Talking Tuna

Between them, Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells have five Super Bowl rings, two giant egos, and one flat-lining franchise. Will their relationship revive the Cowboys?Between them, Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells have five Super Bowl rings, two giant egos, and one flat-lining franchise. Will their relationship revive the Cowboys?

PARTICIPANTS:

Senior executive editor Paul Burka

Senior editor and longtime Cowboys reporter Gary Cartwright

Nationally syndicated columnist and former Cowboys reporter Skip Bayless

Burka: Let’ get right to the point: Can Bill Parcells bring the Dallas Cowboys back to the Super Bowl?

Bayless: Of course he can. The Cowboys will win, and win quickly, because he and Jerry are two old warhorses who are facing their mortality as they enter their sixties, and they both want to win at least one more Super Bowl. They know they have to make this partnership work if they’re going to get what they want.

Cartwright: No way. Not as long as Jerry Jones is the general manager, president, owner, and most of all, the manager of the salary cap. In 1995, to prove he could win a Super Bowl without Jimmy Johnson, Jerry paid Deion Sanders $35 million. He won his Super Bowl, but he crippled the Cowboys for the next seven years. They had no salary-cap room to go after the top free agents.

Bayless: But now it’ different. The Cowboys have salary-cap flexibility, and the good thing about Jerry Jones is that there are only six or eight owners in the league who really, really want to win and are willing to write that big bonus check. Jerry is one of them. He will pull the trigger and make the big move that will put them at the top.

Cartwright: One or two big moves aren’t going to fix their huge holes. The Cowboys have an atrocious record for drafting defensive ends, and they have got to have a shutdown cornerback. On offense, I don’t think Chad Hutchinson is the answer at quarterback. He reminds me of Craig Morton back in the seventies, a big guy with a strong arm but very slow afoot.

Bayless: Gary, Phil Simms [the Super Bowl quarterback for the New York

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