I think we’ve had a good 24-plus hours since every major sports news outlet has caught wind of Jerry Jones defending his first-round picks from the 2008 draft, and can get a good recap of the general guffawing — as is what happens when a publicity-seeking gajillionaire makes decisions that become flops.
In case you missed it, the Dallas Cowboys owner spoke out defending his first-round selections of cornerback Mike Jenkins and running back Felix Jones in that fateful 2008 draft. This offseason Jenkins left for the Oakland Raiders and Jones for the Cincinnati Bengals after underwhelming runs in Dallas.
“We got starting time out of both of them,’’ Jerry Jones said recently, as reported by The Dallas Morning News. “That’s not enough, but those guys aren’t NFL busts. We were proud to have him (Felix Jones) with that No. 1 pick, and as late as last year I was proud to have that No. 1 in Jenkins. But it is five years down the road now.’’
This spawned a headline-writers dream, including Grantland’s sardonicly titled “Jerry Jones Stands by 2008 Draft, Continues Distancing Himself From Reality” along with a deluge of message board jokes about how Jones should’ve fired the GM a long time ago.
I am in no way saying that the sum of oilman Jones’ meddling with personnel decisions has been positive, but the glass half-full take says the Cowboys have managed to be a slightly above-average team since he threw himself behind an undrafted quarterback, and a pass-rusher most experts said shouldn’t be chosen over Shawne Merriman. As a result, Tony Romo (through 2020) and DeMarcus Ware (through 2016) have had 14 years and about roughly $200 million in salary tied up between them, and have been paid handsomely for being Jones’ two biggest bright spots this millennium.