Is Pressure Getting to Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones?

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Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • NYCowboysFan

    Well written article. I have been a fan of the Cowboys since 1970 so I have seen all the glory days, but these last 15 years have been frustrating. And until Jerry steps out of the GM role, nothing is going to change. Welcome to the world of mediocrity Dallas fans.

  • Old Frog

    JJ could be the guy that destroys the monniker “America’s Team”. If the Boys remain mediocre much longer, fans around the country might begin to switch their support to their local club. Might be a good thing though. Fewer TV appearances and lower merchandise sales might wake him up.

    • Josh Hart

      That moniker has been dead for a while. The Patriots have honestly taken it over for all intents and purposes. I’m no Pats fan, it’s just the truth.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I feel sorry for Jones. He just doesn’t see that he is the major cause of the present problems with the Cowboys. I would like to know what decent coach would work for Jones. The answer is none so be careful what you wish for. Fans had better hope Garrett sticks around as long as Jones is the GM.

    • Old Frog

      Of course he sees the problems but he loves being the GM more than he loves winning. If you gave him a choice between disappearing for a few years with a guarantee to win the Super Bowl vs. 8-8 seasons as the GM, I think he’d choose to be the GM.

  • jrcowboy49

    Jerrah is proud of his GM work ??? The Cowboys record of 134-134 since 1997 is the smoking gun of the blind and total arrogance of a narcissist! There is little hope of returning to the glory years with Jerrah and Stephen Jones in ownership and their complete mismanagement of the roster, the coaching staff, and the salary cap. I will never ever forget or forgive how this idiot fired Tom Landry!