Anyone impressed with the performance of Montrae Holland yesterday has to offer yet another tip of the hat to the GM behind the move.
Jerry Jones has had an intriguing career in the NFL. As an owner, his rather dubious entry left a bad taste in people's mouth (myself included). But with time he's won over most, including myself. How can you not like an owner that has three Super Bowl wins?
There is an unwritten rule in sports: owners should not dabble in the business of the GM. Jerry Jones seemed to learn that lesson the hard way.
Yet lately it seems he's re-written that rule. Perhaps he learned a thing or two from Parcells, but in recent years, Jerry's GM moves have put him in an elite crowd. He's arguably the BEST GM in the NFL right now.
Not all agree. Three weeks ago, the media opinion du jour questioned Jerry's choice of not only coach, but also players with lack of heart. Wade was the easy scape-goat, but few players escaped criticism.
Losing streaks will do that to America's Team. Especially when the year started with Super aspirations. But upon closer look at the job Jerry Jones has accomplished in recent years as the Cowboy's GM, it's hard to deny the wisdom of so many recent moves:
1. Great Drafts - while it takes years to truly judge, the Cowboys seem to be choosing wisely in the post-Parcells era.
2. Bigg Davis - Everyone laughed until Davis and Pro-Bowl were mentioned in the same breath.
3. Hamlin - From cast-off to defensive QB, Hamlin may be Jerry's most valuable move of all.
4. Tank - Who in Texas doesn' t like a gun-lover? He's been an asset both on the field and in the locker room.
5. Zach Thomas - yet another leader both on and off the field.
6. Roy Williams - though he's just begun to unpack, few can question getting a proven stud versus the lottery WRs are in the draft.
7. ** Pacman? I'm not one to write him off yet! Jerry certainly isn't afraid to stick his neck out. Pacman's upside is huge, and the downside is off-set by an extra draft pick.
... and now Holland? One game does not make a career, and the remaining games will be the real test, but Holland seems a clear upgrade to Proctor.
At what point does Jerry Jones finally win over the skeptics?