ESPN.com has gone position by position and compiled a list of the leagues best. Most recently, they have gone to the leagues front offices and put together a list of the leagues top ten owners.
As you would expect, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came in the top ten at number eight. The Cowboys owner fell behind the Rooney family, Kraft family, Packers nation, Mara/Tisch, Jeff Lurie, Steve Bisciotti and Jim Irsay. Jones ranked ahead of Arthur Blank and Woody Johnson.
A complete look at the how the votes were distributed is after the jump.
“Jerry Jones is more involved in football operations than an owner ideally would be,” Sando said. “He has shown questionable judgment in hiring head coaches. His involvement in football operations had made those coaches’ jobs tougher. Jones dispatched with Tom Landry harshly and later failed to sustain the success Jimmy Johnson orchestrated.
“Also on Jones’ watch, the Cowboys have suffered through the practice-bubble catastrophe, a Super Bowl experience that produced poor reviews and a video purporting to show Jones’ drunken antics in a bar. Jones also was part of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee when the league agreed to the ill-fated 2006 collective bargaining agreement. Overall, the team hasn’t enjoyed enough success recently to say the ends justify the means.”
Yasinskas contended that Jones simply is overrated these days.
“If Jerry Jones had continued the success he had with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer back in the 1990s, he’d be at the top of my list,” Yasinskas said. “But the fact is the Cowboys really haven’t been all that relevant for a long time. Part of that is due to Jones.
“He’s done some good things and the new stadium is fabulous, but he’s been way too hands-on with that franchise and he’s run through lots of good coaches and players without any real results.”
You can’t deny that Jerry Jones tries everything in his power to win, however, he is a big part of the team’s problem. Jones needs to take a step back and allow football guys to take control. Will that ever happen? Who knows, but you can’t hate Jerry for wanting to win and have a say in who is on the team when he is putting forth the money.