Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jerry Jones Arrogance: This is why the Cowboys will always suck

I'm too sad to come up with anything witty...
As many of you know, I am a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. I watch all the games, even though I know full-well that I'm in for nothing more than an extended period of anger, disappointment, frustration, and heartbreak. Nevertheless, I trudge on with my team, hoping that one day things will be different. Today's comments from Jerry Jones stamped out any last shred of hope that I had.

I don't normally do this kind of post for the blog, but after reading the transcript of Jones' comments , I simply couldn't resist. If you had any question as to why I constantly complain about my NFL lot in life, here is proof positive that being a Dallas Cowboys is the absolute worst torture that can befall any football fan.

"The facts are that I've spent 22 years doing this exactly the same way."
Yes, we are all very aware of that. That's the problem, Jerry! You won't change your ways even though it's clearly not working! Seriously, does he think it's a good thing that he's too dumb to fix a problem? Does he think this statement impresses us somehow? When Jerry Jones first bought the team in 1989, he made a series of radical changes that grew the team into a mini-dynasty of sorts. Jones brought in a high profile coach from Miami named Jimmy Johnson, and ceded much of the personnel responsibilities to him. It was Johnson who came up with the draft value chart, forever changing the way football teams view and handle the draft. It was Johnson who landed a haul of picks for Herschel Walker. After a second straight Super Bowl in 1993, Jones decided that Dallas wasn't big enough for the two of them. The Cowboys haven't been the same since, as Jones has tyrannically controlled all elements of personnel from that day forward. The way Jerry Jones has run the team has certainly been consistent, but it has been consistently awful from Day 1. Other than a brief period of success thanks to Jimmy Johnson's holdovers, the Cowboys have been an absolute mess. Yet, Jerry continues doing it the same way.

"I've made a lot of changes from year to year as time goes along, but frankly, I know that when we do not have the kind of success, when we don't have expectations lived up to, the one that should get the most heat is the one that ultimately makes the decisions, period, with the Dallas Cowboys. And that's me."
Yes, there have been A LOT of changes. Since Jones took over personnel control in '93, the Cowboys have run through six head coaches and seven starting QB's. Again, does he even understand what is coming out of his mouth? Let me rephrase what he is saying here, "I know that my stupidity has caused us to lose a lot of games, and I know full well that our failure is actually my fault, but I'm going to continue to throw the blame on the coaches and players even though I'm the one bringing them in."

Seriously, is there any other way to read this?! Jones admits that HE MAKES ALL THE DECISIONS! He is responsible for the entire Dallas Cowboys product, and he fully knows that he should be the one taking the heat for the failures. Yet, he wants us to give him credit for "making changes?" Huh? YOU'RE THE MORON MAKING THE CHANGES! Everything else in the organization has been changed, and the results are still the same. What does that tell you? What is the only thing that hasn't been changed? Jerry Jones.

Jones dismissed the idea of hiring a general manager from outside the organization, such as Bill Polian after the Indianapolis Colts fired the architect of their Super Bowl team. Jones emphasized that he uses information from many different sources to make football decisions.
I couldn't find the exact comments, but I thought this paragraph of the ESPN article was too interesting to pass up.

#1 - Yes, it would be a horrible idea to hire a guy like Bill Polian. After all, why would we want an accomplished personnel guy who has built two powerhouses in his storied career? Why would we want a guy who has recently won a Super Bowl? I mean, Polian's track record really isn't any better than Jerry Jones', right?

#2 - I would love to know what his "sources" are. A magic 8-ball?

"More often than not, when you're in the kind of shape we are statistically, you're doing better in the playoffs," Jones said.
Yep, more often than not, when your team ranks 15th in scoring offense and 16th in scoring defense, you'll finish near the top of the league.

Or how about, more often than not, when your team constantly has a crappy offensive line and a crappy secondary, you'll win the Super Bowl.

This last statement, more than any, clearly shows how delusional Jerry Jones is. At least he admits that the problem lies with him. He's not willing to do anything about it, but at least he knows. But this statement! He really believes the Cowboys are close to winning the Super Bowl! Wow, not much to say about that, especially after watching them lose to every single playoff team they faced this season, with the exception of one.

Like I said, I watch every single Dallas Cowboys game. I'd love to sit here and tell you that we just got "unlucky" this season, or that we were close to competing. We're not. Not even close. Somehow, I convinced myself that Jerry Jones might "see the light" after another epic collapse. I convinced myself that he might go out and hire a real personnel guy, that he might go out and hire a real coach. I thought for a second about scooping up Bill Polian after the Colts stupidly let him go. I imagined a world where Jeff Fisher or Jon Gruden roamed the sidelines. I wondered if the right coaching staff could get the most out of this offense, whether a guy like Polian could acquire enough assets to thrust us into immediate contention. By now, I should know better than to have hope.

I am still a Dallas Cowboys fan. I always will be. I love them dearly, and I'll continue to support them until the day I die. Unfortunately, I don't think there will be much to support until the day Jerry Jones dies. I hate to be cruel about it, but I'm convinced that is exactly what it will take before the Cowboys can hope to contend once again. I've said it before, but I fully believe that Jerry Jones is quickly becoming the next Al Davis. That scares the crap out of me.

So while you're probably laughing at Jones' idiotic comments, just know that I'm curled up in the fetal position in the corner of man-cave, sobbing giant tears of lamentation. I guess I better buy a Tim Tebow jersey, because I don't think I'll be cheering for a Cowboys playoff game for some time.


  1. you are right, but i thought he was al davis when he let jimmy go!!! by the way i work for an owner who is the same, she tries to run every aspect of the business, which is not working.

  2. You are totally right...Jerry Jones essentially became Al Davis when he got rid of Jimmy. What Jimmy Johnson was able to do in Dallas was almost completely unprecedented. He was Bill Belichick long before Bill Belichick. Guy took a 1 win team and built them into three time Super Bowl winners in just a few short seasons. Incredible. And then Jerry decided that he wanted to run things. Perhaps the worst decision in sports history!

  3. As you allude to, unchecked power is NEVER a good thing.