NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When it comes to entertaining remarks, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be the very best in football.
But he didn’t have much in the way of a response Tuesday to Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton last week that it’s “got to be tough” for Dallas and the rest of the NFL “looking in on all of these championships lately.”
“It just reminds me that he’s right,” Jones told 105.3 the Fan in Dallas. “They have taken the bacon from us the last few years — and certainly last year.”
Jones even admitted he was “without a doubt … nervous” for the opener Wednesday night against New York, but said his team was “well prepared” and “ready to play.”
It was Jones who started the whole back-and-forth in late July, when he told an audience that the Cowboys would “beat the New York Giants’ a—” in Dallas this season.
The Giants were silent on the issue at first — typical for Big Blue under the stoic Tom Coughlin. Punter Steve Weatherford eventually issued a retort, telling WFAN radio “that’s the only thing they have to cheer about down there right now.”
Kiwanuka added his take weeks later, saying Jones should be keyed up because “the Giants have been whooping his a– for a long time.”
Jones couldn’t disagree, but still managed to take a subtle jab at New York.
“They played the regular season at 9-7,” Jones said of the Giants. “We do know that given a couple of completions, possibly we could have been in those same shoes. I don’t know of anybody that was playing better than the Giants were playing at the end of the year. So there is no doubt that we can, we could, we should have been focused on this opener and playing the New York Giants.
“And I don’t back away from that emphasis at all.”
Like Coughlin says: Talk is cheap, play the game. Who will come out on top Wednesday? Be heard in the comments below!