Dan Reeves, a respected former NFL football coach, was prepared to come on board with the Dallas Cowboys as a chief consultant. He was basically going to be a head coach behind the scenes. He was going to have control over personnel and he was going to assist the coaches in forming a championship team.
He came to Valley Ranch and moved into an office. And then one day letter, he left, in what has become one of numerous bizarre stories out of Valley Ranch this year.
The source-mobile from the Star Telegram and Dallas Morning News is that Jerry Jones required this weird clause in Reeves’ contract to ensure he works hard. I am dead serious. And Reeves is speaking out about it, and it’s got to be very embarrassing for Jerry Jones.
“For someone to question how I’ve done [my time] for a lot of years, I’ve never been questioned. Plus, as a coach, how can you verify that? Nobody punches a clock.”
“You don’t work 23 years in this business whatsoever without some kind of work ethic,” Reeves said. “To me, why would you want it in there? A contract should be like a handshake anyway.”
It’s frustrating when you have an owner who really needs to be grabbed by the neck and pushed against a wall. Jerry Jones is just making stupid moves after stupid moves. Since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys have been in the middle of a joke franchise to a bunch of underachieving turkeys–and almost all of it can be attributed to Jerry freaking Jones.
When Jones sought written protection that said Reeves had to maintain that workload is when the problems began. Jones sought protection in case Reeves, 65, didn’t want to work hard.
“Dan, I’ve got to have that,” Jones said he told Reeves. “It protects both of us.”
Really, Jerry? You really needed a time-clock clause for a coach with 40 years of experience in the NFL, who busted his rearend to win a Super Bowl and brought mediocre teams to the big game only to play powerhouses in the NFC. Really, Jerry? Dan Reeves have a reputation for being a lazy bum?