Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Wrong on Playoff Expansion

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December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claps while standing on the field prior to the Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

If you were wondering exactly how much more average and weak the NFL could get, you’re answer is coming soon to a football stadium near you.

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys haven’t been to the playoffs since right after the 2009 season and they sport all of one playoff victory since 1997. The just completed 8-8 season in 2013, essentially a hat-trick for the once great franchise, marks four years void of postseason play for the first time during the regime of owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

The fixes for Dallas would seem to include better drafting, fewer trades for overrated players in exchange for premium draft picks and certainly better management of the salary cap.

Seems easy enough, but there’s something even better—kind of.

How about simply adding more teams to the NFL playoffs?

Jones recently expressed his enthusiasm for this idea to radio station 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM). His rational for the following quote is where things get rather compelling, especially considering his franchise’s unprecedented run of mediocrity under his watch:

From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area … you can have that team win the Super Bowl. That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs.

Is Jones really suggesting that a team that hovers below 8-8 needs to be in the playoffs, let alone competing in Super Bowls?

Well, that might work for his franchise, all things considered.

What a far cry from the standard that the Cowboys had set for themselves in previous eras.

Apparently, we can say the very same thing for the NFL, as a whole.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones Roger Goodell

  • SmartThinking

    Let’s face it, Jones is a smarmy weasel wrapped in silk and cashmere. It’s his nature. His version of Cowboys football has been eclipsed by the game itself and by most of the other teams that play it, thanks completely to his incessant meddling and flim flam involvement style. So, to remain relevant when his product can’t compete on an even playing field, he’s got to try to change the rules so Dallas can slither in under the back door.

    What’s this supposed to prove? That the fans won’t know the difference, or care how we got there? That Dallas is a great football franchise? That it can make the playoffs and compete with the legitimate contenders for the Lombardi? Or, that Jones can find an alternate way to fill his Xanadu stadium with the butts of willing participants in his con job disguised as football and line his pockets even further without having to build a winner.

    He’ll never understand that owning an NFL franchise is a labor of love. I’m truly embarrassed for this storied franchise with its history of class owners prior to Jones. And I’m particularly embarrassed for Jones, a living, breathing testament to the truth that some men, no matter how hard they try, will never have any class and certainly no shame.

    • Christian Blood

      SmartThinking, you’ve left me with absolutely nothing left to say on this!

      Nice post …

  • Earl Robertson

    Good article and that is right players and owners 30 years ago seemed to play to win but now that TV is dishing crazy amounts all that anyone sees is $$$ signs!!! Money can’t but you happiness but in Jones case it can buy you a GM position when you are a used car salesmen!

    • Christian Blood

      Well, a used car salesman that just happened to find oil in the right hole.

  • Juanito Juanito

    talking football jerry is wrong in everithing

  • Brian

    Sounds like a little premature doom and gloom prophecy here. I am not gonna argue it is all about money. But to say the NFL is going to be “watered down” is a little bit like the sky is falling before anything even happens.

    • Christian Blood

      The NFL already is watered down … that part isn’t a question at all. This is more about adding more yet more mediocrity to the national stage.