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

Carl Raleigh NC [via mobile]

What's up JJT,I know you say just pick the best available player no matter the position so would you have a problem with The Boys taking TE Eric Ebron or QB Johnny Manzel if they're the best available?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:02 PM)

Really bro? You'd spend a first-round pick on two dudes who can ride the pine for you this year cause you got Witten and Romo who are under contracts so large that cutting them makes no sense?

Ed (Queens Village)

Will you be covering Final 4? Who is your pick to win national championship?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:03 PM)

You don't really think something that big is going down in DFW and I'm not going to be there, did you? Just joking. I like Florida, but the youngsters from Kentucky have found their groove and beating them a third time would be awfully tough

Waco, Tx [via mobile]

What do you know about baseball.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:04 PM)

The knowledge that comes from covering the Rangers daily in 1994 and 1995 and being around the team quite a bit since I became a columnist in 2006. So what I'm saying is I know quite a bit.

Drew (Texarkana)

what is your outlook on the pitching situation on the rangers now?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:07 PM)

It hasn't changed from yesterday. The entire staff is a bundle of questions, to me. You just can't assume because dudes come back from injuries that they're going to be fine and pitch the way they've always pitched. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. Too many fans act like it's a given and it's not. Plus, the BP has issues. Some of y'all say there are issues every year. The point is that you know Joe Nathan is good for an ERA of about 2.50 or better and 40 saves. You know Yu is gonna give you 200 IP and an ERA of no worse than 3.00. Most of the other folks because of injuries or lack of track record are a little bit of an unknown this year

Randy Birocci (Hinton, Iowa)

How much of a smoke screen are NFL teams putting up in regards to draft picks. I see Mike Zimmer is saying Johnny Manzel has red flags. Jerry Jones says he won't pick a quarterback. How much do we believe?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:08 PM)

Depends on who is saying it. Mike Zimmer was groomed by Bill Parcells who hated celebrity QBs, which is why Zimmer probably doesn't like them. The Cowboys don't need a QB

Jesus [via mobile]

What's going on!? Are my Dallas cowboys in a plan to sign anyone that is a game changer or a huge factor ?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:08 PM)

Nope. Google their salary-cap situation.

Brandon (Houston)

Thoughts on Daniael Manning to the Cowboys? He probably wants too much $$$ and is coming off an injury but we could sure use a talented safety....

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:09 PM)

You just answered your own question bro

Coby (tx) [via mobile]

Are cowboys going to go after manning or Robert ayers ?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:09 PM)

depends on if Ayres price comes down. Manning, I wouldn't think so

AJ (Texas)

Do you think the Mavs have any shot at beating the Spurs if they meet in the playoffs?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:09 PM)

Less than none.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

Spurs are too good, too smart and too well-coached for Mavs to beat them. No more than 5 games.

SGT Brian Smith (Fort Meade, Maryland)

Do you see the Cowyboys doing anymore in free agency, and with the recent rash of injuries to the Rangers, do you see them contending for a Division title?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:11 PM)

I appreciate your service. I picked the Rangers to win 84 games and finish 3rd in the AL West. No problem if they prove me wrong.

Casey (Boise, ID)

Any updates on the Spencer situation?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:13 PM)

Nope. Whenever he wants to sign a one-year incentive-laden deal with Cowboys, then he'll be back. If not, he won't.

Jon (SC)

The cowboys lost mike jenkins who was a former first round pick and also a starter for oakland last year. why did they just receive just 7th in compenstation for him?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:14 PM)

cause he was just a guy last year

Paul (New Haven Ct)

Longtime Cowboy fan here and love reading your blog. My question is what are the odds you think that Spencer will reunite with the Cowboys once he's 100% healthy? I'm hoping pretty good being that I've been reading that he's rehabbing at the ranch.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:14 PM)

thanks, check the transcript, my friend, I just answered that. Don't hold your breath for him.

SAM (TX)

Is leary and berndaeu the future on the offensive line or will they upgrade at somepoint from either the draft of FA

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

Pretty sure they'll be trying to upgrade those spots. It's not that hard to find guards. Center and Tackle are a lot harder.

R Lank, MD [via mobile]

Whats goin on man? would u say that Mcdourmett kid b a good pick 4 the mavs? 2 me i think his style of play would really fit the mavs system along with the tutoring of Dirk after he decides 2 hangum up and retire.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:16 PM)

Bro, I know you;re not really asking me about the NBA draft, right? I spend NOOOOOOOOO time on that because it's such a crap shoot. Sorry.

billy (chi)

Is this a normal heeling process for the procedure spencer had on his knee?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:17 PM)

In all seriousness, any trainer will tell you everybody heals differently. It should be about a year, but there are no guarantees

Shane (Jersey)

Why didn't the cowboys trade ware if his market price was the same as it was when he was on the team?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:17 PM)

Teams don't trade for players they believe are getting cut. Secondly, they owed it to him to let him play where he wanted. Third, they weren't getting much for him

Danny Anzaldua (Albuquerque NM)

Do you see Dallas keeping pace with Philly? They seem to have loaded their guns a bit more than us.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:18 PM)

We haven't even had the draft yet. Patience is a virtue.

R Lank, MD [via mobile]

With the way bball is played 2day, not yesterday who would u draft btween dirk or bird. b4 u answer that let me explain sumthn. Bird played n an era where there was no salary cap and possibly the greatest frontline ever and a much bettes supporting cast. dirk put a franchise on his bac and willed his team 2 the finals and won with less talent. with that said whatu think?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

Stop it. Bird is an equal scorer, better rebounder & better passer than Dirk. No shame in not being better than Bird. Each is great, but when we're discussing greatness you gotta split hairs.

michael garand (maine)

Will the Rangers make a trade for bullpen help, or are they happy where they are now? Judging by yesterdays game they need arms.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

They play 162 of these. Snap judgments don't really work in baseball.

Jimmy [via mobile]

Given the boys youth movement, how long do keep romo at the helm? Any possibility of future trade if this season tanks?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:20 PM)

3-4 years.

Gavin (Saugus, MA)

Do you think the Mavs should resign Shawn Marion?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:21 PM)

depends on the money. It's not like you can expect them to draft well. Donnie Nelson hasn't made a good first round pick in years.

Jody Pierce (Poetry, TX)

What do you make of Tiger pulling out of The Masters?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:22 PM)

He had back surgery. It makes me wonder if he's done.

Haroon Brown (Baltimore, Maryland)

Jerry is known for making crazy draft day moves. Do you see any scenario where he may trade up for a higher pick next month?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:23 PM)

Nope. They have a tone of holes. If anything they'll move down to acquire more picks. They need players. One dude ain't gonna get it done

Sherif (Orlando)

how bad of a season are the Cowboys gonna have?

James (Phoenix )

Thanks for chatting! What are the odds that the MAVS grab the sixth seed and secondly how much merit do you put into the CAVS trading Kyrie? Uncle Drew could join the "old bloods" in Dallas (pipe dream, I know).

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:25 PM)

Can we wait until they get their team together and we see how the schedule breaks down?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:27 PM)

The playoff race is so close that right now you probably need to make sure the Mavs are in it. Once they make the playoffs you can worry about where they're seeded. They just need to keep winning. That's it. They need to win tonight and go 3-1 on their West Coast road trip to stay pretty much in control of their playoff fate

Sherif (Orlando FL)

What kind of impact would D-Jax going to the Redskins have on the rest of the NFC East?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:27 PM)

He hasn't signed yet.

Marty (Turlock, CA)

Thoughts on Mike Evans to the Cowboys?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:28 PM)

Big physical receiver who would be nice. Receivers come out every year. There will be another one next season. That said, the Cowboys need to add one at some point. If Dez gets hurt, do you feel good with Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Dwyane Harris in your 3WR set? I don't.

PA (DC)

I'd really like the Cowboys to find themselves a Laurent Robinson type free agent WR at some point this offseason.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:29 PM)

Cool.

Jay(Dallas) [via mobile]

Hey Jean! Back again on what you think the Dallas Stars chances are now in making the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:32 PM)

Winning 4 of 5 is great and win over St. Louis was superb, but this is a long road trip. The reality is it's probably going to come down to the last game against Phoenix. Win and you're in. That's how I see it going.

Michael (Winter)

With the cowboys making some tough decisions this offseason.. do you see them as being able to retool in the next 2/3 years? and how will Romo's contract be taken off the books if released in the same time frame?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:34 PM)

Romo is your dude for next 3 years minimum because of his contract. The cost is way too high before then. My suspicion is that just as they get this thing ready to roll, Romo will be too old to be the QB

Scott (Dallas)

Who do you think will be the best pickup in the offseason for the Rangers this year? Also, who do you think will be the worst? Thanks!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:35 PM)

Fielder. They really only made 2 additions. Choo got superstar money - even though he's not. He could have a good season and some of y'all might still view it as a disappointment

Kristian (Marylaand)

Will Sean Lee be fully participating in OTA's?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:35 PM)

yep

Mo (Orlando FL)

Will the Cowboys carry three QB's this season and if so what position will they carry less players at?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:36 PM)

dude, that depends on what happens at training camp. We don't know that they're keeping 3. If Weedon stinks, they might just release him

morgan (las colinas)

If washington lands Jackson, does that make them the frontrunner in the NFC East?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:37 PM)

Nope. They're not that much different that Cowboys. They make a lot of noise every off-season and then do nothing when regular season starts. Only teams with longer NFC title game droughts than Dallas are Detroit and Washington.

David (Dallas)

Who wins the Big 12 in Football this season?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:37 PM)

sorry, haven't thought about and won't until August. Too much other stuff going on. I do know The Ohio State University will win Big 10.

mike (dallas)

why do you have to be such a smart ass with so many of your answers? Very unproffesional! That's why I try not to read your stuff !

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:38 PM)

that would be your opinion based on your own perceptions about how I should answer. It says more about you than me that you keep coming back. Just chill and enjoy yourself like everybody else - or leave. The choice is yours.

Aaron (Duncanville, TX) [via mobile]

If the Rangers miss the playoffs for the 3rd straight season, does Wash get fired?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:41 PM)

it depends on why they missed the playoffs. Did they miss because the rotation and bullpen were awful? Or did they miss because they quit on the manager and tuned him out?

MO (Orlando Fl)

With the Cowboys recent draft history is it wise to try and build through the draft. It's not like they hit home runs.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:41 PM)

that's the best way to do it. There are not a lot of other good options

mando Gutierrez [via mobile]

So if manziel drops to 16 ..Do you think Jerry passes on him or Draft him..

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:42 PM)

trade down. Why would you draft him? Romo is going to play for the next 3-4 years.

Sagar (NYC)

Who is more likely to be a Cowboy in 2015/2016: Carr or Claiborne?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:42 PM)

Claiborne

Cooper Andrews (Mckinney, TX)

JJT, Mavs can play with any west top team not named the spurs if Sammy D keeps it up. Your thoughts?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:43 PM)

Lol. You really trust Dalembert? You're by yourself on that one bro. He's had a nice little stretch, but we've seen a bunch of players have a nice little stretch this year.

Rick M. (Columbia)

If the Mavericks to miss the playoffs this year, do you think that rick Carlisle will be on the hot seat?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

Nope. Do you think is one of the elite teams in the league? I don't. Bad defense and rebounding. Carlisle pretty much maxes out his team's talent. He's a terrific coach.

Dan Anthony (Hurst TX)

Why are such a fan of Washington? One of the worst in game managers in baseball from any technical analysis.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:49 PM)

Washington 34 playoff games. The other 22 TR managers 4. Washington playoff wins 18. The other 22 TR managers 1. Washington has beaten Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon 2X and Jim Leyland in playoffs. Your premise presumes analytics is the best way to manage a game. I disagree. Manager moves are like play callers in football. If the move works, it's good. if it doesn't, it's bad. The manager's job is to maximize the talent on his roster, so his players perform optimally, he does that. He's also given the team an ID, it's built around pitching and defense. It can win a multitude of ways. As I wrote the other day, too many folks confuse unorthodox with being bad. Those are two different things.

Jackson Ellis (Atlanta)

How is Tony Romo feeling at this point, and how will his health be at the beginning of the season?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:50 PM)

supposed to be fine and ready for start of training camp

MC Disagree (Virginia)

Hi JJTDo you think the Cowboys should take an Offensive Lineman within the first three rounds of this draft? Bernadeau doesn't inspire a whole lot of confidence and Leary seemed to get pushed into the backfield a lot in addition to committing a fair share of penalties.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:51 PM)

Bernadeau was overall a little better than Leary last year. I'd rather take a tackle and play him at guard so I have a replacement when Free leaves after the season

MC Disagree (Virginia)

Hi JJTDo you think the Cowboys should take an Offensive Lineman within the first three rounds of this draft? Bernadeau doesn't inspire a whole lot of confidence and Leary seemed to get pushed into the backfield a lot in addition to committing a fair share of penalties.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:51 PM)

see answer below

Cooper (Allen TX)

Will the Undertaker keep his undefeated streak alive against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania this weekend?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:51 PM)

haven't really watched wrestling since the Von Erich's were the first family of wrestling

Troy Washington D.C, [via mobile]

I've been following your work for some time now. Do you think jerry trades up in front of the bears to get Donald or do we trade back to collect picks?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:52 PM)

Nope. The Cowboys need a lot of players, not just one. They might move up 1-2 spots for him but they're not making a major move

Jim (Houston)

I heard the rumor again that Orton continues to allow the Cowboys to wonder about his playing status in 2014 because he wants one more shot at a starting gig. Given the signing of Weeden and the fact that Wade Wilson continues to troll for developmential QB's (lately Gilbert at SMU and Murray at Georgia), does it appear that the Cowboys are preparing the roster in the event that Orton is moved or simply retires? I would take a 6th if we could get it.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:53 PM)

Word last week from Cowboys is that he's playing

mike (dallas)

ok, I'll leave !!!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:55 PM)

Toodles. Come back when you're more receptive to the truth. We don't wave pom poms around here, we just deliver the truth in a no nonsense matter. I'm not for everybody. The choice to join the conversation is entirely up to you.

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

I like the Brandon Weeden pick up, if for nothing else because it could score the Cowboys a draft pick from a QB needy team in the preseason.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:55 PM)

How come you ain't asking him to give the Browns back some money?

Ricky (Tempe)

If Romo wins the superbowl this season.....does that automatically vault him ahead of Eli as far as QB rankings go

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:56 PM)

I guess. I've never been an Eli fan. I've always thought Romo is better QB than Eli. Yes, Eli played great in 4Q of each SB win, but each of those teams were led by Nasty DL.

Ricky (Tempe)

Will Garrett receive an extension this season? Or will Jerry wait until the season ends to make a decision?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:56 PM)

pretty sure he'll wait

Pete (MD)

You mean the Terps have no chance in B10 football???

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:57 PM)

they'll win uniform contest, but that's it.

Ronnie G. (Santa Monica)

How much do you think Linehan will make a difference on offense this year? Is he really that much better than Callahan. He seems to me just another average coach.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:57 PM)

He did a good job of getting the ball to the Lions' playmakers last year. Callahan couldn't do that. Plus, he's boys with Garrett. They should be on the same page. Callahan and Garrett weren't.

Chaka K (Minneapolis)

Tell Me Something Good

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:59 PM)

I Feel For You

michael garand (maine)

Whom would you rather sit in the owner's box and have a beer with. Mark Cuban, or Jerry Jones?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:59 PM)

Jerry. Not even close. I know cause I've done it many times in training camp.

Casey (Boise, ID)

Who gives better chat answers, you or Dan Graziano?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:00 PM)

Me. Anyone who says different has an East Coast bias. Lol

moffat (olathe)

as a huge jason witten fan I am getting ready for the worst day of when he is released or cut, how many years do you think he has left?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:00 PM)

2-3

michael garand (maine)

Why did the Rangers not go after guys like E. Santana, and S. Kazmir. when they are obviously thin on the rotation? Santana is a 200 inning pitcher and Kazmir has showed a resurgence and they both would have come at a discount

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:01 PM)

They didn't want to give up draft pick for Santana or pay him $14M. Didn;t like Kazmir all that much. Plus, they have Harrison and Lewis on the way back and they expect Holland back in July.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (2:01 PM)

Great chat today. let's do it again next. week.