24 years ago today, Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys. Soon after his purchase, Jones became not only the owner of the team, but its general manager as well and for most Cowboys fans, that time needs to come to an end.
I’ve said this too many times in the past few years and I’ll say it again, if you’re a Cowboys fan, you’re wasting your time and breath asking Jones to give up his general manager position. It’s never going to happen, so save yourself the trouble of getting all worked up about it, and just accept it.
Speaking of accepting things, I think there’s something else I believe Cowboys fans need to accept: the fact that Jerry Jones is not responsible for everything that goes wrong with the Dallas Cowboys.
I know that’s not a popular opinion and Jones certainly deserves plenty of blame but he’s not the only person who is responsible for the Cowboys lack of success recently. I’m not excusing Jones at all, and he is the one common denominator in their futility, but placing all the blame on Jones is a narrow-minded and weak argument.
Jerry Jones doesn’t make Tony Romo throw bad passes at the worst possible times during the season. Jerry Jones doesn’t control the injuries to the Cowboys, or how poorly Rob Ryan calls his defense. And Jones certainly doesn’t miss a block or make a tackle on Sundays, so it’s not right to blame him for everything that goes wrong with the Cowboys.
Yes, Jones is meddlesome and thinks he knows more than does, and his ego is a huge problem with Cowboys. So are his weekly radio appearances, his constant interviews and continued delusions about how good his Cowboys are, but Jones’ words don’t lose football games.
Players and coaches win or lose games and for years, there’s been talk about how talented the Cowboys roster has been. Well, Jones is the one who has put the roster together, so why doesn’t the team win more? Jones doesn’t put the pads on, so you can’t blame him for all that ails the Cowboys.
In fact, think about the best players on the Cowboys roster, and remember how they got there. It was Jones who overruled Bill Parcells on DeMarcus Ware at pick 11 in the 2005 NFL draft. If you remember, Parcells wanted Marcus Spears at 11, but Jones wanted Ware and thankfully, Jones won out. It was Jones who pulled the trigger on Sean Payton’s recommendation to bring Romo to Dallas as an undrafted free agent, and Jones also made the decision to trade for Dez Bryant. Does anyone think the Dallas drafts Bobby Carpenter if Parcells isn’t the coach of the Cowboys?
Sure, Jones sometimes swings and misses on the draft but so do a lot of people. He certainly should be held accountable for poor draft classes, especially the one in 2009 but he’s not alone in that. There are scouts and coaches who help make those decisions too. And Jones has made plenty of mistakes when it comes to contracts, including Miles Austin, wide receiver Roy Williams, and Marion Barber, but his son Stephen is a part of that as well.
By blaming everything on Jones, you are taking the easy way out because it’s easier to blame the owner/general manager than it is to blame your favorite players. The simple truth is the Cowboys losing is on everyone involved in the organization: Jones, the scouts, the coaches and the players, because none of them have gotten the job done in the past 15 years.
None of this is to excuse Jerry Jones from playing a big role in the Dallas Cowboys’ lack of success, but he’s not the only person to blame. To quote something Jones himself might say, ‘there’s more than one way to skin a hog,’ and the knife shouldn’t fall completely in the hands of the team’s GM. I’m not sure the phrase makes sense, and sometimes neither does Jones, but neither does blaming him for everything wrong with the Cowboys.
The NFL is a team game and despite a flawed organizational structure, everyone associated with the Dallas Cowboys deserves some of the blame, not just Jerry Jones.
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