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Jerry Jones doesn’t hire a GM because he’ll just ruin the Cowboys anyway

Dec 17, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Eagles got knocked down a peg on Sunday, but that’s okay, because the Dallas Cowboys in December. Tony Romo shoulders a lot of the blame for their historic collapse—as well he should—but let’s not forget their porous defense, clueless coaching staff, and most of all, the man behind the curtain.

It’s a Dallas fan’s greatest lament that Jerry Jones will still be the club’s general manager after this season ends, and every other season, because Jerry Jones isn’t going to fire Jerry Jones. Not only does the owner of the Cowboys admit he’d just meddle with a proper GM anyway, at 71 years of age, Jones seems blissfully unaware that he may not have all the answers.

Per Tim MacMahon for, Jones talked about why he won’t replace himself as the top decision-maker on all matters of personnel for a local radio interview.

“It’s often said that, why don’t I get someone to be the GM?” Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. “Why don’t I get someone to pick the players? Well, who in the world do you think that person when they walk through the door and say, ‘We want to get this player or 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. Show me everything about the player before I write the check. Show me the player and let me see everything about the player.’

“Well, rather than that have happen, I get involved in it and know everything about the players before they get to the door. That, if you’ve got the time to do it, that’s a better way to do it.”

I rather enjoyed MacMahon’s interpretation of Jones’ speech, too.

Why hire an architect when you’ve got time to decide how you want your house to look, right? Never mind that you keep building houses with leaky roofs and crumbling foundations.

The Cowboys have only won one playoff game in the last 17 years, and while Jones would tell you he was responsible for their three Super Bowl wins in the 90s, anybody who was around the team would credit Jimmy Johnson for building that dynasty. The man is living in denial, which has made for some great theater for Eagles fans.

>> Jerry: ‘Why don’t I get someone to be GM?’ [ESPN]

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  1. Jeff - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Jerry Jones is the north end of a southbound mule.

    • coop - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      no hes a want to be and getting old show you the player then you write the check well you have been writeing the wrong checks to your def backs for what they cant even stand up
      and who tells a QB its on him sit your old backside out and pay there choices not yours for you dont know football

    • Lannh - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      If the fans would stop going to the games. and not return until Jerry hires some people who know football, and keep his dumb ass in his office and quit interfering in football operations . Just maybe the cowboys could become respectful again. Right now and for the past several years he and the cowboys have become the laughing stock of the nfl.

  2. dubj9 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    well how come jimmy johnson gets credit for the cowboys and not the blame for the dolphins, it took the dolphins 20yrs to recover from jimmy johnson. he sucked when he was at the dolphins and if i’m wrong show me the evidence. cause id dont remember jimmy winning anything w/out jerry, can u say the same?

    • Robert - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      LOL You meant this to be funny right? You don’t really feel that way, right?

    • vikingferd - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Wayne Huizenga was an medelsome owner, just as Jerry Jones has become. Jimmy Johnson put together the greatest robbery of a trade for Hershel Walker that netted the Cowboys, Emitt Smith and Michael Irvin among others. Johnson put that together, NOT Jones. All Jerry did was sign off on the deal. There’s your evidence.

      • john scott - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Micheal Irvin had nothing to do with that trade. He was drafted in 1988 when Tom Landry was still the coach.

  3. juliette - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    say what you want but this team is a good team why they cant seem to solve the problem and win game throws me for a loop and why lose every game in the last quarter its crazy if you don’t want do it for yourself they should at least think about all the fan and people who love them and back them and spend money to support them everything gets old sooner or later I just don’t want dallas cowboys to be one of those team that no think or care about anymore. please get your stuff together .

    • Chris Watson - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      I agree 100%. The Cowboy’s have flaws like most NFL teams and they have struggled in the playoffs over the past decade but they are almost always in the hunt year in and year out. They just can’t seem to get over the hump. Jerry Jones is the man. As a lineman for an Arkansas team that won a National Championship the man knows a thing or two about football unlike all of the other owners. People make fun of Jerry for using a flip phone but guess what? He only needs a phone to talk to people. Like Jerry is going to be playing around with apps on an Iphone….he has a team of assistants (and his son in law…lol) to do that for him.

    • mehaul - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Quite possibly the longest sentence,,,,, EVER!

    • kbjoe - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      the team sucks the players may be good but they are a poor team they are individuals and its the same top to bottom with the organization

  4. afewzigzagsplease - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Few coaches do well when they move from a successful program to one that’s struggling. Vince Lombardi couldn’t do anything to make the Redskins winners, but may have had he had more time instead of gotten sick and died. Jimmy Johnson didn’t seem interested in remaining in coaching when he was in Miami. Shannahan isn’t doing so well in Washington either. Bill Parcells is pretty much the only coach that comes to mind that was somewhat a winner in each program he worked for. That was partially due to the teams he moved to having pretty good personnel. Jerry Jones is not successful as a GM because he isn’t a football man, he’s an oil man and delusional.

  5. Jackofhearts51 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Stick to your guns, Jerry. I think you are doing a fine job. love it!

    • Terry Hurd - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      tou’re kidding right? Daffy Duck could do a better job than the “Jones Boys”

    • eg - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      i agree… love GIANTS fan

    • jack stovall - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      you’re obviously a deadskins,beagles or gnats fan.

  6. michael - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I honestly believe the last big mistake Jerry made was firing Ryan. I thought Ryan did a great job last year considering the injuries and players available. The problem this year is not the offense, it is the defense. The offense is having to outscore the other team because the defense cannot make a stop against anyone. That will get you some wins, but in the long run you will come up short against most teams.

    • Mightymike - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      I agree 100% Tony Romo would not have to make those bad plays if he wasn’t in the position to. The defense is awful and puts the offense in a position to have to score every possession. That’s not the way you win football games and until Dallas gets a defense and a defensive coordinator that is not older than dirt and can design a defense to compete with the explosive offenses in the league they will never be better than 500!

      • Ken62 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        puts the offense in a position to have to score every possession you said!? LMAO! So the defense FORCED Romo to:
        1. UNDERThrow Dez Bryant TWICE for likely touchdowns?
        2. OVERthrow Dez for an EASY touchdown?
        3. change the play on last drive from run (when you have been averaging 7 yards a carry) to pass?
        4. Have an open receiver in Miles Austin on that play and use bad mechanics, throw off your pack foot and throw it short and get it intercepted?

      • Mightymike - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        OBVIOUSLY Ken62 you are a ROMO hater, that’s fine I have never been a huge fan myself. Yes he screwed up again I get that, what I’m saying is if the defense hadn’t allowed Green Bay to come back from 23 points down Romo might have not felt like he had to force the plays he did..Keyword “Might”, it is Romo afterall….

  7. sue - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Cowboys will never be SuperBowl CHAMP if Jerry run Jerry’s World. He nends NEW FACES to help run Jerry’s World!!!!

  8. Jim Smothers - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I have been a Dallas fan all the way back to the ice bowl in Green Bay. I used to go to road games. I would stay at the same hotel the team would stay. We would get to talk to the players the night before the game and take pictures. It sure was a lot of fun. When Jerry Jones brought the Cowboys we should of seen the start of things then the way he let coach Landry go. It started great with Jimmy Johnson but things have went south. I don’t like the Cowboys anymore. I hate to say it but I think the Redskins will win this week.

  9. steve - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Where is Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas when we need him?

  10. Steve - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Keeping up with the……Hmmmmm, sound familiar?

  11. don brown - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    i only have this to say, tony romo does not play defense, so don’t blame him, his offense generated 36 points but the defense gave up 37. i would fire the defensive and offensive coaches. what did the defensive coach do for usc and what did the offensive coach do for oakland. nuff said

    • Ken62 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Offense settled for FIVE FGs!!
      Romo missed Bryant THREE TIMES for easy TDs!
      Romo throw TWO INTS!
      His coach threw him under the bus for changing the play to run out the clock!

      • Juliomad - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Ken62, I think you don’t understand football. 36 points is pretty good and should win you the ball game. It allows for the offense to have some of those types of mistakes. Even the best quarterbacks out there make those types of mistakes, ( Peyton Manning). The defense has to be able to stop the opposing offense. If they can’t get off the field after third down and can’t stop anybody out there, then Jesus himself playing quarterback would have a hard time winning the game. This is a team sport, and if you think that it’s Romo losing these game for the Cowboys, then you really don’t know football. It involves everybody, starting from the top (Jerry Jones) down to the players that are getting the minimum wage to play and everyone in between. Changing the quarterback will not change the situation that the Cowboys are in right now. The team needs an overhaul, again, starting at the top. They do have alot of good players but it takes more than that to win in the NFL. Not just a quarterback that you are happy with.

  12. Bob - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I really like garret, and have been hoping he could turn it around. He just cant seem to get it done. I think we need
    a new coach, and of course a LOT of help on the defense.

  13. Boyd - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Jones is another who knows money makes the rules. I believe he is quite content the way things are, he is at the center of attention constantly. The Dallas Cowboys are known worldwide and nowhere do you hear of them that you do not also hear of Jones. No other owner is as prevalent. He is not only the GM, in his bb brain he is the team. He is each coach and each player. A more delusional person will never be found. All that money and he still looks like a candidate for Yoda backup in the next Star Wars movie.

  14. Rawhyde - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The Delusional Jethro Jones has simply Destroyed a once Great team, and Organization. America’s Team is, and has been the laughing stock of the NFL for year’s.Nothing will change,but the $2000.00 suits that Jethro wears. “THE POWER ULTIMATELY RESTS IN THE FANS HANDS!!! IT’S TIME TO “BOYCOTT” GAMES, AND MERCHANDISE!!!!! Here’s to Losing the last two games of the season! A Long Time battered Cowboy fan.

  15. Suburbanites - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    We love you Jerry!!!!!


    The Giants, Redskins and Eagles.

  16. Cowboys2840 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Jerry has the old man syndrome. He thinks he is always rights that his old ways are the best does not realize times have changed. At least we still get good theater watching Eagles fans never have won a Super Bowl.

    • psudrozz - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      where have i seen that locally…/looks at the flyers

  17. Gary - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Cowboys fans get use to it as long as JJ runs team this is our future. Yes we need a GM, yes we need a new coach, and definitely yes we need a new qb, who will lead this team. Do you realize just this year, we have lost 7 games when in final minutes of 4th qtr we were winning or tied, most is the nfl, and 2nd closest doesnt even have 5..OH! don’t forget new def coord. The def is bad, but its primarily the def backfield. revamp that and we are right back in it. But ultimately it is the fault of us fans!! Why, you ask, because you still buy cowboy products, you still fill the stadium, hell I won’t even go to a college game, because I refuse to put a dime in jj’s pockets. Do you think he might change his ways when he shows up for a game and the stadium is half empty, i think so. Let hit him where it hurts, his checkbook!!!! Off my soapbox now…. Merry Christmas everyone, not you JJ, hope your house is filled with coal…..

  18. RS - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Look at that picture of Jerry, embedded in the article. Look at that half dead-looking, bag of saggy skin and bones! That is what our Cowboys looklike to other NFL Teams.

  19. DEN - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Well, having lived in Dallas all my life, Jerry is first and foremost an entrepreneur of the highest order. We see lots of them here in Texas. And you don’t make a Billion bucks without being a risk taker. And Jerry loves to take risk; in fact he is an Addict. So when draft time comes around or a free agent with problems, Jerry is his man. Terrell Owens, even Dez had problems off the field but those are working out. Felix Jones was a long shot. Demarco Murray had injury issues in college, but Jerry gambled on ‘em. (he’s a really good running back, but won’t hold up to injury).
    Entrepreneurs and risk-addicts cannot operate unless they have total control. Delegation to an untried GM is not a reality, because Jerry wants to take risks and get the satisfaction of proving he is able to overcome them (Dez is a good example).
    The guy getting a Free pass in this equation is Jason. This is a really nice, smart guy. You see lots of smart MBA s in Dallas- Ivy-league guys. But bill Parcels don’t have MBAs. Garrett is not tough and operates through his committee of coaches. But he is smart enough to manage his boss, Jerry. He is absolute Pablum in all his comments. “We’ll look at the films, analyze the problem and get better”. Jason, did anyone ever suggest that you don’t screw up in the first place, so you don’t have to look at the films?
    And failing to run in the 2nd half of the Packer debacle. Where is the coach that says, I don’t care if they throw 15 guys on the line of scrimmage. We’re going to block those guys out and ram the ball down their throats with a healthy Demarco Murray, so get out there and block their butts”. Hard-nosed football. Cowboys ain’t got a clue. And until they get someone in there who does, cowboys are toast.
    Jerry took a risk with Garrett, but that one is NOT working out.

    Jerryisi going to take risks, so Cowboy fans got to dance with the one “what brought ‘em” .

  20. 1sttee - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Jerry Jones the new Al Davis in the NFL

  21. Marc McGuire - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    The Dallas Cowboy Fans are going to have to do what the Green Bay Packer fans did and that is to BUY
    THE DALLAS COWBOYS FROM Jerry Jones and get rid of the Problem! What do the Dallas Cowboy
    Fans have to loose?

  22. kngrthr - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Been a cowboy fan since day 1, Jerry you have a big problem with Romo, he is either on the take or the biggest choke player I have ever seen in the history of the NFL, sit him down and let’s play some football. Ya have some more problems but this is #1.

  23. HeyMickey - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Let’s see, he $140 Million for the Cowboys and they are now worth 2.5 Billion. He would fire himself because… The only way to get him to quit is for the us to quit going to their games, buying Cowboys merchandise, watching them on TV, etc.

    Again, why would he get rid of himself if he’s making money?

  24. Gatomlao - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Apparently Jerry did not learn anything from Al Davis. But like they say he may not be right but he is the Boss!

  25. Jeff Stevenson - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Robert Kraft has a GM; Paul Allen has a GM. And their teams are winning as a result. They are just as rich and important as Jerry is. But Jerry is a narcissistic egomaniac. He is also a joke! The winning owners “get it”. Jerry does not.


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