Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a lot of things. He’s a successful man. He’s a smart man (don’t laugh. Are YOU a self-made billionaire?). He’s a powerful man.
But that doesn’t mean that everything he does is always right.
As the owner and GM of arguably the most visible franchise in the NFL, Jones is in a unique position. He’s one of the most visible personalities in all of sports, and he’s someone that has a lot of interesting things to say.
The problem is, it seems like Jones says something every week on his radio show (because it’s normal for an owner and/or a GM to have his own weekly radio show, right?) that becomes a story, whether right or wrong.
Earlier this week, Jones created headlines by talking about the recent struggles of his team in December. The popular story became that Jones was sending a message to his often criticized quarterback, Tony Romo.
Whether or not you believe that’s what Jones was intending to say is beside the point. Jones is the only owner or GM in the NFL who seems to create headlines every week. It’s not helpful to anyone, except media types whose job it is to talk about such things, and those who like to criticize Jones for his “meddling” style of ownership.
Now, it’s an unpopular opinion, but Jerry Jones, in a sense, is actually a pretty good owner. You could certainly do a lot worse.
Jones will never cut costs and he’s passionate and wants to win. He might not always go about it the right way, but his desire for a championship isn’t always a given with sports owners.
However, his constant need to be in the spotlight and in the media can’t be anything but a detriment to the team. At the very least, it certainly doesn’t help.
Truth be told, Jerry Jones has earned the right to do whatever he wants. He owns the team. He runs the team. It’s his money that finances the team. But it doesn’t have to be his voice that speaks for the team.
If Jerry really wants what is best for the Cowboys, and it’s hard to make an argument that he doesn’t, then he needs to step back, and not make himself the story every week.