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Today, I read a brief article in The Sports Exchange that told me all I ever needed to know about Jerry Jones. In the article, JJ addressed why he hasn’t ever hired a GM for the Dallas Cowboys, to which he replied:
“It’s often said, why don’t I get someone to be the GM? Why don’t I get someone to pick the players?” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Dallas. “Well, who in the world do you think that person, when they walk through the door and say, ‘We want to get this player, and we want to pay this player,’ what in the world do you think I’m going to do?
“I’m going to sit down, and I’m going to go through it, and I’m going to say, ‘Show me the player before I write the check. Show me the player. And let me see everything about the player.’ Well, rather than have that happen, I get involved in it and get to know everything there is to know about the players before they get through the door.”
So, to put it in the simplest terms possible, Jerry Jones doesn’t believe that there is any other person on the planet who might know more than him about professional football, period. Again, to follow my new mantra in terms of the Cowboys, this blows my mind.
I mean, if JJ truly follows this line of tragically failed logic, he should have built the stadium himself. Why use an architectural firm when they are only going to report to Jerry? Grab some girders and a hard hat, Jerry, and stop being so lazy! Hell, why have a coach when they are only going to have to run everything by Big Papa Jones in the first place? While we’re at it, why isn’t Mr. Jones playing both offense and defense for his team since every player just reports to him anyway? And there’s our problem – nobody can effectively argue with Jerry Jones’ logic because all of our mouths are just left hanging open while we shake our heads in disbelief.
Here’s a quick question for all you Cowboys’ fans: Without using Google, can anyone tell me what Clint Murchison, Jr. even looked like . . . or who he even was? I bet you know what Tom Landry looks like, maybe even Tex Schramm, too. You see, there’s a reason for that.
The best leaders delegate authority responsibly, or they never would have become the best leaders.
Al Davis was a great owner . . . until he wasn’t. And now, he’s more remembered for his later miscues and odd decisions than his earlier successes. Please Jerry – before you start shopping for sunglasses and white tracksuits, just admit that you couldn’t have built the dynasty that you did in the 90’s without Jimmy Johnson. It’s okay – really. I mean, just think about it; Jimmy couldn’t have done it without you, either! Now, don’t you feel better? So let’s stop all this nonsense and hire a GM and maybe a coaching staff with a little autonomy, okay?
Man, I’m glad I could fix the largest of the Cowboys’ problems this afternoon! And I still have time to get some Christmas shopping done, too! Bonus!