Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gives his thoughts on the NY Jets, Aaron Rodgers
Gang Green doesn’t have the privilege to mourn after the dream-shattering loss of Aaron Rodgers, as they are forced to travel to Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys on a short week. Ahead of their Week 2 matchup, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave his thoughts on the New York Jets and Rodgers’ injury in an interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday.
When asked about Rodgers’ injury and his reaction, Jones says he reacted like most fans watching the game. “Well, I was sick for everybody,” started Dallas’ owner. “Everybody. Every sports fan. We’re all sick about it. I don’t have anything that anybody else doesn’t have on the extent of his injury, but it just happened so suddenly and so quick.”
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“I will say this, when it happened I said ‘That’s the life we’ve chosen.’ Not for (Rodgers), but for everybody that relies on the help of a quarterback. It just reminded me of how fragile a season can be.”
Jones would then bring up a point that Jets fans could probably relate to – a good team succumbing to injuries that inevitably derail their season.
“Invariably, when I’m talking to anybody and they talk about disappointments, invariably, almost exclusively, you come to ‘We had a good team that year. Maybe the best team. And we got three or four injuries in the wrong place and it sidetracked us and kept us from being where we wanted.’ That’s not an excuse; obviously, I was proud of the way that Jet team performed and stepped up their act. That shows what kind of team they’ve got, and they’re loaded across the board at the Jets.”
Despite the loss of Rodgers, the Jets upset their divisional rival, the Buffalo Bills, in overtime en route to a 22-16 win. Because of that, Jones doesn’t think Week 2 will be a walk in the park for his Cowboys.
“This will be a tough game one way or the other,” exclaimed Jones.
The most-watched game in the history of ESPN Monday Night Football had a pretty great second half comeback…
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With an elite defense, New York has a legitimate chance to upset the Cowboys, even with head coach Robert Saleh naming third-year quarterback Zach Wilson as the starter going forward.
Wilson has struggled as a starter in the NFL. Since 2021, Wilson has posted the lowest EPA (Expected Points Added) among all qualified starting quarterbacks. Despite that, Jones all but confirmed that the Jets haven’t reached out to Dallas regarding Trey Lance or Cooper Rush – and that Jones isn’t interested in giving them away, either.