Posted October 30, 2013

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Deion Sanders could have shut down Megatron

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Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 821 receiving yards. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 821 receiving yards. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Hall of Famer Deion Sanders could have shut down Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

That’s a good thing, because no one on the current Cowboys roster could stop Johnson on Sunday as he lit up their defense for 14 receptions for 329 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 31-30 win on Sunday.

“Yes, I do. That’s just it,” Jones said on KRLD-FM when asked if Sanders could stop Johnson. “Deion has such catch-up speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that … in [a] football sense. He could really play the ball, and he had such ability to get into position to play the ball.

Sanders played for the Cowboys from 1995 to 1999, helping them to their last Super Bowl title.

“Now, you’re talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that’s played this game. I’ve seen where he’s been declared the greatest cover guy. Hall of Famer. But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson’s going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job. Deion’s a great player.”

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65 comments
PatrickEdwards
PatrickEdwards

with age comes senility,and glory days , but its always good to dream jerry

John4
John4

Heh Heh.  The more Jerry Jones opens his mouth, the more clear it is that he knows NOTHING about football.  Deion could not cover Megatron if his life depended on it.  Megatron is taller, bigger, stronger plays more physical, and could easily box out Deion all game long.  

Fisherman695
Fisherman695

Jones it the only reason the Cowboys aren;t in playoffs and superbowl, why would you listen to anything this old coot has to say, unless he pays you to.

leslierb54
leslierb54

Wow, now I know Jerry Jones is getting old and crazy!  This would be a good match up but Megatron would win the match up.

Oakball
Oakball

Kids that never watched the players uve all mentioned shudnt comment' ur immaturity shows u don't know have a clue

Oakball
Oakball

I agree ' if DS cud do one thing it's slap the ball away or pic it, that last catch to set up the winning TD wod not have been caught' isn't he in the HOF , oh by the JJ" FIRE UR Fk n D cord, n if JG fails to not only make the playoffs but win the 1st round or fire his azz too

kpinsatx
kpinsatx

My opinion, Megatron would have toasted Deion just like he did the 2013 Dallas secondary! By the way I'm a lifelong Cowboy fan....

tfaw
tfaw

for the experts out there, how would ronnie lott fared against johnson?

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Megatron would eat 'Neon' for lunch, as many of today's bigger, faster receivers would. Deion's disdain for contact would be highlighted even more now...

Lennyjoe
Lennyjoe

Jerry "please put me on TV" Jones.

BrentHull
BrentHull

And Jimmy johnson would have won many Super Bowls if Jerry were not such a blithering drunk hillbilly fool.

gohusk
gohusk

At what point did Jones say that Deion would shut him down? From what I read he said one of the best cover guys ever could do a great job on Calvin. Typical bloated sports media making something out of nothing because the site needs a couple of paragraphs of fluff to fill.

JustinParisi
JustinParisi

Deion could probably cover Calvin Johnson. But after Johnson bullied Deion for the catch with his superior size and strength, would Deion be able to tackle him?


WRs just didn't have the size, speed and strength combination in Deion's day that Megatron has. Michael Irvin was considered a "big" WR in his day. He was 6'2" and 207 lbs. Megatron is 6'5" and 236 lbs and pretty much all muscle. Corners these days have to be more physical to be effective and Deion was not physical.

Joseph F
Joseph F

And yet more proof that the cowgirls are nothing but a bunch of ignorant classless thugs.

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Jerry Jones has proven over the last 15 years that he is a complete idiot. His comment is nothing out of his normal.

BrianE
BrianE

Not one of Jerry's quotes said anything about "shutting down" Calvin. Don't get me wrong Jerry is an idiot but this writer is trying to make something out of nothing.

Tmac
Tmac

He's talking about Deion as if he is still playing. ("Deion’s a great player.”)  He's not.  Calvin and Deion never played on the same field, and never will - except maybe in an old-timer's flag football exhibition game someday.

So Jones' comments are worth nothing - it does no good to claim that some player in the past could cover Johnson... unless of course you'd rather live in the past because the present is too disappointing.

And that's one of the reasons Jerry Jones has such a hard time building a solid team - his players KNOW he longs for the days of Staubach and Aikman, and will never be satisfied unless they replicate that kind of dynasty, despite not having the same caliber players.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

And you know this has to be right. Look at the job Jerry has done as GM. That man knows talent!!

Blinker
Blinker

jerry is such a j@ckass!!!!!    EAT IT jerry!!!!!!!!!!!

gary41
gary41

Before the game Jerry told the press he was most worried about Reggie Bush in space over Calvin Johnson.  Yet double coverage didn't much affect Johnson's output.  Only a fool paints over foolish remarks with more of the same.  For reporters, it's so much more fun covering that man, instead of that team.       

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Further evidence that Jerry Jones is a complete fool

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Yet, Deion was never good enough to shut down Jerry's mouth.

DougBeers
DougBeers

How would Jerra know?  He doesn't remember who clipped into his suspenders this morning

Rudolph
Rudolph

Meanwhile, If Yankees still had Babe Ruth, they would've made the playoffs.

maekchu
maekchu

Sanders was never a lockdown corner. He played soft and was not a physical player on defense. He made up for his general lack of coverage skills with his speed but there's no way he'd out duel a big strong physical receiver like Johnson. He made his rep on punt returns. It didn't take long for the fans of each city Sanders played for to realize he was an overrated CB. Great return man yes...but not a great CB. Jones just confirms he has no talent for rating a player's skillset which is why Dallas sorely needs a real GM.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Dementia has taken total control of JJ.

michaeldeanpinson
michaeldeanpinson

I was a huge Deion fan but here is the most objective analysis I can provide. 

If a QB would throw it to Calvin Johnson then he is going to catch his fair share of balls. Deion would also catch his fair share of balls also. The balls Deion would have caught would have been returned for a TD or immediately set his team up for a TD. That is why QB's from his era and why QB's from this era would not throw in Deion's direction. Deion went up against the greatest WR in the history of the game and he shut an entire 1/2 of a field down. They didn't even look his way because he was so fast that he could play off his guy and go intercept an intended pass for someone else. The guy was amazing. 

tripsons
tripsons

I know what one of the topics for ESPN's first take will be tomorrow now.  Skip will no doubt agree with his buddy JJ since he believes Deion is the greatest athlete of all-time.  I get tired of people trying to compare different era players.  Calvin is 6'5 240lb. and runs sub 4.4.  There was not a player in the league like that when Deion was playing.  The only thing Deion has on him was pure speed but if Calvin catches the ball he would literally run over Deion who may have been 180lb. in pads.

Lennyjoe
Lennyjoe

Must be talking to his fan base. se hablo es panol

Alex1111
Alex1111

Perhaps the most overrated player in the history of the NFL, lauded by the most overrated, bloated owner. Please. Here's a guy who actively ran away from making tackles his entire career. He couldn't have covered my grandmother, let alone a physical specimen like Johnson.

Put down the schnapps, Jerry. You still can't legitimize your existence as an NFL owner.

tfaw
tfaw

i think that deion looks like a ferengi from the star trek tv series.  albiet a fast running ferengi...

eric20131
eric20131

Wonder why Jerry didn't have Deion cover Jerry Rice when he burned the boys.

Big Brother
Big Brother

If Jones were anything more than a doddering old fool, he'd be laughable.  With Al Davis having passed away, the NFL needed a new old fool to say stupid things.  And like Al Davis' Raiders, the Cowboys will never win a Super Bowl with Jerry Jones running things.

kpinsatx
kpinsatx

@tfaw Ronnie Lott was primarily a safety during his career. He wouldn't have had to job of covering Megatron but they would have met a few times down field. I believe that would have been in the back of Megatrons mind every time he went down the middle.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Give me Champ, Woodson, Revis anyday - these guys are well rounded corners with all of the skills plus grit. They don't shy away from contact and are assets in run defense. Neon was a one trick pony who didn't want to break a nail, although it was a pretty good trick. 

 Loved seeing Jerry Rice burn him for 13/225/5TDs...

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@BrentHull Thanks god for Jerry Jones - he's the NFC's version of Al Davis. He'll keep the 'Boys ringless until his demise. Hope he lives forever...

michaeldeanpinson
michaeldeanpinson

@maekchu you obviously never, ever watched Deion Sanders play the CB position. When he was asked to press, there was no one more physical in the first 5 yards than Deion Sanders. Don't get tackling running backs confused with his CB cover skills. He made his rep on QB's dropping back and not even looking at his side of the field. He literally shut down 1/2 of the field. 

However, you are spot on about Dallas needing a real GM. 

John4
John4

@Lennyjoe you comment is unintelligent.  Not racist, not anti Mexican, just lacking in all forms of intelligence.  Was that your intention?

Tmac
Tmac

@Big Brother, Don't forget the other owner competing for the most stupid comments - Jim Irsay of the Colts.  But you're right - Jones will not be able to win a SuperBowl unless he steps much farther away from the daily operations of his team.  He's the real coach on that team, and no GREAT coach would ever again agree to coach the 'Boys as long as Jones is involved.

MarkPost
MarkPost

@Big Brother In all fairness,  both teams won Super Bowls under their owners.  However, like the Raiders, the Cowboys won't win ANOTHER as long as he's the GM.

RyanPalmer
RyanPalmer

@michaeldeanpinson @maekchu - You are correct Michael, however against the best receiver of the time, Jerry Rice, he couldn't shut him down.  I fully believe that Deion would be able to keep up with Johnson but it is a different game for Johnson, they still throw at him when he is covered and there is no way that Deion would be able to out-muscle or out-compete Johnson for the ball.  The way I see it they would throw it up high, Johnson would go up for it and get it and then Deion would be dragged down the field until the rest of the team could come help him bring Johnson down.

michaeldeanpinson
michaeldeanpinson

@nygiants56 Sour grapes from him dominating your Giants for all those years? I remember watching the Giant QB's drop back and only looking at the right side of the field because Deion was on the left. Don't forget. 

Big Brother
Big Brother

@MarkPost @Big Brother That's what I am referring to.  When the fool runs the show, they have no chance.  If he were smart, he'd step away, sit in the owners box and cash checks.  He doesn't understand that Jimmy Johnson is what won those Super Bowls, not Jerry Jones.

drudown
drudown

@Big Brother @MarkPost 

Uh, sorry, your analysis omits any credit to the de facto GM (Jones) for HIRING Jimmy Johnson- away from the college ranks, I hasten to add.

"Trust me. It's not as easy as beating Cal."

/s/ Chip Kelly