Has This Old Dallas Cowboys’ Dog Learned A New Trick?

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Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Fox broadcaster Jimmy Johnson prior to the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Most believe the “curse of former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson” is some intangible, karmic force that gladly repays us annually for the infamous quote that led to Jimmy’s tenure ending in Dallas. Actually, the “curse” is and has always been the pride of Jerry Jones, himself. That pride has led him to refuse for years to acknowledge that he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, and whatever other omni- he would like to be. Despite his refusal to believe it, it does actually take the right front office and coaching staff to change great players into Super Bowl champions.

For all the slander that our beloved “Jerruh” endures, I’m the first to stand up and defend his credibility as well. So let me be clear on that fact. I’m no fan of how he “handled” Tom Landry, but, he also subsequently brought in Mr. Johnson which then led us to three of the five Lombardi’s we call our very own (insert Barry Switzer here as needed). Unfortunately, he then robbed us of the seventh and possibly eighth when the aforementioned pride reared it’s ugly head.

Ever since , it’s been the absolute pits. The Cowboys have shown flashes of potential, most notably the 13-3 record posted in the 2007 season fresh on the heels of losing the Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells. A shame that we must always temper a positive with a negative. It makes sense, though, considering that’s the story of a franchise that has been stuck at .500 since the 90′s: no positive without the immediate negative. Ouch.

Jerry has shown a proclivity to have an uncanny eye for talent (not to ignore those that influenced the acquisitions, such as Parcells, for example). However you choose to spin it, though, our beloved owner/general manger is just as responsible for overseeing the drafting of DeMarcus Ware, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Darren Woodson, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, etc etc etc.

He also has to receive a good deal of credit for acquiring players like Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders and bringing in the now all time franchise passing leader and media lightning rod, quarterback Antonio Ramiro Romo. It’s worth noting that he also kept Saint’s head coach Sean Payton from successfully wooing Romo to New Orleans early in his career. Just an added FYI for your digestion.

For all of the good, though, we must also admit the suffering from the likes of Roy Williams, Felix Jones, Terrell Owens, Terrence Newman, and most notably Jeremiah Ratliff (That contract was a joke with no punch line).

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  • Ced/Big C

    You definitely kept it 100….Hope Jerry ( or Stephen ) continue in this route…and don’t revert back 2 old tactics…This year’s draft will be big in seeing where this team can head

    • Earl Robertson

      That is right you can turn a team around fast with a good draft. They need to draft players from big schools, no projects and no injured prone guys! So this draft will tell us if things have really change for the better!

      • Patrik Walker

        Please, no injury prone players. My heart can’t take another year of it. Careful about players from big schools, though. Sometimes they come with big egos. The guys from “non-prime” universities also tend to have better work ethic as they usually play with a chip on their shoulder.

        It’s not an exact science. It’s a risk either way. Glad I don’t have to make that call, to be honest. Lol.

        • Earl Robertson

          I would rather have a 7th rounder from a big school instead of a 4th rounder from a division II. Hollman is a perfect example, he was picked in the sixth but looks more of a playmaker then anyone they got in the 4th

          • Patrik Walker

            I don’t disagree here. Simply saying you have to admit there’s a risk either way. But, generally, players from bigger schools/programs are more NFL ready. So you’re correct overall.

          • Patrik Walker

            I don’t disagree here. Simply saying you have to admit there’s a risk either way. But, generally, players from bigger schools/programs are more NFL ready. So you’re correct overall.

    • Patrik Walker

      100% agree, Ced. These off season moves will either be solidified by this draft or undermined by it. Shall we pray?

  • Old Frog

    Jerry has his new “triplets”….Stephen, Garrett, and McClay. All under 50 and raring to go.

    • Patrik Walker

      And I’m raring to rub our victories in the faces of our enemies.

  • Ed

    Patrik, as a Cowboys fanatic you should know Irvin was drafted under Tex’s watch, one year prior to Jones’ purchase of the Cowboys. Sorry, but I had to set that straight.

    • Patrik Walker

      You are correct, Ed. Blame the Jerry in me for that error.

      By the way…..I’ll never forgive you for making me remember how much I miss Schramm. How dare you, Ed. How dare you.

      Lol. Salute.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article and very much on the positive side. All teams do make personnel and salary cap mistakes. Those teams who make fewer than others are the teams that are contenders. Jones did make some good decisions but not enough to make up for the numerous bad ones. It appears the Cowboys are now heading in the right direction but I am holding my praise until after the draft. After all, they did waste resources when they recently signed probably the worst quarterback in the league.

    • Patrik Walker

      Thank you for the comment and I’m glad you appreciated the write up. I did cringe when we started talking to Weeden. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t fight off a bout of nausea. However, we do need a practice squad QB and we’re basically paying Weeden in Jolly Ranchers and a box of used envelopes.

      If it turns out we can actually develop him into a solid backup, then, we’re going to look like geniuses.

      Time will tell. Until then, on to the draft. Cheers.

  • PaulTX

    I may be one of few that like Jerry. He is not the best GM in the league, but he’s not the worst. JJ is probably a solid 8-8.

    • Patrik Walker

      Lol…..a solid 8-8. Well said, Paul. My stance is always simple: give blame where it’s due and be equally willing to give praise when it’s owed. I look forward to this draft. Let’s see if he can truly let go of the reigns.

      • PaulTX

        He’s done amazing at finding value in free agency. No one ever gives him credit for that.

        • Patrik Walker

          Not true. You and I do. Lol.

        • Patrik Walker

          Not true. You and I do. Lol.