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02/25/2011

Jerry Jones defends Super Bowl vision, takes responsibility for problems

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke in public Friday for the first time since the seating debacle at Cowboys Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

Speaking from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Jones said his goal was to have the greatest Super Bowl ever and that many things went right on Feb. 6.

But he said he was disappointed and regrets the seating problems, which forced about 1,200 fans to be moved at the last minute because their seats weren't ready.

He declined to go into detail about what happened because of ongoing evaluations.

He said his lofty "vision" for the biggest Super Bowl ever was not the problem because the stadium was built to handle the 1,300 or so temporary seats. The problem was more operational. He refused to go into specifics.

He said he takes full responsibility along with the NFL and said he understands why he is being criticized personally as the face of Cowboys Stadium.

He said his disappointment motivates him to get it right next time.

Jones again cited the unusual weather -- ice, snow and temperatures that stayed below freezing for days -- as the biggest problem and said the NFL and its owners recognize that and will consider as much in relation to future Super Bowls in North Texas.

He said the opportunity for future games in North Texas is very good.

As far as football is concerned, Jones said quarterback is a strength for the Cowboys, with Tony Romo in place, but he said the team will evaluate Auburn's Cam Newton and that he should not be dismissed as an option with the ninth pick.

A quarterback is a future consideration. Obviously, he said, the Cowboys will be looking hard at the need positions of cornerback, defensive line and offensive line with the ninth pick as well.

-- Clarence E. Hill Jr.

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