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Jerry Jones explains why he's the Cowboys' General Manager


Jerry Jones is known for being potentially the most involved owner in sports not named Mark Cuban. Some think that’s a good thing for the Dallas Cowboys, while others…not so much.

While most NFL franchises have an owner, general manager and a normal front office, Jones is the Cowboys’ front office. Not only does he own the team, and the gorgeous football palace known as AT&T Stadium, he acts as the general manager as well.

That means not only is he making business decisions, but he’s making intricate football decision. Those are two stressful, big-time jobs normally reserved for two highly qualified people. Jones does them both for the Cowboys.

He explained why today on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas (h/t to  Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com for the transcription):

“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.”

It’s tough not to respect what Jones has done for the Cowboys, and one can’t deny his passion or work ethic. When all is said and done, he’ll go down as one of the best owners in sports history, and he’ll be an NFL legend.

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With that said, considering the state of the Cowboys right now after their most recent choke-job to the Packers, and the general playoff ineptitude of the organization during the Tony Romo era; perhaps it’s time for Jones to re-evaluate.

He’s got a tough job, and believe you me, if you spread yourself too thin at work, things will suffer.

Is Jones doing too much? Would the Cowboys be better off with a dedicated and focused GM?

Jerry doesn’t think so. Of course.

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  • Crewe

    The problem is, he is not a good GM and he doesn’t know what he thinks he knows. A good GM assembles the right components to comprise a good team. While the owner would have to sign off on that, he wouldn’t be doing the selecting; whereas now, Jones does everything and he consistently puts the wrong people in the wrong place to coach the wrong players. He’s even said he would have fired any GM performing as poorly as he has, so it’s obviously his ego and his delusion that won’t allow himself to step aside. I think he is a good owner, but GM? Not so much and the choices he’s made reflect that opinion

  • 45yearcowboyfan

    There is NO ONE to provide a final check or “sanity check” on Jones’ ideas. Where a GM might bring in a player and then Jones could VETO for various reasons the sycophants surrounding Jerry will never contradict his wayward picks. He’s average at picking and the team demonstrates his results…..8-8 for 3 yrs straight, .500 for 17 years!!! Please get a real GM who does not have Jones for a last name.

  • Old Frog

    We all complain about Jerry and some even go so far as to say how much better the Cowboys will be when he finally passes on but then what? It looks to me like Stephen is the next GM in training. Nothing SJ has said or done to this point indicates that once Jerry is gone he will hire a GM and step aside while an outsider calls the shots. Hate to say it but unless we get real lucky we are probably looking at mediocre teams for a couple more decades…

  • SmartThinking

    What a crock!

    I’d much rather Jones just be intellectually honest with us and himself and say he’s the GM because he has the biggest ego and he wants to be. At least that answer makes sense.

    For Jones to argue that just because he’s the final decision maker, so let’s just cut out the middle man is EXACTLY the problem with this Cowboys organization.

    For this franchise to ever improve in our lifetime, Jones must step away completely. He’s an absolutely terrible judge of talent. Couple that with his penchant for overpaying for bad decisions and it’s a recipe for a long, long drought for Dallas.

    For the health of this team, Jones needs to step back from running this team. Not one little baby step, but put a football-minded, professional GM in place and then, step all the way back.

    Jones needs to channel his inner Clint Murchison and meet with the new GM four or five times a year, ostensively, to cut checks for running the team and buying talent. Other than that, the only time we should see or hear from him is when the camera pans over to him eating popcorn in his stadium suite.

    Of course, it’ll never happen. But that doesn’t change the fact that that’s what’s best for this team. I think it will be many years before we see anyone wearing the Cowboy star hoisting the Lombardi trophy. And that’s a real shame for all the fans who’ve supported this team and bled blue and silver for a championship.

  • Pete Vieira

    Andrew give me a fricken brake with your idiotic comments ,that do nothing but embolden this arrogant crazy person ,No! he will not go down in history as one of the best owners ,the cowboys had been Americas team for far longer than he’s own the team, and the value the same as many other franchises have also greatly increased he’s like a selfish rich kid with a new toy that he wont share until its broken or gets bored with it and all the time he sucked at it .A good owner would know his limitations ,he will go down as one of the most hated owners in sports history.He has single handedly made this team a laughingstock