Three Superbowl wins in four years. Those glory years for the Dallas Cowboys are now nothing but distant memories. It’s been 15 years since America’s Team hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. Fifteen long and lean years. And through all those losing seasons, there has been one constant: Owner and general manager, Jerry Jones. The man who fired Tom Landry and brought those Superbowl titles to our beloved franchise may now be the biggest single reason they haven’t returned to the promised land. The question is: Will Jerry Jones ever admit that he needs help and step down as general manager?
I honestly believe the answer is no. Never, in fact. Jones identifies himself with the Dallas Cowboys in such a way that stepping down from the GM position would be like cutting his own heart out of his chest. And as the owner the team, he simply doesn’t have to do it. Like a spoiled child who refuses to share his toys with others, Jones’ immense selfish love for the franchise may be exactly what’s killing it. His track record of bad trades, terrible player drafts, and mismanagement of the salary cap would have been enough to have any GM in the league fired by now.
Obviously, losing isn’t motivation enough for Jones to hire a new general manager. He wants to see this thing through to the bitter end. When asked about the possibility of hiring New England’s former vice chairman Bill Polian as the Cowboys GM during a recent radio interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, here’s what Jones had to say:
“The thing you gotta realize is that when you have an owner that is full-time as the owner, then you create a situation where you got as much turnover at GM at the coaching level. I think that just deters from the mix. I call on the very same kinds of influence on the people and information that someone like Bill Polian…I have a lot of respect for him. … (But) our fans need to understand that I have the ability to go get anybody and any bit of information that there is, sports or football. I do, and I’ll go get it.”
You have the sense that, when you read between the lines, Jones is actually saying: “You’ll have to take this GM job from my cold, dead hands.” And based on this response, it might actually take death and/or retirement for Jones to finally relinquish his role as the Cowboys general manager. Much to the chagrin of many Cowboy fans, Jones is here to stay.
In summation, the best thing about Jerry Jones is the worst thing about Jerry Jones: He’s a die-hard fan. Unfortunately, he’s also a delusional one. Jones is the type of fanatic who will go down with the ship. It’s just to bad that us “regular” fans have to go down with him.