The NFL prides itself on parity and credits it with the growth and popularity of the league. When Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys he came into win and he wasn’t expecting quite this much parity.
“Bottom line is, I didn’t get into the NFL – a lot of people say I got in it to coach, and I say that with a wink – the bottom line is that winning has always been everything,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “The first night I got a chance to talk about being the new owner of the Cowboys, I said we got to win, winning is the name of the game. That’s really what it’s all about at the end of the day, winning the football game. It never occurred to me that we would have the challenges that we have, winning the football games. I didn’t anticipate this league that we’re in. I’m not critical of it, but boy, is it a balanced league.
“When you’re sitting here seeing the teams that are about where we are at 50/50 in that range and you see the teams that right today could easily be the world champions that have records like that, then you realize how competitive it is.”
His tenure started off with a bang winning three Super Bowls but it has been nearly 20 years since they were seriously in contention.