Jerry Jones pretends he’s calling the shots instead of his son and Will McClay; pours honey into the ears of Cowboys fans. The General tweets one thing and then another, in either an epic crawfish or a follow-up clarification of some sort.
Earl Thomas Watch: Texans ‘On Hold,’ Cowboys Jerry ‘On Top Of It’
By Mike Fisher, SI.com
Excerpt from the article: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared on 105.3 The Fan to re-open ever-so-slightly the possibility of Thomas landing in his long-preferred destination of Dallas.
“I am aware that Thomas is out there, No. 1,” Jones said. “No. 2, I also am interested at this juncture of improving this team now, right now.
“And, so, you’d assume that I’m right on top of and I am. We are. And what we’re doing will be gauged by that. I know our fans don’t expect to know the details of what might be going on relative to this issue because it’s potentially very competitive and it’s also dependent on our evaluation and just how much we want to act on it. We’re very on top of this and very on top of doing anything we can do to help us the next game and for the rest of the season.”
13 minutes later at 3:25 p.m.:
And then an hour later he tweets this:
What? Definitive, absolute certainty in the 1st and 2nd tweet. In the 3rd tweet it’s just a dead issue “this week” and “they haven’t closed the door on him…” What happened in an hour that has him backing away from his original statement? If he misunderstood his source, why not own up to it. Did someone with the Texans org contact him to clarify, and if so then why not simply share that bit of info with followers. Why make two one-sentence tweets when the 2nd tweet could’ve been added into the 1st tweet. There’s just a sloppy handling of this by McClain, which affects credibility.
Nine minutes later, this tweet from Schefter, which McClain retweeted:
8:22 p.m., detective McClain still on the case:
Occam’s razor is the principle that, of two explanations that account for all the facts, the simpler one is more likely to be correct. In what world would a fake excuse be given to the player’s agent, and remember said agent also represents Deshaun Watson, when the NFL offices could easily take umbrage with that fake excuse and call it out as being bunk? That would be a helluva’ risk to take, wouldn’t it?
Here’s what we know: Lots of fines for HCs who aren’t wearing a mask on the sideline. Texans-Vikings game and Titans-Steelers game possibly postponed due to positive tests. Raiders catching heat for a social event indoors and photos of many people not wearing masks. And, according to this tweet the NFL asked teams to review procedures for bringing in new players in light of the Titans COVID-19 cases. What if the Texans were just…being cautious and not wanting to potentially have a COVID-related P.R. snafu on their hands, and decided to hold off and figure out how to bring him in and not run afoul of the League Office?
Who knows how this all shakes out. Either the agent was told an outright fib, or the Texans got cold feet and stretched the truth a bit in a game of semantics to deflect or engineer a plausible excuse to rescind the workout invitation, or the Texans explanation to the agent is on the up and up. Still have yet to see any of the NFL media big fish report anything to the contrary regarding the last tweet up above. McClain is doing twitter gymnastics, and Jerry Jones is swooping in like he’s informing fans that he’s on top of this and baiting Cowboys fans into a false hope. 2020 stays weird.
On Clint Stoerner & The Show, they had McClain as a guest and they were asking him why this is happening. At the end of the segment McClain says he plans to ask O’Brien about the situation in what I think McClain said is a Wednesday’s presser. Let’s see how that goes. /GrabsPopcorn
Annnd at 1:11 a.m right as I’m headed to bed, I was surfing twitter (one last time!) and Aaron Wilson posts this. Is “it will all work out in the end” meaning with the Texans or with another team?