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Is Jerry Jones the worst General Manager in the NFL?


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Jerry Jones is a very Polarizing figure. He wants to win so badly that he doesn't trust anyone but himself to be the General Manager.

He actually has two choices:

1. Be the General Manager Himself. He feels he played College Football and knows what a "Zone Blocking Scheme" is from first hand knowledge. He can easily read a play book, and knows what a "9 route" is as well. So, when he hears that he should "step down" and let a real "Football Man" take over, he must be scratching his head and wondering just what does a real "football man" mean?

He also feels that the "Scouting Department" which includes "Pro Player Scouts" as well, is the most critical postions at "Talent Evaluation" and unlike the rumors that he makes talent evaluations, these are the guys that he has to hit on, and with Tom Cisnowski, many feel he has finally done that.

2. Hire a General Manager that will give him the results he wants and not take the team in the wrong direction. So, if I were Jerry and I wanted to hire someone to be the General Manager, what would I look for in that person? Well, first I would want someone that would be in harmony with a proven management style, and one that has proven successful in my other business ventures. And that style would not be where the General Manager just gets input and then makes an edict that all must follow. A dictatorship can only be as successful as the insight that he has, and I have seen too many cases, (Matt Millen), where if he is too egotistical, he will only want "Yes" men to provide input.

Jerry feels that since he manages by Consensus, then all decisions will be "Many heads are better than one", and at least there will be great insights, and more insights, that can be proven by those "brainstorming" sessions, where the cream rises to the top and the Leader reveals himself with the sound logic that comes from listening to several "devil's advocate" voices that can clarify opinions, and Jerry makes it clear that he welcomes those who are not afraid to speak up and let their ideas be known and championed.

Jerry has had several Head Coaches that are strong minded and do not hesitate to "speak up" and present their vision. Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, and now Jason Garrett. He has also had some that were afraid to speak up, (or at least from a perspective of those who have seen and commented on that aspect), like Dave Campo, and perhaps Chan Gailey because they felt intimidated by Jerry.

And those that would say that "Jerry wants yes men or puppets" could not be more wrong.

Now, with all that being said, let's look at what makes a good G.M. and see what we find about Jerry the G.M.

First in grading a G.M.'s performance, we should establish some parameters:

1. What is his winning percentage?

2. Has he picked competent people under him to delegate responsibilities to?

3. Has he had the chance to get the right athletes to achieve the goal of Winning as much as possible?

4. How does he compare to others in his position?

5. Has he had the opportunity to get a franchise Quarterback? As Parcells once said..."You can't just dial 1-800-franchise Quarterback" and we all know how important to success, (Andrew Luck), that being able to have one that can be picked or signed is.

OK, now with that criteria out of the way, let's examine each of those parameters.

1. Cowboys Winning Regular Seasons Percentage of the Cowboys since Jerry bought the team and proclaimed himself Owner and General Manager in 1989:

206 Wins, 178 Losses for a winning percentage of 54%.

2. Cowboys Winning Post Season Percentage of the Cowboys since Jerry bought the team:

12 Wins, 9 losses for a winning percentage of 57%.

3. Cowboys Winning Percentage since finding our 2nd Franchise Quarterback (Romo) under Jerry's stewardship:

64 Wins, 48 Losses for a winning percentage of 57%.

Now let's take the winning percentage of 2 very successful franchises for that same time period, since Jerry bought the team, and also look at two very unsuccessful franchises in that period as well:

Successful Teams:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers regular season winning percentage in that period:

237 Wins, 146 Losses for a winning percentage of 62%.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers Post season winning percentage in that period:

14 Wins, 10 Losses for a winning percentage of 58%.

1. New England Patriots regular season winning percentage in that period:

224 Wins, 160 Losses for a winning percentage of 58%.

2. New England Patriots post season winning percentage in that period:

20 Wins, 11 Losses for a winning percentage of 65%.

Not Successful Teams:

1. Detroit Lions regular Season winning percentage in that period:

148 Wins, 239 Losses for a winning percentage of 39%.

2. Detroit Lions Post Season winning percentage in that period:

1 Win, 7 Losses for a winning percentage of 13%.

1. Washington Redskins regular season winning percentage in that period:

180 Wins, 203 Losses for a winning percentage of 47%.

2. Washington Redskins Post Season winning percentage in that period:

7 wins, 6 Losses for a winning percentage of 54%.

So, in summary:

When we look at Jerry's record against teams that have a "football guy" as the General Manager, we can plainly see that he isn't the bumbling idiot that so many try to portray him to be.

Regular Season Stats:

Cowboys Regular Season Record 206 Wins, 178 Losses for a winning percentage of 54%.

Patriots Regular Season Record 224 Wins, 160 Losses for a winning percentage of 58%.

Steelers Regular Season Record 237 Wins, 146 Losses for a winning percentage of 62%.

Lions Regular Season Record 148 Wins, 239 Losses for a winning percentage of 39%.

Redskins Regular Season Record 180 Wins, 203 Losses for a winning percentage of 47%.

Post Season Stats:

Cowboys Post Season Record 12 Wins, 9 Losses for a winning percentage of 57%.

Patriots Post Season Record 20 Wins, 11 Losses for a winning percentage of 65%.

Steelers Post Season Record 14 Wins, 10 Losses for a winning percentage of 58%.

Lions Post Season Record 1 Win, 7 Losses for a winning percentage of 13%.

Redskins Post Season Record 7 Wins, 6 Losses for a winning percentage of 54%.

Now, let me see, what was the question? Oh, yea, "Is Jerry Jones the worst GM in the NFL?"

You guys tell me!

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