This fact seems to escape many media and fans, NFL Football is never a one man show. Not even our great Tom Landry, who for many years called both Offense and Defense, was the sole contributor to the game plans. Tom Landry relied on his staff; all Coaches do. Even Quality Control Coaches have incredible input into game plans. This had never been a mystery to those who really grasp the game, just an ignored fact by the media and a lot of fans. Just like the myth that Jerry Jones is the great and powerful Oz in Dallas and runs everything. No he doesn’t. Yes, it’s his team. Yes, he has the “final say.” So what? His “final say” is based entirely upon the work done by his football people.
I am sure some will want some evidence of that last comment. Okay, last year when the Cowboys were winning some games with guys right off the streets starting on Defense, who did Rob Ryan thank for finding these guys, Jerry Jones or Tom Ciskowski? Jerry isn’t a personnel guy. Ask Jimmy Johnson, he never has been. Who negotiated the trade for Claiborne? That was Stephen Jones on the phone with the Rams. Stephen is also the guy who answers all questions about contract details when the Cowboys announce them. The reason is as simple as Jerry has other primary duties. Jimmy even outlined this by saying Jerry makes the money. It’s his team, but anyone who thinks every decision is his, and his alone is nuts. His Head Coaches are the architects of the team, and the better the Coach, the better the overall product. No big secret formula.
I am sure there is still some doubt of this notion that Jerry is not pulling all the strings. At the Senior Bowl where did the media report Jason Garrett was instead of practices? I believe the exact comment was “Holed up in a Hotel room interviewing Coaching candidates.” Where was Jerry Jones? In Colorado at the X Games with his wife Gene. Do you really believe a man who controls everything down to finite details can do it without even being in the room? That is some serious fairy tale thinking if you do.
So what about the removal of Jason’s brother John from the Coaching staff? Surely that is evidence of Jerry’s all smacking hand right? No, it actually isn’t. I reported over a year ago that John Garrett wouldn’t be on the 2013 Cowboys coaching staff. John would like to escape the Cowboys and Garrett shadow and run his own college program. Forgive the analogy here, in 1959 George Reeves, the original Superman, committed suicide. The prevailing motive has always centered around the belief that he couldn’t find any other work as an actor and this disturbed him. He was Superman. He could not escape that shadow.