I believe time has healing abilities. People make mistakes. We can either acknowledge them, grow up and mature, or we can simply ignore them by pushing them under the rug. Things that remain under the rug always resurface at some point in our lives.
And until we rectify them, mistakes will continue to claim their tax on us.
General Manager Jerry Jones is hurting The Dallas Cowboys. His inability to see his mistakes has cost his organization embarrassment. And while he continues to receive piles of cash, fans are left with empty hearts.
Somebody must pay.
Here are top 5 mistakes made by our General Manager:
5. Wide Receiver Roy Williams Trade
The Cowboys sent their 1st, 3rd, and 6th round picks to The Detroit Lions for the services of Roy Williams.
Oh crap, that was bad.
Former Super Bowl winning Quarterback Troy Aikman went on record to say that if this blockbuster trade did not work out, it would not only be the worst trade in Cowboys history, but in the history of the NFL.
Williams received a 5 year extension worth 45 million. He played less than 3 seasons.
In 40 games played, Williams caught 94 balls along with 13 touchdowns. He had 1,324 receiving yards.
To put this in perspective, current Wide Receiver Dez Byrant finished this season with 92 receptions, 12 touchdowns and 1,382 receiving yards.
How is your math?
4. The Passing On Wide Receiver Randy Moss in 1998
This one is debatable. But what you can’t argue is how well Moss played against the Cowboys. He simply ruined Thanksgiving dinner. Take a look at his numbers:
1998: 3 catches, 163 yards, 3 touchdowns (Vikings 46, Cowboys 36)
1999: 6 catches, 91 yards, 2 touchdowns (Vikings 27, Cowboys 17)
1999 playoff game: 5 catches, 127 yards, 1 touchdown (Vikings 27, Cowboys 10)
2000: 7 catches, 144 yards, 2 touchdowns (Vikings 27, Cowboys 15)
2004: 4 catches, 27 yards, 2 touchdowns (Vikings 35, Cowboys 17)
As a Viking, Randy Moss never lost to the Cowboys. He had his turkey and some. So much for taking the chip off your shoulder.
Thanks Randy. Thanks a lot.
3. The Joey Galloway Trigger
This mistake cost Dallas two first round draft picks (Seahawks went on to draft Running Back Shaun Alexander). In his first season as a Cowboy, Galloway played in only one game after tearing the ACL in his left knee. His numbers as a Cowboys?
Glad you asked.
In 48 games played, Galloway caught 151 balls along with 12 touchdowns. He had 2,341 receiving yards.
Again, to put this in perspective, current Wide Receiver Dez Byrant finished this season with 92 receptions, 12 touchdowns and 1,382 receiving yards.
2. Inability To Keep Things Right With BFF Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
Former Head Coach Jimmy Johnson was the coach to beat in his era. Technically, he won two Super Bowls (1992 and 1993), not three. But we all know the success of the 1994 and 1995 team was just a mirror of Jimmy Johnson’s assembly.
Oh man, what could have been. I’m sure Cowboy fans could talk about this all day. But did you know mastermind Bill Belichick, Head Coach of The New England Patriots, hangs with Jimmy Johnson? That says something. Check this video out. Skip to 15:45.
So how many rings did this cost The Cowboys?
1. General Manger Jerry Jones Refuses To Fire Himself
NBC’s Bob Costas asked Jones whether the owner himself, would have fired Jones the General Manager. Jerry Jones replied:
“Well, I think so.” He went on to say, “I’ve always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”
Witness the interview here.
Issues. A lot of it. But we all know the truth: Jerry Jones is staying. He knows it. We know it.
Somebody please ask the fat lady to sing.