Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor
Welcome to ESPNDallas.com! On Tuesday, columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor stops by to chat about the Dallas sports scene.
Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.
Send your questions now and join Taylor Tuesday at noon CT/1 p.m. ET!
Raul (Rio grande city)
JJT, when do offseason work outs begins? R the guys hitting the weight room yet?
JJT (1:03 PM)
it doesn't start until March and lasts 10-12 weeks, if I remember correctly. Guys have to give their bodies a rest. They just can't grind 12 months a year.
Hey JJT, best option for the Rangers 5th spot in rotation: Martin Perez, Justin Grimm, Robbie Ross, or sign Kyle Lohse?
JJT (1:04 PM)
no interest in signing Lohse. He wants too much money for a dude who's just a guy. I'd let the young guys battle and see who wins. My suspicion is ross will wind up in the BP because he's a lefty and can pitch back-to-back w/o much issue
JJT, any chance the Rangers make a late run at Bourn or do they feel confident in Martin and Gentry?
JJT (1:05 PM)
Bourn signed with Cleveland yesterday. 4 years for $48 million, which could swell to 5 years and $60 million if he hits a vesting option
Mel (Colorado Springs)
Hi JJT, do you think the Rangers should have paid Bourn for the amount he got or do you think their CF platoon will work?
JJT (1:06 PM)
nope. And it doesn't matter if platoon of Gentry-Martin works. Bourn ain't worth $12 million a year. At his age, he's going to become more of a slap hitter. who cares about his speed, if he never gets on base
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
I am Just Curious Does the Texas Rangers & the Dallas Cowboys Share The Parking for Events?
JJT (1:07 PM)
nope. But they work together if need be for special occasions
Is it alittle odd that players like JJ Redick and Steve Blake (no disrepect) are in the NBA and Rashad Mccants cant get a call up from D-League. Can you explain this to me? Will we ever see him in the NBA again?Thnk you
JJT (1:11 PM)
Maybe, he can't play. The NBA loves talent. They wouldn't turn their nose up at a guy who can play. You can be a head case in the NBA, but your talent has to match the headache you cause. Delonte West is certainly capable of playing in the NBA, but he's no longer worth the headache.
Hi Jean. I know the switch to the 4-3 means the Cowboys need D-linemen, but shouldn't O-linemen be a bigger concern this year?
JJT (1:12 PM)
cowboys have a lot of holes. They need good players and, trust me, the position doesn't really matter. They could use help in a lot of areas
Is romo snake bitten or is he going to be the classic bridesmaid when it comes to ever getting far in the playoffs. It just seems he gets boys to the steps of the church but then plays poorly in the important game
JJT (1:14 PM)
He definitely needs some help, but it would also be nice to see him play his best football when it matters most. That hasn't been the case. It doesn't mean every time he's the reason the Cowboys have lost so many win-and-get-in games. It means he hasn't played his best football and put the Cowboys in position to win
Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)
Should dallas extend Romo's contract which seems very likely, do you think they'll off another year to draft his sucessor?
JJT (1:15 PM)
nope. I'd let him play it out. But the Cowboys are so cap-strapped they will sign him to a 6 or 7 year deal designed to get cap relief
Cain (Berwyn IL)
Do you think with rod marinelli coaching the defensive line could help the cowboys chances of signing Henry Melton?
JJT (1:16 PM)
The Cowboys don't have much money because of their cap issues. They have no money to sign a guy like melton
Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)
Speaking of sucessors, assuming dallas does draft a qb who they believe will be the future qb of the team which i also believe is very likely, which qb in the draft most makes you say "that guy can take over in 2-3 years after Romo leaves? My top two are Mike Glennon and Tyler Wilson ( although I'm a little shaky on Wilson), nonetheless i wouldn't say they made a horrible decision if they were to draft him.
JJT (1:20 PM)
Tyler Wilson might have a shot, but this is not a draft with anyone remotely close to Rg3 or Andrew Luck. There's not even a guy like Wilson, who received good reviews, he just wasn't tall enough. One of them will turn out good, but it;'s a total crap shoot right now. That could change after the combine
What grade would give you Collison and Mayo this year? Would you want to keep either for the right price? I think Carlisle's tough love while it is good at times, is sometimes bad when it looks like Collison is afraid to make a mistake like last night and passes up some open looks.
JJT (1:24 PM)
I'd give Collison a C and I'd give Mayo a C+ or a B-. Both have had some outstanding moments and both have had some poor moments. On the surface, Mayo would get a high grade, but when you look at the turnovers he's had at crunch time throughout the season and the missed FTs at the end of games, you can't give him a higher grade. Collison has done a lot of good things, but he struggled early and the Mavs sign a pair of 37-year-old point guards because he wasn't getting it done
JJT (1:24 PM)
I don't think that's true overall.
Josh K. (DeSoto)
Have anybody thought that maybe the reasons the Mavs aren't going to make a trade is because the offers aren't good enough? I mean you don't want to trade a good player (Marion/Vince/Kaman) for a bad deal just to be trading. The only team I can think of that can "afford" Marion and have young players and picks to give is OKC.
JJT (1:26 PM)
I'd say that's pretty accurate
What position/player do you think the Mavs will be taking in the upcoming draft?
JJT (1:26 PM)
the best player. They need help at every spot
the mavs goal this year is to get to .500 Is there a trade out there to help them get to there goal
JJT (1:28 PM)
Nope. You gotta come to grips. They're just not that good. They can't shoot, rebound or defend consistently. And they commit too many turnovers at winning time
Sherif (Washington DC)
Given the current cap situation, do Cowboys make any moves in free agency?
JJT (1:28 PM)
nope. Not enough cap room
G-Money (Chicago, IL)
Blessings JJT - Thanks for hosting today's chat. Were you persuaded at all by Dan Graziano's "rebuttal" to your article about making Romo play out his contract? Seems like he had some pretty strong points and that the overall situation would favor his approach.
JJT (1:29 PM)
nope. That said, i understand there's a difference between what the Cowboys should do and what they will do
Matt (Bennington, VT)
Any chance Garret or anyone else for that matter can keep Jerry from picking flashy players when we really need O-line and D-line for the first 3 or 4 rounds?
JJT (1:30 PM)
You just take the best players when it's your time to work and it'll probably work out right. The Cowboys need help on both lines, so they shouldn't have to force it. But we haven't even had the combine yet. We don't know who's going to shine and who's going to flop
Leprechaun (Somewhere O'er the Rainbow)
Do you think the change of D coordinators was approved or instigated by Garrett? If I am Garrett and I just have a year left to prove myself, I figure my best chances for success are sticking with the familiar rather than wiping the slate clean and starting all over new.
Mark (Cary NC)
Hello JJT - I know you are a proponent of drafting "highest rated player" on the board when Cowboys pick. Assuming at 18 the highest rated player is a TIE between an OLineman and DLineman - which would you pick and why?
JJT (1:35 PM)
I'd probably go with the OL just because it was so bad last year. The DL isn't great, but they might be able to add a DL in 2nd round. This should be a draft about the guys up front. Since 2000, there have been 222 OL and DL drafted in the first two rounds. The Cowboys have drafted five.
Per Todd Archer: According to the current top-51 cap figures for 2013, the Cowboys are at $137.833 million -- from Tony Romo at $16.818 million to Donavon Kemp at $480,000. That, however, does not include the remaining $5 million cap penalty the NFL levied last year. But here?s a small bit of good news: the Cowboys will carry over roughly $2 million in space from 2012 to eat up part of that penalty. That puts the Cowboys at about $140.833 million for 2013. That does not include draft picks or restricted free agent tenders, which will be in the Cowboys' budget. The Cowboys have a built-in trigger in Brandon Carr?s contract that will lower his $16.3 million cap number and save about $10.5 million based on how they structured his contract when he signed last year. They can re-work the deals of DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten and Miles Austin to roughly save another $11 million. The restructuring does not add money to a player?s pocket, nor does it take any out of it. It?s simply an accounting tool to help teams with the cap. There are a number of players that could be on the chopping block -- Doug Free, Dan Connor, & Lawrence Vickers-- and could create approximately $11 million in space. By designating Free as a post-June 1 cut, the Cowboys will free up $7 million of space in 2013. But since that wouldn't come off the books until June, they could use that money to sign their draft picks -- much the same way they did with the post-June 1 release of Terence Newman in 2012. The Cowboys also can create more room by signing Romo to a contract extension. With a new deal, Romo?s 2013 cap number could be cut almost in half (8M). *****All above saves 40M.........Leaves 20M in room*****They have the ability to sign players!
JJT (1:37 PM)
I don't think your math is right. Anyone you talk to with the Cowboys says there's not going to be much FA activity because they're so tight against the cap
Keith H (Seattle)
Seems as long as Jerry insists on "buying the groceries" the meal won't make it. With the holes and the cap issues, if the owner weren't the GM, the GM would have been fired by now. At least to this outsider. Your thoughts?
JJT (1:38 PM)
check out tomorrow's column on espndallas.com...The reality is he owns the team, so he's going nowhere
Given the Cowboys cap situation, the transition to a 4-3, and holes needing to be filled evreywhere, doesnt a "rebuild" seem to be in order? I usually hate the term "rebuild" because it feels like youre giving up on the immediate future, but I wonder if the only way out of this is to start focusing on the very long term, which would sort out a lot of the current problems over time, and most likely give them a brighter future. Do you agree?
JJT (1:41 PM)
It starts with not reaching in the draft. They gotta sign good players and Garrett has to put them on the field. The Cowboys, like most teams, are trying to rebuild on the fly
Kb (Somewhere near you)
Feeding off Josh k. do you think the mavs would trade someone for Perry Jones the 3rd from okc or is he just hype?
JJT (1:42 PM)
I don't know that they have anything OKC wants. That said, he's the kind of guy they would like to acquire, a youngster with immense potential
JJT (1:45 PM)
It's just too hard to predict. They have a starter and a backup. They're trying to win right now. They don't have time to draft a guy who won't contribute
raul (rio grande city)
JJT, As much as Dallas needs help on the OL I bet they take this kid Ansah from BYU. Supposedly this guy is the next coming of JJP of the Giants.
JJT (1:45 PM)
they can;t take a project. they need a guy who's ready to step in and play
JJT (1:45 PM)
It has been a good chat today. Let's do it again next Tuesday. Peace.