In football matters, Jerry finally has let go of his position of general manager. No, he hasn’t given up the title, but he has ceded most of the decision-making to his son Stephen and pro-personnel man Will McClay. These men are running the draft boards, the meetings and working closely with scouts to make better football decisions for the team.
One of the biggest examples has been the last two years in the Draft. Both years a projected top-5 talent fell to them at their draft position and they opted to take an offensive lineman. Now, the Cowboys might have one of the best lines in the entire NFL. That is something Jerry would never do back in the old days.
In fact, up until selecting Tyron Smith in 2011, Jones has never picked a lineman with a first-round pick. While Jerry is still making the actual decisions, he is leaning closely more than ever to the people around him to help him make those sound football decisions.
Also, we aren’t seeing the big risk contract moves that Jerry is usually inclined to make over the past few years. One example is the release of All-Pro DeMarcus Ware, which had to be a hard thing for Jerry to do. Jerry loves his players and will do anything to make them happy, including giving them money they don’t deserve. Yet, with Ware’s cap number too high and since he was unwilling to take a pay-cut, Jones made the right move to release him. He put the future of the team ahead of personal feelings.