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Jerry Jones takes blame for Cowboys not winning Super Bowl with Tony Romo

The Dallas Cowboys had a quality chance to make it to the Super Bowl in the late 2000s. The Cowboys went 13-3 and earned a first round bye in 2007 before losing to the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Round, who then went on to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

That era from 2007-2010 was arguably the Cowboys’ best window when they boasted a roster with some of the best talent in the league with Pro Bowl players such as Terrell Owens, Flozell Adams, Jason Witten, Roy Williams, Marion Barber, DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin. They only could manage one win in the playoffs during that time though.

“Now for us not to having got it done during those years is a mess up,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. “You got to get it when you’re high like that. When you’re high up on it. You can’t miss your bus when you got your quarterback and you got good talent around him and if you miss that bus in the NFL.”

In a very un-Jerry Jones like move, he is shouldering the blame and actually references cap mismanagement.

“We should have been knocking on the door and we haven’t and I have no excuses, it starts here,” Jones said. “But we have not. I know that to the extent that we have a healthy Romo, our best chance to get back to the Super Bowl is a healthy Romo.”

“All of that boils down to management of a cap, management of certainly having players that deserve to get the money that you got,” Jones said. “When I look back on it, we probably paid some people that we probably would have been better off not paying.”

Unfortunately that doesn’t make the Cowboys any closer to contending for a Super Bowl. They’re dealing with cap issues again and their third set off coordinators in three years.

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  • SmartThinking

    Well. This is interesting. An epiphany from the GM re: his mismanagement of a once promising Super Bowl caliber QB.

    He made another re: his embarrassing dismissal of Landry during his 2 1/2 hr. diatribe to reporters on the team bus at the Combine. There he said that if he could do it over, he would have waited, at least a year, to more tactfully release Landry. His intentions were the same, but he admitted, as only Jones can, with 1,000 unintelligible words, that he screwed up in his handling of a great coach and made a million enemies in the course of 24 hours.

    I gotta wonder what’s come over our great leader …. introspection? An admission of failure? Or just pandering to another microphone.

    Here’s a fact: Jones wants, no, needs people to love and admire him for what he’s done when, in truth, his inept handling of this team coupled with his own egomaniacal personality and inability to delegate any control to someone else have taken this organization from one of the best in the business to a laughingstock.

    And that just ain’t gonna change until he let’s go completely and replaces himself with a real GM who knows what needs to be done.

  • Old Frog

    Best news is he’s acknowledging the mistake of overpaying some players. Hopefully he’s learned something and will not make that mistake as “often”. (I would have said “again” but I think he stepped right back into it with Romo and will probably overpay Bryant as well).