Dallas “D” Not As Bad As It’s “O(wner)”

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If you throw out the two years directly after Johnson and Parcells left a team stocked with talent due to the frustration with meddling Jerry (1994 and 2007), the Cowboys in Joneses tenure as owner are 108-110.  Under Johnson and Parcells, they were 78-66 which is more impressive when you factor in the horrible messes each had to clean up.  Johnson and Parcells had six winning seasons in nine years as the major talent evaluator and head coach which resulted in two Super Bowl victories and five playoff appearances.  Joneses other puppets have had seven winning seasons in the sixteen years that he has been the football mind.  Miraculously, that got another Super Bowl and seven playoff seasons.

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


What does all this have to do with Sunday Night?  Well, let’s see, this organization was once again embarrassed and undressed in front of a Nationally televised audience for the umpteenth time.  This one by a former offensive coordinator (Sean Payton) who should have been our next head coach and a former defensive coordinator (Rob Ryan) who was fired because he was the only guy Jerry wanted to blame for last season’s failure.  So much for a keen eye for spotting coaching talent, but it is not only coaching talent Jerry whiffs on.

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


The main issue all year has been the ridiculously bad defense.  I am not going to continue to bemoan the absurd statistics that the opposition has had against the defense.  It’s honestly just too much.  What does this have to do with Jerry?  How about since 2008 the Cowboys have had 39 draft picks and of those picks, only five are defensive starters.  One is a slot corner (Orlando Scandrick) who is now a full-time starter because another (Morris Claiborne) is either injured or ineffective.  One is a fabulously skilled, injury prone linebacker (Sean Lee) while another (Bruce Carter) is battling for a starting gig with a re-tread (Ernie Sims) who is on his fourth team in eight years.  The last (J.J. Wilcox) started two games a rookie before he, too… wait for it… got injured.


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Topics: Bill Parcells, Bruce Carter, Dallas Cowboys, Ernie Sims, J.J. Wilcox, Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson, Justin Durant, Miles Austin, Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick, Sean Lee

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  • SmartThinking

    Mr. Starr’s article is the first really definitive story I’ve read that clearly illustrates just how poorly Jerry Jones has mismanaged this team. Kudos, sir. This is even worse than I thought.

    Jones is the first one to step up and take credit when this team wins. He must accept personal responsibility for all of this team’s mistakes as well. And no owner would tolerate the type of mismanagement and errors in judgment we’ve seen from this team’s GM.

  • Lauren Nickerson

    I love reading your articles each week. I appreciate that you are a knowledgeable writer and your passion really comes through in your writing. Great article! Keep up the great work-

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