Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones takes a lot of heat for the Cowboys struggles in recent memory. Many believe that Jones running the show is hurting the Cowboys franchise more than it helps, but fans of the team should not expect to see Jones give up his general manager duties any time soon.
In fact, don’t expect Jerry Jones to ever give up being the team’s general manager.
Jones told 105.3 The Fan today that the Cowboys are his team and that means he will continue to have a say it what goes on within the organization.
“We are not structured that way,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We didn’t structure it that way with my ownership. There’s no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That’s never been anybody’s misunderstanding. It’s been a debated thing, but it’s just not going to happen.
“We’ve had success doing it this way and we’re going to have success in the future doing it this way. It eliminates some very serious issues when you look around the league, as to creating an additional layer that you’re continually having decisions, making changes, doing those kinds of things.”
Jones initially made a stir when he told NBC Sports’ Bob Costas that he would have fired a general manager with his resume, but Jones clarified that he was just answering a hypothetical question and that no one should expect change at the top for the Cowboys.
“It’s real clear. I was asked the question, ‘If you were an owner and you had a general manager, would you make a change?’ Under those circumstances I speculated that I would probably have made a change, but that’s not our situation,” Jones said.
“To change, I’d have to change myself. People don’t do that. If you’ve got the commitment and you have the investment, and I’m talking about in time, effort, all of those kind of things, you change yourself. You don’t change out and have someone else go in there and do it. And that would be misleading to begin with because no one would believe you if you hired somebody at that spot and really believe that he’s not sitting there and ultimately at what I want to do. Somebody would say, ‘Why don’t you just mentally let them go do it.’ I’m not built that way.”
While many would like to see Jones take a step back, they need to live with the Cowboys just how they are. At the very least, you have to admire Jones’ dedication to the franchise and how he will open the check books in an effort to win. Hopefully it pays off one day.