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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Harbaugh apologizes for stunning criticism of Cowboys

John Harbaugh issued an apology over the weekend to Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones after being quoted in a book that “the Cowboys stand for everything that’s wrong with the NFL,” criticizing the Cowboys for running a “star system” and praising Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid that what his “program stands for is the opposite of what the Cowboys stand for.”

Harbaugh was quoted in a book by Reuben Frank and Mark Eckel called Game Changers: The 50 Greatest Plays in Philadelphia Eagles Football History.

“That was something that I’m disappointed with myself,” Harbaugh said. “ What I tried to do with that quote was say something real positive about a guy that I have tremendous respect for, Andy Reid, and try to explain in some way what he’s done there to make the Eagles so successful over the years.

“It really reflects some of the things we’re trying to do here, to build that same kind of a run of success. It was last March, and I think I went overboard. I had a chance to have a conversation with Jerry Jones over the weekend and express those thoughts to him that in no way, the way that quote read, is how I feel about the Cowboys organization.”

Harbaugh said he wasn’t misquoted, though.

“When I read it, I’ll be honest with you, I was shocked,” he said. “It stunned me, and I was disappointed that that would be attributed to me. I’m not saying I didn’t say it or anything else. I’m just saying I was disappointed that it came out that way, and that’s my fault.

“So, it just doesn’t reflect how I feel. I’ve got tremendous respect for them, and after having had a chance to talk to Jerry Jones for the first time, it’s even a hundred times more than that, than it was before.”

1 comment:

ravcolt said...

So what? He is right. Once the massive egos of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have vacated the premises, Harbaugh can start to run a team like the Eagles. But not if Ozzie continues to reward the Raven first-rounders with exorbitant contracts, thus creating a schism of haves and have nots that is at the heart of the problem. New England is the real team to emulate.