jason Garrett’s replacement seventeen milliseconds after the 3-0 loss to Washington. “Bill has a great vision for the future of the franchise and I am behind his decisions to the fullest extent.”

    As a final question on next year’s draft, Jerry Jones had this to say about drafting Jameis Winston with the first pick in the 2015 draft (obtained by trading an apple cart to Kansas City [having recieved the pick from Washington for a bag of moldy footballs]):

    “We have contacted Gerry Anderson about the possibility of obtaining his technology for producing the perfect signal caller this team needs. That gigantic monstrosity is more than just a video board, you know.

    And anyway, we don’t draft quarterbacks. Duh.”

    By Santa Claustrophobia on May 11, 2014

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