Ever since Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones announced his desire for people at Valley Ranch to be uncomfortable the conspiracy theories surrounding the off season for the Cowboys have run amok. On February 25th, Jerry Jones will mark the 24th anniversary of his purchase of the Dallas Cowboys, and 2013 will be his 25th season as Cowboys Owner. That number represents the most years in our History.
Clint Murchison owned the team from 1960 to 1983. That was 24 seasons as Cowboys owner. Bum Bright owned the team from 1984 to 1988, marking 5 years as the owner. Jerry matched Clint in time owning the team last season with each owning the team for 24 seasons. This year he steps ahead of Clint’s time and takes sole possession of longest tenure as Cowboys owner. In four more years he will match Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, and Gil Brandt’s 29 seasons with the team.
I know that news will upset some fans of the Cowboys. Ever since Jerry Jones arrived he has ruffled feathers. He has made people, mostly the fans, uncomfortable. It began of course with the unceremonious firing of iconic Head Coach, Tom Landry. I still remember the Press Conference where Jerry introduced Jimmy Johnson as the second Head Coach in Cowboys History, and announced that Jimmy was going to be worth five First Round Draft picks. At the time I considered that very arrogant. In retrospect I think he was pretty close to dead right, as Jimmy Johnson and his staff resurrected the sinking Dallas Cowboys ship, and put it back on top of the football world.
The task of righting the ship has now fallen on the Ivy League shoulders of Jason Garrett. This is Garrett’s third season as Cowboys Head Coach, and I think it is very safe to say that given the edict of discomfort from the boss, he is firmly on the hot seat. The question is, how hot is it really?