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News » Jones explains logic of gag order Owner says there have been inaccurate reports on team this off-season


Jones explains logic of gag order Owner says there have been inaccurate reports on team this off-season


Jones explains logic of gag order Owner says there have been inaccurate reports on team this off-season
INDIANAPOLIS - As owner and general manager of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones will be the lone voice of the franchise.


After the season ended, Jones told the coaching staff, including head coach Wade Phillips, to not speak "independently" to the media in the off-season, which is a departure from the policy in place since Phillips took over in 2007.

"You can't get the full picture unless you visit with me," Jones said Saturday before leaving for dinner with the coaches, scouts and medical personnel in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine.

Jones has been upset with what he feels have been inaccurate stories this off-season. He specifically mentioned a story regarding an internal debate between himself and the team's executive vice president, Stephen Jones, regarding Terrell Owens' future and a report of players visiting Jones' Highland Park home to discuss personnel.

Jones said both stories, which cited sources, were incorrect.

"Where I'm coming from here, I just want to make sure you're not getting bits and pieces of information," Jones said. "That's not doing anybody any good, and you're not making accurate reports."

Jones, who said he would meet with the regular beat reporters either today or Monday, said he is still evaluating roster decisions, even with Free Agency approaching Friday.

Jones disagreed with the idea that Phillips' authority would be undermined by not being allowed to speak to the media.

"It's well known that relative to our personnel decisions, who makes that decision," said Jones, who has had final say on personnel matters since purchasing the team 20 years ago. "All I'm trying to say is, basically, that's where you need to go to see where the status of that decision is. That's where you need to go. That's what we're trying to avoid. What's happened this off-season, there's been a lot of misinformation."

Ray Lewis watch: The Cowboys won't be as flush with salary-cap room as other teams when Free Agency begins next week, but that has not stopped the Ray Lewis-to-Dallas speculation.

Baltimore executive vice president Ozzie Newsome does not want to lose the heart of his team. The Ravens have had discussions with Lewis' agent since the season ended, but it looks like he could be eligible to hit the open market Friday.

"Ray has a very good relationship with Coach [John] Harbaugh," Newsome said. "He has a very good relationship with [owner Steve Bisciotti], and he and I have a very good relationship. I think he realizes where our Football team is at right now in that we have Joe [Flacco] and that we can contend in our division and in our conference to try and get him to another Super Bowl. So I think those things are in place, but economics always play a big part of it."

The Cowboys' focus in the off-season will be to sign their own Pro Bowl linebacker, DeMarcus Ware, to an extension that would likely eat up most of their salary-cap room.

Double duty: Phillips will serve as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator this season, according to Jones.

Will that spread the head coach too thin?

As head coach, Phillips has more commitments that make it difficult to be in all of the meetings. He has former coordinators Todd Grantham (defensive line) and Dave Campo (secondary) on his staff who can help formulate the game plan.

New Denver coach Josh McDaniels can relate, because he will serve as offensive coordinator as well.

"Some of the things are going to have to be delineated, but at the same time, I'm going to be involved," McDaniels said. "I'm looking forward to that. It could have more of an affect on the other side of the ball where they've got to get comfortable, but I think that should work itself out by the time we enter that part of the year."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 23, 2009

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