Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones unsurprisingly believes his “scared” comments were misinterpreted earlier this week. On Monday, Jones said he is “scared” of the Cowboys’ Christmas Eve matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Friday, Jones made sure everyone knows what he really meant.
“Afraid of messing up has caused me to be more conscientious, has caused me to be more prepared,” Jones said. “I’ve said that all my life. Fear is a great motivator. Great. And especially in this sport.”
Since Jones’ original comments, several members of the Cowboys’ organization have stated they’re not afraid of the Eagles, including quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker DeMarcus Ware and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
One reason the Cowboys might be concerned about heading into Saturday’s contest is the health of running back Felix Jones, who hasn’t practice all week and is questionable for the game. Newly-signed running back Sammy Morris played well in his Cowboys’ debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has assured the media this week he’s ready if forced into a starting role.
The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East on Saturday with a win and a New York Giants loss to the New York Jets. However, Dallas is treating this like a must-win game, even though the Cowboys can still win the division in the season finale against the Giants. Jones insists he’s excited.
“It’s kinda like laying there the night before Santa Claus comes. It’s an exciting time. It’s hard to sleep. But it’s a good deal. It’s not a negative deal and carries with it all the emotion of what’s at stake for us. You’re allowed, I think, to look ahead to Santa Claus coming this time of year. I do that when I think about our team and where we are.”
Just to clarify, the Cowboys and Eagles square off literally on the night before Santa Claus comes. Merry Christmas.
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