There comes a time as a writer when you put aside all of the expectations, you dispense with the what’s Right and what’s Wrong, you abandon the standard format of reporting the Dallas Cowboys news, and the passion for your team and the game of football takes over. At that point, it’s all about being a pissed off fan.
One of the biggest topics in the world of professional football this week was former Dallas Cowboy Head Coach Jimmy Johnson criticizing, not only Jason Garrett as the current Head Coach, but also the owner and General Manager of the team, Jerry Jones. On the Dan Patrick show he said:
“The No. 1 motivator (in the NFL) is fear. Fear of maybe letting down your teammates or being embarrassed or chastised or fear of losing your job.”
“Where is the fear in Dallas? There is no fear in Dallas. It’s a country club where everybody is buddies.”
I have previously written many times that there is no fear factor in Dallas anymore and that there is a total lack of accountability throughout the organization. I’ve also argued that Jason Garrett is too soft and therefore doesn’t have the ability to motivate the players. In my own way I busted him out in recent articles titled, ‘Cowboy HC Garrett Needs His Walking Papers’ and, ‘What Is Jason Garrett Doing To America’s Team?’
Jimmy Johnson went on to say:
“I think Jason is probably coaching for his job the rest of the year. I think this game with Philadelphia, I think this game may decide the futures of players and coaches with those two teams.”
Jerry Jones got hammered pretty hard this week about his abilities as an NFL general manager. When questions arose about the personnel decisions in Dallas he said, little has changed over the years, that coaches from Jimmy Johnson to Bill Parcells essentially had the same input as Garrett in personnel matters. Johnson was not at all happy with that statement and said,
“That is completely a bunch of crock! You notice Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left. He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there; he was the owner. Because it was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions; it was in my contract. He didn’t allow anybody to have that in the contract after I left.”
Shortly after all of this came out, Nick Eatmon (one of the staff writers for DallasCowboys.com) came out with the retort stating that if you look at the media guides all the way back in 1989 that Jerry Jones has always had the title of General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, on paper he did, but everyone knows, as Jimmy stated, that it was in title only. Jerry was not the guy traveling around the country in what was supposed to be his off time scouting for players. Even while coaching in college, Johnson ran his own recruiting department. Even to this day many other coaches, scouts, general managers etc go and visit Johnson for advice on scouting players. As successful as Bill Belechick has been in New England, he is among those who frequently visit Johnson in the Florida Keys.
My questions are: how much time does Jerry Jones spend watching tape of potential draft prospects? How many colleges does he visit to watch and evaluate players? In fact, how much time does he spend doing his general manager job period? Between taking care of his new palace, opening Victoria Secret stores, handling his partnership with the Salvation Army and many other organizations, doing the Jerry Jones show, Papa Johns’ commercials etc, how much time can he really devote to being the General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys?
Jimmy Johnson said he spent every minute of every day trying to make the Dallas Cowboys the best they could be. Being the General Manager of a professional football team is at least a 16 hour a day job. I find it impossible, with all of the things Jerry Jones has on his plate, to believe that he has even 4 hours a day to do the work of a GM. Anyone can look back and see Johnsons’ stamp on the Dallas cowboys. Troy Aikman said that the team was never as good after Jimmy left.
If you look at the Dallas Cowboys now, you can clearly see the Jerry Jones stamp on this team: 16 years and only one playoff win. Enough said.