Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones is responsible for the debacle in Big D
Who is responsible for the debacle that is the Dallas Cowboys? Let’s examine why the answer to this question is owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
Who is responsible for the debacle that is the Dallas Cowboys? Is it head coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, or quarterback Dak Prescott? Answer … none of the above.
Jerry Jones is responsible for what has plagued the Cowboys for nearly 25 years. And why Dallas essentially a .500 team during that time. Jerry has excelled at selling the brand of the Dallas Cowboys. In the process he has made millions for the NFL and his fellow owners.
Is it really a stretch that Jones entered the Hall of Fame on his ability to print money, as opposed to putting a sustained, winning product on the field? His teams haven’t advanced beyond the divisional round since their last Super Bowl win in 1995.
To understand why there has been such an extended period of mediocrity, let’s dive into the past to see just how much it affected the future. It all began with the bitter Jimmy Johnson divorce and culminated with the hiring Garrett.
Jerry’s ego has always known no bounds. In forcing out Johnson, he brought in the anti-Jimmy in former Oklahoma Sooner Coach Barry Switzer, who had no prior NFL coaching experience and massaged players as opposed to holding them accountable on or off the field. Despite winning one Super Bowl with most of the roster Johnson had assembled, Switzer was unable to keep the momentum going and lasted only four years.
To kick start the scoring offense that sagged from 2nd to 22nd under Switzer, Jones hired Chan Gailey, who wasted generational talents like quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith.