As is his norm, Jerry Jones took to the air waves on Tuesday for his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM 105.3 "The Fan"; during this week's broadcast, the conversation quickly turned to the one recourse that we, as fans, have at our disposal. That tool is fan apathy, and it is something that Jones does not see that as a possibility.
“Not with games like the other day. That’s a show, if you want to look at it that way.” - Jerry Jones
Well, Jerry, most of us do not want to look at that way. My personal feeling is that it can most aptly be referred to by two words; the first one being cluster and the second is a word that would violate site decorum.
While the Cowboys owner may indeed think that Sunday's meltdown was a "jolly good show", he appears to be the only person who views the collapse in that light. The second-half meltdown ranks alongside another loss to the Green Bay Packers, the loss that resulted in Jason Garrett assuming the helm from Wade Phillips, as the most embarrassing defeat of the Jones era in Dallas. After more than a decade and a half of the so-called "good shows", under a succession of head coaches, all with the same dearth of results; everyone seems to have gotten the message except Jerry. There is only one common thread that runs through it all, and that is Mr. Jones himself.
When that fact was pointed out to the man whom many refer to as the second coming of Al Davis, all Jones would say is that he would have liked to win a Super Bowl or two over that time span. The owner who fancies himself as an NFL General Manager thinks he is at the top of his game.
"The facts are that I really do think the way things have rolled out that I'm getting to do some of the best work that I've done, relatively speaking in my career of these last several years,"
Although Jones fails to accept it, history would suggest he is not a legitimate GM. After nearly a quarter century on the job, the chances are, he is not going to grow into the job. Still, Jerry Jones refuses to relent and hire a personnel man to run his franchise in the way it should be managed.
“It’s often said, Why don’t I get someone to be the G.M.? Why don’t I get someone to pick the players? Well, who in the world do you think that person, when they walk through the door and say, ‘We want to get this player, and we want to pay this player,’ what in the world do you think I’m going to do? I’m going to sit down, and I’m going to go through it, and I’m going to say, ‘Show me the player before I write the check. Show me the player. And let me see everything about the player.’ Well, rather than have that happen, I get involved in it and get to know everything there is to know about the players before they get through the door.”
Perhaps Jerry just doesn't understand the idea is for him to find someone he can put his trust in, a specialist who has a proven track record of success, so that he doesn't have to put his efforts into being the general manager. More likely it is something else. Like the folks over at Pro Football Talk concluded; "He bought the Cowboys because he thinks it’s fun to run a football team, and he’s going to continue to run the football team."
It is the rest of the people associated with the Dallas Cowboys who pay the price; coaches, players, and mostly the fans. None of that matters after all, the owner is giving us all "a good show." The sad truth is that Jerry Jones tenure as general manager since the 90s Super Bowl era is tarnishing the blue star that once shined brightly across the football universe.
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