Jerry promotes Pacquiao, Shanahan

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is busy this week promoting Saturday's Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight at his new palace in Arlington, Texas. More than 40,000 fans are expected to watch Pacquiao defend his WBO welterweight title.

But Jones took a little time to visit with Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" on Tuesday and shared his thoughts on good friend Mike Shanahan.

"First of all, that was bad news for the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said of Shanahan's arrival in Washington. "Because I have that kind of respect for Mike Shanahan as a coach. He's outstanding. He's certainly been a long-term coach that I have all the respect for and everybody else in the league does, too. He'll do a great job there in Washington and I hope he doesn't do it at the Dallas Cowboys' expense."

So what if Wade Phillips and the Cowboys had missed the playoffs in '09? Would Jones have made a play for Shanahan? Actually, I think Dan Snyder would've had a big-time head start on Jones, so Shanahan would've still ended up with the Redskins. But as Bob Arum will attest, Jones can be pretty persuasive.

Programming note: In about 35 minutes, our weekly "Draft Watch" blog entry will appear on the Beast. This week, we're discussing how the NFC East teams have fared over the past three years and how that will impact the 2010 draft.