Jerry Jones is one of the more visible and colorful owners in the NFL. Not only because of his Type-A personality and his Vegas-like stadium complete with dancers and more neon than Deion Sanders ever dreamed of being, but also because he is the Dallas Cowboys general manager as well.
Owner – President – GM – Chief cook and bottle washer. All rolled up into one tidy little bundle of Botox.
Since 1989, Jerry Jones has not only been the one signing the paychecks, but also the one making decisions on personnel, coaches, and the direction of the franchise. Other coaches and general managers have tried similar dual role positions, and none of them have had any real success.
Case in point – the Cowboys record since 1997: 123-124 in the regular season, and only one playoff victory.
This prompted the question from NBC Sports’ Bob Costas this past Sunday night in an interview with Jones, would Jerry Jones the owner have fired Jerry Jones the GM by now?
Without hesitation, Jones answered:
“Well, I think so … because he was there to dismiss. I’ve always worked for myself, and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches, and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”
Ok, great. So why not go ahead and write out the pink slip now? Although he had an early run of success at the position in winning three Super Bowls, a lot of that success can be attributed to the organization and young core of players that previous President and GM Tex Schramm helped build prior to his arrival.
Well, before we put the stake in the heart of Jerry Jones the general manager, Jerry Jones the owner still has some say in the matter. According to reports, Jones has now clarified his position and said that he will never relinquish the title of GM.
Breathe easy Jason Garrett, your job is safe once again.
So I guess when looking at that guy in the mirror, Jones asked with a big tight-cheeked grin, “Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s the worst GM of all?”
Why, it’s you Jerry…and always has been.