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December 4, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

JJT
  (1:01 PM)

We're rolling hard and fast today for about 45 minutes. Let's Goooooooo!!

Chris T (Las Vegas)

JJT,Why does Jason Garrett continue to trot out Doug Free at RT? I know he is paid like a franchise tackle but he may just be the worst performing offensive lineman in the NFL. When he is not penalized he is a revolving door of people running right by him

JJT
  (1:04 PM)

clearly, he thinks Free is better than Parnell. The reality is backups rarely get snaps during the week, so they tend to be rusty. In the middle of a game that doesn't always translate to better play than the starter. Still, u wonder what a dude has to get benched.

Chris T (Las Vegas)

It seems as though every week, Jason Garrett is completely overmatched by the opposing coaching staff and the team is unprepared for what their opponents are doing. How much longer can Jerry let this happen?

JJT
  (1:05 PM)

You make a good point. We'll see. As long as Sean Payton remains in play, anything is possible with this job

marc (florida)

Which Vet do you think will most likely get cut next year Ratliff, Miles, Free or gerald?

JJT
  (1:06 PM)

Free would be at top of the list. Ratliff may be asked for pay cut. Miles too. Sensabaugh is fine

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

How do you think that the Dallas Cowboys will do at Cincinnati on Sunday?

JJT
  (1:06 PM)

lose

Adam (Toronto)

Has Dez "begun" to figure it out? He seems more focused, not making some mistakes he was making earlier on.

JJT
  (1:09 PM)

focused is one of the more overrated words in pro sports. What's happening, I think, is that he's practicing better and studying better and that's resulting in better performances. Now, he understands what you do on Wed, Thu and Fri translates to Sunday

Adam (Toronto)

This Cincy game feels like one of those vintage Cowboys choke games. Thoughts/prediction?

JJT
  (1:09 PM)

Is it choking if u lose to a better team on the road? I don't think so. Cincy has won 4 straight

Talon (Decatur, IN)

Do you know what the cap ramifications will be WHEN (not if) Dallas cuts Free in the offseason.

JJT
  (1:11 PM)

haven't looked it up lately. Check out ESPNDallas.com. I believe todd archer wrote about it last week

Tom (NC)

miles austin looked pretty good last week. can we count on him being back on the practice field tomorrow?

JJT
  (1:11 PM)

from all accounts he came out of it with his hamstring OK

Jason (Delray FL)

Will the cowboys consider swapping doug free for parnell if he continues to struggle?

JJT
  (1:12 PM)

If he hasn't replaced him by now, it would seem unlikely that he's going to make a change now

cowboys although win (chihuahua mex)

you think is a posibility that payton be available for next season

JJT
  (1:12 PM)

until he signs a new deal, absolutely

cowboys although win (chihuahua mex)

for you, spencer and free, back next season ?

JJT
  (1:13 PM)

Spencer. Free ain't returning at a large cap figure

Shane (Robins Air Force Base, GA)

JJT, I was blogging about the Cowboys, who, along with the Chargers, I have as my most underachieving teams of the past decade, and I noticed the Cowboys have only drafted two Pro Bowlers in the last 5 years: Nick Folk and Michael Jenkins. Great teams are build by drafting well, resigning good draft picks before they hit free agency, and then augmenting your team through free agency. Do you think Jerry Jones will ever realize that?

JJT
  (1:14 PM)

he realizes it right now; he just hasn't executed it. He re-signed, Free and Scandrick and Miles. Just because u know something doesn't mean u can execute it

james hickson (nyc)

Whats happening on defensive thats preventing the cowboys from stopping the run consistently?

JJT
  (1:14 PM)

inside LBs are ernie sims and dan connor - not Sean Lee and Bruce Carter

daryl (jersey city)

I why hasn't Rob Ryan Press more this season in your opinion? seems like the receiver are getting alot of free releases

JJT
  (1:15 PM)

trying not to give up big plays. But it ain't working.

Danny (Chi-town)

is it True that Ware is playing with a Neck injury?

JJT
  (1:15 PM)

he's more susceptible to pinched nerves in his neck than most players. He gets them often

Eddie (Lubbock)

Do you think Demarco will be back to 100 percent at some point this season?

JJT
  (1:16 PM)

nope. You're lucky he's back at all this season

Sean (TX)

is Dez playing himself into the probowl discussion?

JJT
  (1:19 PM)

Maybe. Megatron, Victor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald off the top of my head will probably go

Rashad (brooklyn)

The way i see it is the cowboys offense is going have to step up and play lights out if the cowboys are going to make the playoff because i dont trust the defense. Do you think romo and those boys can step up these next four games and carry the team?

JJT
  (1:20 PM)

check out today's column on espndallas .com http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4702501/cowboys-must-give-the-ball-to-their-playmakers

kevin teague (Newport va)

Do you think the passing game opened up because of the attention that dez was getting or murrays return?

JJT
  (1:21 PM)

murray's return. You had to respect running game and it opened up passing game. WItten down the seam. Miles scored on play-action

harper (columbia,sc)

we a need head coach who is going to put some toughness in this team. when i look at other teams like the bears , ravens, texans and steelers. they are some physical teams. because everytime watch the cowboys they are getting out physical every game this year.

JJT
  (1:21 PM)

it starts with OL. You need tough players. It takes time.

Daniel (Ga)

Would the cowboys ever consider putting dez back as a returner again?

JJT
  (1:22 PM)

why? Dwayne harris is doing fine at that job

Fenster (LBI NJ)

With the thought that we wont qualify for the post season, is it reasonable to be negative that we wont be in a decent enough position financially to sign 2 quality offensive lineman?

JJT
  (1:22 PM)

it depends on who they are. You don't pay guards BIG money in OL. They better off drafting guys they can control with low salaries in first couple of rounds. They need to draft some nasty

nate keyman (sioux falls)

JJTIF the cowboys draft a quarterback in the april draft what class of 2012 quarterback will fit in with the cowboys.

JJT
  (1:23 PM)

sorry, I don't pay attention to the draft until April

Zach (Compton Ca)

How do you think Mike Jenkins Did in the Slot?

JJT
  (1:24 PM)

Garrett said he did OK. I haven't watched him specifically, so it's hard to say personally.

Shaun (Dallas)

Do you think the division will come down the final game on the road for the cowboys again?

JJT
  (1:24 PM)

Nope. I can't see Cowboys winning 4 in a row. They're certainly allowed to prove me wrong

Shawn (NC Mtns)

Hey JJT, How goes it? Just watned your take on the playoff chances of the Boys. I know that they are 1 game back of the giants and have the same record as washington. Do you see the scenario working out in Dallas' favor?

JJT
  (1:25 PM)

slim. They have to get to 10 wins. I don't see them winning 5 straight to do it

BG (Tampa)

How are TNewman and Pacman doing in CIN this season?

JJT
  (1:26 PM)

no idea. I don't start looking at opponent until wednesday or thursday

G-Money (Chicago, IL)

Blessings JJT - Thanks for hosting today's chat. Did you see last night's game, and if so, does Washington appear to be the best team in the NFC East at this point? Do you see them overtaking the Giants by the end of the season?

JJT
  (1:27 PM)

Washington is streaking. I could see them winning division.

JJT
  (1:30 PM)

Can we chill with all the draft talk. That's in April, a lifetime from now. I don't even pay attention until we know who the Cowboys signed in FA because that determines who they should draft

Chip (eatin' a sam'ich)

Could you see a change in DC at the end of the season?

JJT
  (1:31 PM)

yep. Someone is going to take the hit if the Cowboys don't make the playoffs. It's either Garrett or Ryan

Brad (Toronto)

With signing Fisher to start at PG, do you think there is a trade coming for someone like Beaubois?

JJT
  (1:32 PM)

who would want Roddy B? He's done ZERO. The Cowboys need Collison to play well enough to get his job back. That's what will make them better

SPC Mitchell (Ghazni, Afghanistan)

JJT, If we get to pick from 11-14th with the years draft being D-line/DE strong, will the cowboys pick the Best G available or will they choose the best player on the board? Do you think Garrett can continue to draft well?

JJT
  (1:35 PM)

You're in the service protecting our freedom, so I'll make a rare draft exception out of respect for your service. The Cowboys just need to take the best player available. They have holes everywhere. They need good players. U get in trouble reaching. That's the worst thing to do

Shawn W (Denton,TX)

Do you think Sean Payton would be willing to come in and be Jerry's puppet?

JJT
  (1:35 PM)

Was Bill parcells a puppet? I don't think so. Payton will have full control

Brad (Toronto)

Do you agree with Carlisle's lineup of Collison coming off the bench? Or should the roles be reversed to Collison starting, and Fisher off the bench?

JJT
  (1:38 PM)

It's not like the Mavs wanted to sign Fisher and put Collison on the bench. His inconsistent performance led to his demotion.

delvin3704 (columbia,sc)

this defense miss to many tackles why don't coaches teach these guys about gang tackling.

JJT
  (1:38 PM)

hard to teach tackling in one padded practice per week - 13 per season - and one practice a day in training camp

Aggie (TX)

Does Johnny Football deserve the Heisman? Your confidence in Rob Ryan?

JJT
  (1:39 PM)

absolutely. He's been a dynamic player in a year where this is no true favorite

Jim (Johnson)

if you could give it a percentage, what are we looking at for Sean payton to become our coach?

JJT
  (1:40 PM)

50-50 until he signs his deal cause I don't think he's making the Cowboys the playoffs

Norman (NY )

What do the 'boys have to do to improve their pass-rush? Spencer is having a great year and nobody would dare blame Ware. Is the D-line just bad or is Ware not having the impact he should?

JJT
  (1:41 PM)

Ware isn't being as impactful as he should, but this is not a team full of good receivers

G-Money (Chicago, IL)

Blessings JJT - How does the emergence of RGIII and the Redskins impact what Dallas should do in the offseason in order to compete in their division?

JJT
  (1:42 PM)

they're gonna have to draft speed to keep him contained on the regular. He's a threat and they're gonna have to draft to deal with him

Tyler (WI)

In the Philly game the other night Garrett did what he always does at the end of game be conservative and not put their foot down and score again, allowing it to become close again with the punt return. Do you think he'll ever learn and keep scoring like the Patriots or Denver now with Peyton?

JJT
  (1:43 PM)

do u think this personnel is as good at Patriots or Denver? Nope

JT (Philly)

Where do you see Mike Vick playing in 2013?

JJT
  (1:44 PM)

Buffalo

Steve (El Paso)

With Carr being in his first year of his deal and with a cap figure of 16.3 million for next year, is it unheard of for any team to go to a player and ask for a restructure so early in the contract?

JJT
  (1:44 PM)

he'll probably get re-done to make room for some other guys. It won't cost him money

Craig (Lindsay, ON)

Fitzgerald, you kidding me. I know it is a popularity contest and his down season is not his fault, he is still a great player, but he isn't going this year. Wr between Megatron, Cruz, Dez, Marshall, White, Jones, Jackson.

JJT
  (1:45 PM)

ask yourself if he's one of the game's best WRs. If the answer is yes, then he could easily be in Pro Bowl. His stats are result of his sorry QBs not his play

Chase (Dallas)

Why are you so flamboyant and immature with your disapproval of the Cowboys? You respond to a questions about beating the Bengals with "No" yet we've beaten better teams, and should have swept the SB champs. You're negative, flamboyant attitude about the team you cover paints a pathetic picture for all media members. REALTALK

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

the bengals have won 4 straight. The Cowboys barely beat a team missing 7 offensive starters and without four of its top 10 players and with a coach getting ready to get fired. That's how. It's easy. They can feel free to prove me wrong.

Aggie (TX)

What do you think of our prospects on DL? Lissemore, Brent, and Crawford sure look like keepers.

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

right kind of guys

Norman (NY )

We all know you'd fire Garrett if you could hire Sean Payton, but what about Chip Kelly? Any guy who Bill Belichick takes ideas from is probably a great coach.

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

romo ain't chip kelly's kind of QB

Mike (PA)

How do you suppose they need 10 wins when 9 wins is gonna win the division?

JJT
  (1:47 PM)

I don't believe that

Corey (D.C.)

Assuming for a minute that Sean Payton does what everyone thinks he will do, and stays in New Orleans, do you think JJ can sell another year of Garrett to the fanbase? Would the reaction of the fanbase even factor in to his decision?

JJT
  (1:47 PM)

not if they're 6-10 or 7-9

JJT
  (1:48 PM)

Fantastic chat today. I gotta roll and get some other other work done. Let's do it again next Tuesday