JJ is always annoying and it has nothing to do with his answering a dumd question from a a dopy TMZ kid.
JJ is great as an onwer, good for the NFL, and bad as a GM. He needs to stay in his box give the GM job to some one he trusts and not a puppet.
However, thankfully he doesnt do that because I think the Boys would have had a an SB win or two in recent years.
Austin's best year pretty much mirrored Cruz's best year once they both became starters.
Austin: 80rec (6.6 rec/gm) 1,239 yds (103 yds/gm) 15.5 ypc, 10TDs (.83 tds/gm)
Cruz: 80rec (5.7 rec/gm) 1,519yds (108 yds/gm) 19 ypc, 9TDs (.64 tds/gm)
So Cruz wins decisively in total yards, yds/gm and ypc, and Austin wins receptions per game, tds and tds per game.
The findings are congruent with the roles they had.
Austin was the clear cut number 1 on that '09 Cowboys squad and Cruz was the number 2 while Nicks drew more coverage.
Year 2 (their down years are pretty similar too).
Austin: 119 tgts 69 Rec, 1042 yds, 15.1 avg, 7tds
Cruz: 143 tgts, 86 rec, 1092 yds, 12.7 avg, 10tds
It's important to note that was the year that Romo was knocked out of the season in week 5. And up until then, Austin was on pace for a 1,500yd+ season. Not saying that would've happened, but I think it was apparent to anyone who watched that season closely that there wasn't a strong rapport between Kitna and Austin. Austin likely would've finished considerably better that year with Romo.
And of course since then he hasn't been healthy. But when he has been (see early 2011), he was once again outstanding.
But overall, I think you can see that Austin's career year ('09) was far better than Cruz' down year.