Most people don’t like to feel pressure to do anything, regardless of how well they respond to it. Pressure is generally associated with a sense of urgency or momentum that goes against our definition of comfort.
In the wake of one of the top two biggest breakdowns in the history of the Dallas franchise, the two most recent occurring with head coach Jason Garrett wearing the headset in Arlington, Jones seemed pretty testy when peppered by the media following Sunday’s crippling loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Can we really blame Jones for feeling a little uneasy?
Realize that never before has Jones’ Cowboys gone four consecutive seasons without making the playoffs, a historic feat that’s now staring America’s Team right in the face. Forget the single playoff victory in a span of 17 seasons. Dallas can’t even get into the postseason, let alone win a game if they get there.
Jones is well aware of this possibility. Despite the fact that the Cowboys somehow continue to control their own destiny in this frustrating 2013 regular season, the issue with not making the playoffs isn’t even the most irritating part of the discussion.
Compounding matters for Jones is his own emotional position at this present time. For the last seven seasons, Jones has been convinced that Garrett, a close friend, was the guy best capable of leading Dallas back to contention in the NFL. We have heard Jones using words and phrases such as “excited” and “fired-up” when referring to the future of Garrett in Dallas—what exactly fires him up is something only he understands.
Let’s just say that Jones is much more irritated than fired up these days. This is a common occurrence, I would expect, when a billionaire runs into a situation that he or she can’t control. Jones is learning that money certainly can’t buy everything.
See, it’s not simply about winning for Jones. Far and away the biggest consideration for this particular individual is himself, period.