Dallas Cowboys a Mess After 25 Years of Jones

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Jan 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins former coach Jimmy Johnson at a Fox Sports press conference at Empire East Ballroom at the Sheraton New York Times Square in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

That’s a bit of history to consider and I won’t bother getting into the split regarding Jones and back-to-back Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson.

However, Jones has recently been rather open regarding the circumstances surrounding his purchase of the team, classless dismissal of legendary head coach Tom Landry and the ushering in of Johnson as Dallas’ second head coach.

Jones was quoted by the Dallas Morning News from the NFL Scouting Combine last weekend with the following sentiments regarding his abrupt actions towards Landry:

Probably if I had it to do over again, really, I would have waited a year and just got my feet on the ground a little bit more and probably just gone with the staff that we had and then later made the ultimate change that I made.

Well, hindsight is 20-20 I suppose, and in this particular case, what’s done is done.

Or is it?

The state of the Dallas franchise, one still under the lock and key of the Arkansas billionaire, is tepid to say the least. It seems like Jones still has trouble making solid decisions while focusing on the present and future success of the Cowboys.

If Landry and Johnson were examples of hasty decision making by a younger and greener NFL executive, the current state of the Dallas coaching staff seems like the opposite. In other words, sometimes no action at all can be just as bad as acting too quickly under the influence of too much excitement, pride or arrogance.

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  • Travis Forsyth

    What do Al Davis and Jerry Jones have in common? They’re both running their franchises into the ground

    • SmartThinking

      Psst. Davis has been dead over ten years.

    • Christian Blood

      Well, Al is dead so I’m not sure how much harm he’s doing anymore.

  • SmartThinking

    I watched the snip of Jones discussing his so terribly poor handling of the Landry incident on NFL.com. In his rambling, semi-lucid 1,000 words or more response, Jones admitted he was wrong. We’re twenty-five years into his management, and I use that term loosely, of this organization and that’s all we’re getting from “The World’s Greatest Expert”? He didn’t fire Landry properly?

    As you have so carefully pointed out in this story, Jerry’s still “gotta lotta splainin to do,” as to how he’s ruined this team and driven every aspect of its operation so deeply into the ground it’ll be a decade at least before we see any significant change.

    I, for one, want you to keep pounding that message home to these readers, Mr. Blood. As Cowboys fans, we deserve a significantly better product than we’ve paid for and received these last twenty-five years. And no one, absolutely no one is to blame but our current owner/GM.

    Someone once said that change takes patience. Doesn’t a quarter of a century count as patience enough? I’m tired of waiting any longer when it’s obvious Jones can’t pull his weight. He needs to go and a real football GM take over. I can’t speak for anyone else but my patience is up with this guy!

    • Scott.

      Agree 100 percent. The only way I know that can make a difference is to not purchase dallas cowboy product. For close to 27 years I’ve paid a ton of money yearly on cowboys gear. For the last five I haven’t purchased a single item. My wife and I have been going to a cowboys game for our anniversary but the last five we’ve found something else to spend our money on. I’ll never stop watching or rooting for them because I’ve been a fan since I could walk, but I do not have to spend my hard earned dollars.

  • Earl Robertson

    Jones did the opposite of what any owner would have done and he fired Landry and he got 2 SBs because of it. Then he did the opposite of any smart owner and fired Jimmy and he got another SB out of it. So since then he still thinks he can do the opposite of any smart owner and things will work out great for him! But he isn’t George Contazana so instead of working out it has been a disaster