Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager may be one of the most well known figures in the NFL. He has developed a culture that is Cowboys Football. But with a dismal record at 3-5, what is going on in Dallas?
Jerry Jones essentially has too much power. He owns the team, makes the decisions, employs his extended family in various positions throughout the organization and the list goes on and on. He has become the face of the team. The person who is praised when all goes well and the person that gets dissed when things start going down hill. With Jones in the spotlight, who is Jason Garret? Does he even have a say in anything anymore?
Most teams look up to their head coach for guidance, but that seems hardly the case in Dallas. Jones made it loud and clear when he said, “There’s no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That’s never been anybody’s misunderstanding. It’s been a debated thing, but it’s just not going to happen.” Pretty sure if he had the chance he would employ himself as head coach too. But the fallout from that would be far worse than what he is experiencing now.
Has Jones made the wrong decisions when it comes to personnel? Well this could easily be debated for hours and we couldn’t really get anywhere. The ‘boys have had several great 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounders in the past several years, including DeMarcus Ware, Mike Jenkins, Dez Bryant. So picking players doesn’t seem to be the problem.
It seems as though the Cowboys team runs like a business. Players want deals, extensions, and ways to more money, rather than a shot at the Super Bowl. The thirst for winning doesn’t seem to be part of the equation. Yea, many players are looking for a payday, but the teams that are the thirstiest to WIN, often pull off the unthinkable. Just look at Indy right now. That just isn’t what this Cowboys team is about anymore. The way things are look now, keeping Jerry Jones the center of attention in Dallas isn’t going bring a title to the Cowboys. Jones can fire anyone he wants, but until he instills in the players that the coaches actually decide their fate, the players will remain mediocre. And mediocre doesn’t win Super Bowls.