The Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season as the top team in the NFC, but an inability to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks caught up with them in the playoffs. Jerry Jones, who always has a way with words, said the Cowboys can fix their pass rush woes by adding a specific type of player to their defense: “war daddies.”
"If I have a chance to bring one of these premier pass rushers, one of these war daddies that takes two to block, if I have a chance to get a player like that, I would," Jones said Monday during an appearance on Dallas’ 103.3 FM.
Jones also said he’s willing to consider any and all available “war daddies,” whether they’re available via the NFL draft or free agency.
"It's a question of, where is he? And who gives him up if he's a veteran, or where is he in the draft, or where is he anywhere,” Jones said.
Texas A&M standout Myles Garrett, who may be the top pick in the 2017 draft, lobbied the Cowboys to trade up to select him, so that’s one option.
Jones has a reputation for using unbelievably country slang. When Tony Romo broke his collarbone in 2015, Jones described his own emotional state as “Just about as low as a crippled cricket’s ass.“
Early in the 2016 season, when asked about the possibility of placing Romo on injured reserve, Jones pulled out another insect-related colloquialism.
“You don’t have to spend a lot of time going over and kind of circumcising the mosquito,” Jones said, via the Dallas Star-Telegram.
Jones referred to quarterback Dak Prescott as “the daddy” after Prescott stiff armed Washington safety Donte Whitner on Thanksgiving Day. Prescott wasn’t sure about that description.
"I don't know what that means," Prescott said. "I have no kids. Don't want any."
The Cowboys do need to add some “war daddies” who can rush the passer, especially with Randy Gregory sidelined for a full season as he serves another suspension for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Demarcus Lawrence is recovering from a back injury. Dallas finished the season with 36 sacks, but 17 of those came after Dec. 1.
Jaylon Smith will be ready to play next season, and Jones believes Smith can be “an outstanding pass rusher” for the Cowboys.
Jones’ colorful language aside, upgrading the pass rush should be a focus for the Cowboys this offseason.