If there’s one word that describes Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, beyond wealthy of course, it’s this one:
Human beings are known to be among the most emotional creatures on Earth, possibly leading all mammals in this category. I’m not sure exactly to what extent jealousy and self-consciousness apply to other living things, but it’s quite clear that humans carry a significant load of those two characteristics.
Well, consider Jones elite not just in terms of financial worth, but also where those two emotional elements above are concerned.
Yes, there’s other emotions we could discuss but I’m not here to write about modern psychology or anything similar. On the contrary, I’m trying to figure out exactly what is going on at Valley Ranch.
You know all about the poor trades, money wasted and other decisions by Jones that were simply bad ideas.
For example, Jones’ decision to pass on a readily available phenom-wide receiver named Randy Moss in the 1998 NFL Draft was a classic case of excessive self-consciousness. It also ended up being a case of long-term regret that might not have been satisfied until the dramatic selection of wide receiver Dez Bryant almost four years ago in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Clear is the fact that recovery efforts such as mindless trades for wide receivers like Joey Galloway in 2000 and Roy Williams in 2008 didn’t fix the vacuum and humiliation created by Moss for the Dallas franchise. Arguably no other player performed bigger against a team that failed to draft him than Moss did against the Cowboys.
In the Moss case, Jones was too self-conscious about the appearance of both himself as an NFL executive and also that of his franchise. Numerous incidents of off-the-field legal troubles for players like Michael Irvin and Leon Lett had plagued the final years of Dallas’ dynasty. Jones was simply afraid of the scrutiny he might have fallen under had he selected the controversial, yet brilliant, prospect with plenty of baggage coming out of the college ranks.