Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Jerry Jones: The Good And The Bad

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks on the field before the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    If he is so smart then why is he still the general manager after over 17 years of failure? Some of the things he has done as general manager have been absolutely dumb. Not doing the smart things after all these years I have to conclude the main reason for his financial success has been luck. It certainly isn’t because he’s smart…..just listen to some of the idiotic things he says! And could we do a lot worse for an owner? I think maybe if Al Davis were still alive and our owner things could be a lot worse. Fact is he is no longer alive and I see no way we could do any worse.

  • Old Frog

    Evaluating football talent and what it’s worth is different than business acumen. As a businessman he’s a combination of T. Boone Pickens and P T Barnum. As an evaluator or football talent and how much it should be paid he’s…well…Jerry Jones.

  • SmartThinking

    Let’s get something straight: there’s only been one NFL franchise owner, in the entire history of the game, worse than Jerry Jones. That man was Al Davis, another guy who had more money and hubris than sense.

    Jones’ tenure as owner/GM has been a consummate failure by any standard short of his own. Even Davis succommed to his ego and hired a GM after a decade of losing teams. The Cowboys franchise is pushing twenty years of losing now.

    Since he’s owned this team, the Cowboys have burned through, what, 6 or 7 head coaches, two of which were world class. Parcells and Johnson left because they couldn’t put up with Jones’ constant meddling and interjections of his opinions, not to mention his high jacking of the credit for building those three Super Bowl winning teams he inherited when he bought the team.

    Jones has taken a storied sports franchise with a 30 year history of winning and turned it into a laughing stock in the football community. His personnel and player choices have handicapped this team in ways too numerous to mention here. Currently, there are/were players on this team who are risking a civil lawsuit and forfeiture of salary just to get away from him and the mess he’s created. Under his poor administration and misuse of the cap, this team is facing losing, for instance, it’s entire defensive front line because he won’t pay them their value. Yet, a quarterback like Romo, regardless of how you value his abilities, receives Top Ten money for doing nothing the other top ten quarterbacks have done.

    This Cowboys team is struggling to be a 50-50 team year after year. Using his own matrix for assessing the performance of his personnel, Jones should have been summarily fired years ago if, for no other reason than that.

    Sure. He’s the owner and the owner’s golden rule is, “He who has the gold makes the rules. ”

    But Dallas Cowboys football fans have put up with enough of Jones’ mismanagement style and, frankly, we deserve significantly better from our owner than the shoddy product he’s personally responsible for producing these past years.

    Jones is the first to tell you that he’s doing his best work this year. All anyone has to do is look at the results of that best work to determine Jones is completely delusional.

    Dallas Cowboys fans deserve better from their owner. Just because he can’t see it because his monumental ego clouds his judgment is no excuse.

  • Krupinsky

    I agree with you. Just to be clear, this wasn’t meant to be a super pro-Jerry Jones piece, or to excuse anything that he does. The takeaway was meant to be that Jerry, for all he does well, doesn’t always do a good job of knowing what is good for the team, and that he puts himself into positions that no other owner or GM does, and it doesn’t help anyone.