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May 22, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:02 PM)

Watching Law & Order, while I try no to let my kids - 8

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:04 PM)

I'd say home next month against the Arizona Diamondbacks

Nick (Iowa)

The more I hear about Flacco being a better quarterback than Romo the sicker and sicker i get. This is a classic example of people hating on the Cowboys, not Romo's ability. Where would you have ranked Romo among NFL QB's?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:05 PM)

No, but I don't think Flacco is anything special. He's a solid QB, but nobody thinks he;s the focal point of their team. The Ravens are about defense and Ray Rice, then Flacco becomes the central figure. The Cowboys are all about Romo

raul (rio grande city)

JJT, If David Arkin gets cut...did he get a raw deal...he did not have the benefit of OTA's last season...but neither did Nagy or Kowalski....I remember hearing the audio on the Cowboys website where Jerry is very excited about this pick. What's your take on this?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:06 PM)

Arkin ain't getting cut until the end of training camp, if then. Way too early to know how he's going to do

jfb (dfw)

Could you trade Beaubois or Wright or Dojo to a lotto team 12-14 range for their first, if so, would you do it w/ this being a deep draft and maybe getting 2 top 17 players out of this draft?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:06 PM)

I don't know why a team in the 12-14 range would want them

jfb (dfw)

If Beaubois, Dojo, or Wright were in this NBA draft where would they go?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:07 PM)

no idea. I study the NBA draft less than the NFL draft

bryan (Maryland)

Does Mike Jenkins have any leverage with the cowboys or does it look like he will have to play his contract out?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:08 PM)

he has no leverage because he was hurt much of last season, even though he fought through it. Plus, he's in the last year of his deal. No one is going to trade anything worth a flip for him. His best bet is to play well in Dallas and make himself a desirable FA

Sean (Carol City Fl)

More Pressure on Carr or Claiborne to make a big impact?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:09 PM)

probably Claiborne since he got paid and as a FA he's supposed to arrive ready to ball as opposed to Claiborne who still must navigate his way around the NFL

Pete (texas)

The cwoboys ahd 5 rushing touchdowns all of last year, how can they increase that next year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:12 PM)

A full season of DeMarco Murray will help as will better play from the interior offensive line - center and two guards - when the Cowboys move inside the 10.. It also requires a commitment to run the ball

Franny (Arlington)

If the ranger made a trade by the deadline, what part of there tema would they boost?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:13 PM)

probably rotation - even if they have to deal an asset such as Matt harrison. The lineup is good. Gentry is doing a nice job in CF when Hamilton plays left and Moreland has been pretty good at 1b. Still I could also see them making a move at 1B, if they could get a big-time masher. The bullpen is good. The rotation, aside from Yu, has been average for a month

vic (tx)

Who's a dark horse in your opinion on the cowboys that can emerge as a good player for them this upcoming season?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

good question. Doug Free can get back to being Doug Free. Bruce Carter needs a big year.

Adam (Toronto)

If you're JJ, what would you take in trade for Jenkins or do you simply tell him to suit up and try to resign him? Has that ship completely sailed?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

shut up and play

Timothy (NC)

Any package that dallas could give up to get Dwight Howard?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

only if it includes Dirk

Free (NJ)

Will Jason Terry Return next year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:17 PM)

I wouldn't think so. He wants a 4-5 year deal AT 34. The Mavs won't go there. They'll offer him a 1-year deal. Or a 2-year deal at the most. So Jet will be on the runway somewhere last year

jon (south carolina)

Will bruce carter be more then just a kevin burnett?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

Carter will be making progress if he CAN be Kevin Burnett. This is a huge year for him. he must prove he can play. No handouts on this team anymore we've been told

William (Florence AL)

Do you like sean lee's game and do you think he has probowl potential down the line?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:20 PM)

yes. he's a playmaker. He hangs around the ball and has a knack for making plays

Gerry (Tex)

Spurs/Thunder who ya got and how many games?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:21 PM)

reluctantly, I pick the spurs in 7. I'd really like to see OKC in the finals because I love the way they play the game

Jason (Dallas)

I don't agree with Mike Jenkins' stance, but do you really think there will be open competition for the starting CB jobs? I have a hard time believing that a CB they paid $50 million for and one they traded up a lot to get with the 6th pick won't be given the starting jobs regardless. There's a role for Jenkins but it's as a key backup.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:24 PM)

He can play well enough to make the Cowboys have to make a difficult choice. Pro sports is about competing. Bobby Carpenter was a first-round pick who didn't earn a starting job. We think Claiborne can play, but what if he's a bust? Come in and earn your job - or at least compete for it. He's getting paid $1 million. No tears from me

Stephen (MY CRIB)

If the current cowboys roster was on the field last year against the giants, do they win?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:24 PM)

ultimate hypothetical. You should play it on Madden bro

Erick (NYC)

How will the cap hit affect the cowboys in the rookie signing?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

it just makes their budget tighter in FA in the offseason. On June 1, they'll start signing players when Newman's contract comes off the books. The cap hit is not a big percentage of their cap, even though every little bit helps

Maryann (bloomfield Nj)

More likely to come back next year after a great season felix or jenkins?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

felix, though I don't think either will return

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Why can't fans just celebrate a victory without acting a fool afterward? Hopefully, eveyone pulls through okay. Last I heard, one person was critical. It just old and pathetic.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

a lot of dumb folks out there in the world

tony(dallas) [via mobile]

Do u see any way that the grizzles give up rudy gay for basically nothing just so they won't be in the luxury tax? If so does Dallas have a shot at him?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:27 PM)

No. But maybe I'm wrong. He would help because he can score.

Norman (NY)

The arbitrator in the Cowboys Redskins cap penalty case is a professor in U of Penn. Any chance JJ and Dan Snyder claim Eagle bias?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:27 PM)

i don't think o...lol

Yogi (Alaska)

Do the Cowboys have their #3 WR on the roster?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:28 PM)

i don't think so. He probably won't get added until the week of the first game

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

This Thunder team has no idea what they are about to run in to....agreed?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:29 PM)

Why not? They had a much tougher route in beating the Mavs and Lakers than SA, which beat Jazz and Clippers. They went to the conference finals last season and have three legit scorers and a defensive specialist. It should be a great series.

Steve (Seattle)

Hypothetically if Mike Jenkins decided to sit out the year, he would not become a free agent, right? Dallas would still own him for a season not played??

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:40 PM)

yes, they would still own his right and then he'd be another year away from FA. That's a really bad idea

Jack (Colleyville)

What are the Mavs going to do if they don't land Deron Williams? Does Cuban hopefully have some plans up his sleeve to make some big acquisitions?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:40 PM)

big, big problems because they're going to have all of this cap space and no one to spend it on. This approach was a gamble from the stat and nothing has changed

Jordan (Lewisville)

Have the Rangers been overrated in that some national pundits have been claiming them an all-time great team and far and away the best team in MLB? I say they are a very good team but don't have dominant starting pitching and therefore are far from a lock to win it all.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:42 PM)

no. The baseball season is about ebb and flow. The Rangets are doing the same thing they did last year. They had a hot streak 16-5. They'll play .500 for a month or so and then rip off another hot streak. Play .500 and rip off another and at the end of the year, they'll be 25-30 over .500. Every AL team not named baltimore or Boston is 4-6, 5-5 and 6-4 in their last 10 games

Corey (D.C.)

For the last several years Jason Witten has been Romo's favorite target. Do you think we will see a % shift to Dez and Austin, or will the attention they receive force even more balls to Witten? Thanks!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:43 PM)

witten is among the best in the game. he's going to get his opportunities. He's the guy who moves the chains and he's tony's security blanket

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Does JJ bring Texas or TCU into the SWC next year to increase the interest and profile of the game?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

not a bad idea. If he can get the right matchup, he'll do it

Boys Fan (TX)

Bigger problem Cowboys still have interior Oline Depth or Pass rusher not name DeMarcus Ware?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

interior OL. The guards and center are average at best right now

Matt (Dallas)

What do you think of the idea of picking up Roy Hibbert in free agency? How much would you pay for him? and will he be available if the Mavs are interested?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:45 PM)

he's a restricted FA. The Pacers won't let him get away. They'll match any and every deal

Corey (D.C.)

In my opinion if you swapped Romo and Flacco for next season, Dallas would get a little better and Baltimore a little worse.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:45 PM)

i'll buy that

Justin (Ft. Worth)

What are you expecting out of Felix Jones this season? Is he basically just a nice change of pace back-up and that's his ceiling?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:46 PM)

I'd say he is what he is. A nice change-of-pace runner who doesn't have the temperament or desire to be the MAN

Corey (D.C.)

Surely you can acknowledge the Spurs are very good right? Even historically good? Youre almost acting as if the Thunder are favorites by far.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:49 PM)

I said I thought the Spurs would win in 7. The Spurs have a better bench and went 2-1 against them in regular season. The Spurs won 50 games and Thunder 47. But Mavs and Lakers are tougher opponents than Jazz and clippers. The Spurs have won 18 straight, so I give them a slight edge. But they're not head and shoulders better than OKC. They have an experience edge and home court and Pop is better. All of that equals a Game 7 win to me

Mark E Mark (Suffern NY)

Arod, Carmelo, Romo. See any similarities?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:49 PM)

nope

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Please no Danny Coale at WR! I'm tired of the short fast white guy in the slot trend

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:49 PM)

he's not short. Don't buy into stereotypes.

Mark E Mark (Suffern NY)

Forget Yankees as asked in my last question. Do the knicks or cowboys win a championship in my lifetime if i live to be 100? (another 42 years to go, lol)

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:50 PM)

absolutely. but u might be in a nursing home

raul (rio grande city)

JJT, Dallas was eyeing Cyrus Gray in the middle rounds but someone drafted him a few spots ahead of them...is Gray better than Tanner?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:50 PM)

no idea. I have no way to judge them against each other

Steve (Middlesex, UK)

Has Jason Garrett upgraded the coaching staff with the offseason appointments or will the upgrade in player personnel particularly in the secondary point toward being the reason for the potential improvement

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:52 PM)

I think so, but we won't know the answer until camp or the season begins. Then we'll have some tangible evidence

jeff (minn)

how many more solid years does witten have left?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:53 PM)

2-3 as epicenter of offense. 1-2 as quality backup

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Many experts say that Gasol is out the door because of his cap number and softness. But can the Lakers really trust the erratic Andrew Bynum after giving him the mega extensiion in July it would take for him to stay in LA? Is Bynum-Howard still a possibility?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:54 PM)

I wouldn't trust Bynum. He has a loser mentality. I couldn't care less about his talent. Being a winner is much more about mentality than talent. You have to have talent, but mentality - the desire to compete and win - is a necessity. Bynum doesn't appear to have it

Mark E Mark (Suffern NY)

If you had to be Nostradamus and predict Garret's future, do you think he turns this team around soon or will he be added to the list of Phillips, Campo, Gaily, et al?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:55 PM)

I like Garrett as a coach. I think he knows what must be done to put a winner together

Dez Bryant (The Hood)

JJT, do I have much as pressure as Romo to stay healthy and have a monster season in 2012 for the Cowboys?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:56 PM)

yep. If u wanna get paid,then u better show up this year and ball out

Steve (Seattle)

Jamaal Jackson, Jason Brown, and Jeff Faine all out there and under 31 for the Center position. They may not be pro bowlers but they are better than what Dallas is going to force on us!!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:57 PM)

then why are they out there. Just guys. You're better going with young dudes with potential

mark (wyoming )

should rangers be woried about darvish after his terrible performance yesterday? that was definitly the worst he has pitched all season .........

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:57 PM)

King Felix allwoed 8 runs in his last start. The Ranger put 8 on Jared Weaver. it happens

Robert (Dallas)

JJ is it time to start letting Mitch Moreland Play more, He is really hot right now and I believe most of his issues last year were wrist related. I see him as a 25 hr guy if he gets playing time

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:58 PM)

he still can't hit lefties. a .188 average last time I checked.

COWBOY DARYLE (BAY AREA)

Are you at all surprised that the Cowboys got 1 MNF game this upcoming year, I am kind of pissed off when the likes of SD, CHI have 3 and for what .

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:59 PM)

nope. They got a saturday game and thursday, I think. In addition to Thanksgiving Day. They always get a good number of national TV games. I have no complaints.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:00 PM)

ravens would be better with romo than Cowboys with flacco. Got it?

Ruben (San Antonio)

Who do you have winning the west, and will they win it all

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:01 PM)

Sa, though I'd rather see OKC win, and yes they will beat whoever the East has to offer.

Jared (Florida)

Is there anything to Mavs can realistically do this offseason or even next to build a team to compete with Oklahoma City? I guess you never know what the future holds, but that team looks set for the next 5 years with their core.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:01 PM)

it doesn't look like it. The Thunder appears to be the face of the west for the next 5-6 years. They won't win it every year, but the road will go through them

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:03 PM)

This has been a terrific chat. A lot of thoughtful questions. I appreciate it. If u want to continue the conversation, then hit me on twitter @JJT_ESPNDallas. Peace.