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November 6, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

JJT
  (1:03 PM)

let's roll

Karl (SD)

Kind of a weird question, but when it comes to inconsistent teams and QBs, are any two teams and two QBs linked together more than the Chargers/Cowboys and Rivers/Romo? The parallels are uncanny.

JJT
  (1:04 PM)

Ha! I'd say you're just about right.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

I Heard ESPN said that Tony Romo is the worst Quarterback in 2012, Do you think that is True?

JJT
  (1:06 PM)

Really? C'mon man. Without thinking I'd say Matt Castle from KC, Jamie Skelton in Ariz and Christian Ponder in Minnesota are far worse. That said, he's a good QB in the midst of a bad season.

Adam (Toronto)

The 2012-2013 Dallas Cowboys - so close, yet so far. How you like the slogan?

JJT
  (1:06 PM)

2012 Cowboys: Not Good Enough

Adam (Toronto)

so we saw how effective the no huddle was in that 2-3min TD drive. When Dallas' O does nothing for 2 quarters, doesn't Garrett do anything to make adjustments?

JJT
  (1:08 PM)

the biggest misnomer is that the Cowboys can run the no huddle and zip up and down the field. When they went with no huddle they were down two scores and the Falcons changed the way they played. A little softer because they didn't want to give up bug lay and Cowboys took advantage of it. Great for them. If that were the full-time offense, teams would adjust and it wouldn't be as effective

JJT
  (1:10 PM)

It's a nice change-of-pace tool and maybe it should be used more, but it's not a fulltime approach

Adam (Toronto)

This team lacks killer instinct. They never put opponents away when they have the chance. I know they're just an average team and not a very smart team at that, but does any of that come back to the coach?

JJT
  (1:10 PM)

I don't think it has that much to do with kliller instinct. That's too easy. Not enough game-changing players in this game

John (San Antonio)

I recently read that Jerry Jones was thinking of giving up his GM duties maybe after this season. If it does happen, who do you see him bringing in & does that open the door for a no nonsense type coach like Cowher or Gruden??

JJT
  (1:11 PM)

You read wrong. It'll never happen

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

When will we ever see dallas with a head coach who actually has a backbone?

JJT
  (1:11 PM)

like Bill Parcells?

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

There are always players who should be gone when the season ends, but always get another chance for some odd reason. Name three players you think will fall under that category when this season ends. I've got Felix, Arkin, and Spears.

JJT
  (1:12 PM)

Arkin can't play. I'd say Felix, Mike Jenkins and spears. Jenkins has the most talent of those three. Arkin might not even be in the league next year.

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

When will the Cowboys have a clear-cut no.1 Reciever? Dez and Austin will look good in games for the most part, but they always have that horrible screw-up or two

JJT
  (1:14 PM)

Austin should be the clear cut No.1 but for some reason Dez Has been targeted two more times than Miles. Miles is the better player, the more versatile player and should be a priority in the offense but that's not the way Garrett rolls

Dr Solaiman (Tulsa)

We all know the speculation and rumors that always seem involve Cowboys (GM changes .. yh right, Sean Payton, etc.) but what changes do you actually foresee the Cowboys making this season or in the off-season to get this organization headed in the right direction?

JJT
  (1:14 PM)

Let's see if Payton works out a new deal with Saints. If he does, Garrett will be coach. If not and Cowboys fail to make the playoffs, I think he'll make a run at Payton

John T. Gold (Salt Lake City)

Hey Jean-Jacques, I hope all is well.How many new starters on the o-line next year? Does Free have the ability to play guard?

JJT
  (1:16 PM)

I was just wondering about that the other day. I'd say two new starters. A center, for sure, and maybe a RG or RT. Free has much to prove in the last eight games

Blue Crush (Hawaii)

Looks like the Cowboys will be a 8-8 team this year. What's going to make this team better in the future new coach or new players?

JJT
  (1:16 PM)

players

juanito juanito (chihuahua mex)

whit a bad season, or bad teamates, romo what kind of contract extention he could have?

JJT
  (1:17 PM)

5 years and who knows how much cash

herb (austin, tx)

NO ACCOUNTABILITY - NO RESPONSIBILITYBad executive desisionsBad coaches from play calling to time managementBad play by our veteran team members (misroutes by receivers, drop balls, arm tackling attempts, pre-snap penalties (uggggg !!!)Bad to hear players/coaches are still working on the 'little things' ...really, at this point ?!?!JJT, seems our beloved Cowboys are slowly developing a culture of image only (The Star)...but, not of any type of a positive winning attitude.As a die-hard fan, I have seen a slow and dangereous decline these last few years....frustratingly sad.What say you JJT ?

JJT
  (1:17 PM)

true dat

D Lewis (Wichita Falls)

What are the Cowboys chances of making the playoffs?

JJT
  (1:18 PM)

i believe 9 3-5 teams have made postseason since 1990. Must win this week

raul (rio grande city)

JJT, how's it going? Do you believe in the mental toughness of training camp? When Jimmy was coaching...he would have his guys train in hot Texas weather... I think this Boys need to go back to Wichita ( Mid Western State) and sweat their tails off...Whaddaya Think?

JJT
  (1:18 PM)

new CBA rules prohibit that. Cowboys are tough enough. They;re not good enough

juanito juanito (chihuahua mex)

cowboys should select mostly inside offensive line in next draft? if yes what to do with the infamous guards signed this season?

JJT
  (1:18 PM)

bernadeau would be quality backup

Kevin (Arlington)

How optimistic are you about the mavs early season performance so far?

JJT
  (1:19 PM)

good start. Don't think anyone saw Mavs shooting 60 percent from 3-point land or Darren Collision averaging 16 points and 11 assists. It's early, so let's see how it goes. remember, this was always supposed to be the soft part of their schedule

Shawn (NC)

What's up JJT? Just wanted to say thanks for the shout out to my newborn son last week. Thanks a billion. What the heck are the cowboys going to do? We look dismal at best and I'm starting to lose faith. Will Demarco be back this week?

JJT
  (1:20 PM)

my pleasure. DeMarco out this week it appears

daryl (jersey city)

do you think tony would leave dallas and opt to be a free agent because of the disfunction on and off the field in dallas?

JJT
  (1:21 PM)

sure, but he's under contract for a year and Cowboys could franchise him for 2 more years. That's three years and he could leave at 35. He ain't going anywhere if Cowboys want to keep him

juanito juanito (chihuahua mex)

can stephen jones push is dad that fire gerrett if this year end bad, look like him is more smart or practical?

JJT
  (1:21 PM)

no. I don't think he's interested in doing that

will (west va)

What do you think about Bruce Carter performance Sunday against the falcons?

JJT
  (1:22 PM)

Fantastic performance by Carter. He showed his speed and physicality

Mike (TEXAS)

Do you think Josh Hamilton will get the contract he wants?

JJT
  (1:23 PM)

I just don't know what team wants to pay him $175 million over 7 years. That's insane given the way he quit last season and his off-the-field issues

Christopher (Lubbock)

Why did The mavs make a play for james harden if he was available?

JJT
  (1:23 PM)

what did they have to trade? nothing

Michael (Miami FL)

The past has shown that the number 3 receiver is an important jason garrett's offense. So when will the cowboys look for other options because Kevin is not consistent enough?

JJT
  (1:23 PM)

at the end of this season

Randy (IL)

The falcons got some serious YAC on the cowboys, what were they doing to create YAC during the game

JJT
  (1:24 PM)

Cowboys were in a lot of zone, so the Falcons found soft spots. Cowboys missed a ton of taxes

Victor (TX)

Jason witten just pass Mike, do you think he will get 1000 catches at the end of his career? and where do you rank him among all time cowboy receivers?

JJT
  (1:27 PM)

I would think so because he's going to play another 4-5 years minimum. I'd say Michael, Bob Hayes and Drew rank ahead and don't sleep on Tony Hill, who was outstanding

Sam (Linden Nj)

Do you agree with Jimmie Johnson that Jason should give up play calling and just be the head coach?

JJT
  (1:28 PM)

I wouldn't be opposed to it. There's nothing wrong with switching things up. But Garrett is stubborn. He also thinks he can fix it by calling plays.

Jeffery (Dallas) [via mobile]

Do you know anything about high school football?

JJT
  (1:29 PM)

Very little except Skyline is going to be tough to beat in the playoffs

darren (cali)

Lets Be real the Cowboys will Not get Sean Payton, so the cowboys are stuck with jason. but if jason did have a timetable how long do you think it is if the team doesnt improve?

JJT
  (1:30 PM)

I don't think you can say that. Let's see how quickly he works out a new deal with Saints. If he doesn't, then it gets interesting

pj (richmond)

bummed about Murray being out another week. will we see him the following in your opinion and will Boys take away passing or running vs eagles in there gameplan -

JJT
  (1:31 PM)

No one knows when Murray will return. They don't want to rush him and hurt his foot again. Take away Shady McCoy or it's going to be long night

Nate (College Station)

Will Johnny Manziel get invited to NYC if he beats Bama?

JJT
  (1:32 PM)

i would think so. Heck, he might get invited anyway

BG (Tampa)

Cowboys and Eagles having similar seasons. Any chance either could go on a run with a W this Sunday? Or too many issues with both teams?

JJT
  (1:32 PM)

It's not too late to make a run, but I haven't seen any tangible evidence it could happen

Ray (Rockwall)

Watching the MAVS for a week, do you think they will make the playoffs now? Looks to me like a better team than last year.

JJT
  (1:36 PM)

Right before season started, I wrote I didn't think they'd make playoffs this year. Before last season, last 4 8th seeds in West had averaged 46.5 wins and I don't think Mavs can get there. That said, Collison is playing well and OJ Mayo has been unconscious. Let's see if everyone is still playing this well in January. The Mavs started 0-3 last year and it didn't make me think the Mavs weren't going to the postseason last year

Jared (FL)

Hello, will Demarco Murray be ready this week against philly

JJT
  (1:36 PM)

nope

Daniel (Raleigh)

If Romo keeps playing the way hes playing do you see him gone? I think he has more turnovers then Vick. His contract is also up soon. How bout Garett? What about the rumors of Sean Payton can you see it happening?

JJT
  (1:37 PM)

nope. You gotta have a viable option before u get rid of Romo - and they don't

BG (Tampa)

Saw where Romeo gave up D coord to focus on being the coach. How open would Garrett be to doing the same now or in the future? Or does he follow the lead of his stubborn boss and juggle two jobs?

JJT
  (1:37 PM)

Garrett has no interest in that

Jared ((FL))

Could the Cowboys pick up value for Dez Bryant from a trade. He's too unprofessional to play football

JJT
  (1:37 PM)

then why would someone trade for him

Tweetinomglol (Fort Worth)

You have based your Mavericks predictions solely on the fallacy that the Mavs' offseason acquisitions were "unwanted" by other teams. After seeing Collison/Mayo/Kaman/Brand for a mere 4 games, I think you've been proven wrong. Do you actually have basketball reasons why this crew isn't a 50-win team?

JJT
  (1:43 PM)

If you read the column, then you wouldn't be asking. In order, here are the reasons I gave for why I didn't think the Mavs would make the playoffs: 1) they're a short team; 2) They're a bad shooting team; 3) they didn't have any player who averaged more than 13 points last season; 4) They don't rebound well; 5) they don't defend well; 6) Dirk is the only 34YO in the league being asked to be a star and be his team's best player; YOUR POINT 7) they acquired flawed players that other teams didn't want. Now, you can disagree with the points as much as you'd like, but don't act like they're not legit points since the mavs have been hammered on the boards and Carlisle has criticized their defense in the first 4 games

G-Money (Chicago, IL)

Blessings JJT - Thanks for hosting today's chat. A few weeks ago, you were preaching patience with Coach Garrett, citing the early careers of Landry and Johnson, and you suggested that JJ should give Garrett a contract extension that would allow him time to remake the team. But in your commentary after Sunday's game, you said you no longer believe in Garrett's team-building process and suggested that Payton might be a better option now that he's available. Sounds like flip-floppin' to me, brutha . . . So how would you explain your apparent change of stance?

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

I explained it during the column. I'd suggest you peep it again when you get a couple minutes. In a nutshell, I've always written Garrett gives Jerry the best chance to win given this dysfunctional organization. Payton provides a viable option because he's already everything you want Garrett to be and he's worked for Jerry, so he knows how to operate with him. Finally, Sports is always fluid. what's true today might not be true tomorrow. What's true this month might not be true next month and so on

John (New Jersey)

JJT, Enjoy your perspective - i have a tendency to focus on OL and LBs when watching a game. Amazes me how ofter the OL gets "beat down" during crucial times in the game. Not being in Big D, does the line receive the criticism that I think they deserve? Also extremely impressed w/ B Carter...we may have two keepers @ ILBs.

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

they been getting ripped all season and deservedly so

Jared ((FL))

Cowboys or Eagles next week and why?

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

it's tuesday, I haven't studied it yet. I'll have an answer on Twitter and Facebook later this week

Mitch (NC)

If Dallas ends up needing a new HC in the offseason, where do they rank among "places a head coach would want to coach for" compared to some of the other places that will probably be looking for a new HC (San Diego, Carolina, Philly, etc)? Does Jerry Jones make Dallas more or less attractive?

JJT
  (1:47 PM)

the Cowboys are liek Alabama, Michigan, USC, Ohio State, etc. They're a destination spot.

Justin (Dallas, the PA version)

I don't understand how we can continue to play this way without virtually any changes being made.... thoughts?

JJT
  (1:47 PM)

there aren;t a lot of viable options if you're talking about changing starters out

Rob Cagley (Shreveport, LA)

While i'm with the majority and am not happy about this season, do we not have to keep in mind that the Boys have played opponents totaling a 23-10 record? Also, 5 of 8 have been on the road. I mean, Giants twice, Bears, Falcons....thats a tough stretch. Maybe the Boys arent AS BAD as we think.

JJT
  (1:48 PM)

they're 3-5 for a reason

mitch (d-town)

mayo, collison, crowder..good building blocks for the future?

JJT
  (1:49 PM)

let's see. 4 games is 5 PERCENT of the schedule. Great start, but let's see.

Ghost of Doug Cosbie (DC)

JJT - love the chats. I think we lost the ATL game on the first drive, settling for 3 instead of getting a TD. Thoughts on the Philly game? We need to bury them early and keep the crowd out of it. Also, has Vickers been a bust, or just has not had a chance to develop with Murray being nicked for a month?

JJT
  (1:49 PM)

it wasn't settling, you can;t go for it on 4th and goal from 5. But not scoring TDs on those first 2 drives killed the cowboys

BFFL (Work)

JJT we got killrf over the middle AGAIN in the passing game whether its out safeties or our MLB's we cant keep getting torched threw the middle like that.

JJT
  (1:53 PM)

it happens sometimes when you play zone. The bigger issue was the missed tackles

raul (rio grande city)

Ya think Mack B is going to change his DC at the end of the year? Randy Shannon?

JJT
  (1:53 PM)

he must. No idea who he'll pick

BFFL (Work)

Why does Romo never got to witten down in the endzone hes a 6'6 260 lb TE with some great hands???

JJT
  (1:54 PM)

Probably because he's double covered

BFFL (Work)

I saw harris in alot towards the middle of the game and then towards the end they put back in ogletree when it was time to go no huddle is this a sign to come of us seeing more harris/beasley or was it just punishement for his dropped ball?

JJT
  (1:54 PM)

ogletree had a hamstring and missed practice, so they wanted to keep his load light

Web (Dallas)

Any predictions for the A&M/ Alabama game?

JJT
  (1:55 PM)

Bama 31, A&M 16. I'm interested to see how Johnny Football gets down

Jard (Florida)

How is Romo's back doing

JJT
  (1:56 PM)

fine

Jard (Florida)

Can you answer me one time? will Texas be a threat to Kansas State, last game of the regular season

JJT
  (1:56 PM)

sure. It's not like UT doesn't have players

Scott (Col Ohio)

Does anyone else see that we have been a top 10 offense in yards but struggle to score TDs in the redzone ever since Garrett came in a OC/HC and we have been one of the most penalized teams in that same time span mostly on offense we are not a diciplined Team and i believe you pay a OC to get you TDs in redzone not move the ball 20 to 20 anyone can do that. You Agree

JJT
  (1:57 PM)

hard to score inside 20 TDs when u can't run the ball. That said, it must be better

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

Demarco Murray has talent but he has the health issue. If he has great games but the injuries continue, is he a Cowboy after the 2014 season(assuming he isn't released before) or is he somewhere else?

JJT
  (1:57 PM)

too far off. Let's go year by year

Austin (Houston)

Can the Rangers possibly replace Hamilton's production?

JJT
  (1:58 PM)

he cardinals replaced Pujols. The rangers can replace Josh. It won;t be easy but it can be done

Chase (Dallas)

Cowboys have a Pro Bowl QB, RB, two Pro Bowl-type WRs, a HOF TE, one of the best young tackles in the league, a Pro Bowl NT, a HOF OLB, two stud ILBs, and two stud CBs. Of course you're going to point to 3-5, but how are the players "not good enough?"

JJT
  (2:00 PM)

You're going on the past, I'm talking about the present. On offense this year: Jason witten is only PB player. And he's a maybe. On defense, Ware is only true PB player. Ratliff may get there on reputation. The CBs are not studs. They good players. Carter is not a stud yet, Lee is there, but he's hurt. Tyron SMith has been above average this season. MIles and Dez have been average at best this season

Rick (TX)

Does Ian Kinsler get moved (either to another team or to the OF) to make room for Profar?

JJT
  (2:01 PM)

don't know yet,but Profar is playing next year., Maybe he's at shortstop

mike (Philly)

How can the cowboys be a top 5 defense and be totally inept at creating turnovers? Is it just bad luck?

JJT
  (2:01 PM)

lack of playmakers.

JJT
  (2:01 PM)

not enough dynamic players

Rick (TX)

What are the Rangers going to do with Michael Young next year?

JJT
  (2:02 PM)

same role

JJT
  (2:02 PM)

great chat today. The hour flew by. See ya next week