Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (center) talks with COO/EVP Stephen Jones (left) and EVP Jerry Jones, Jr. (right) prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboy’s GM Admits He Doesn’t Know the Roster

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks during a press conference after minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In an off-guarded and extremely disturbing admission the Dallas Cowboy’s General Manager had this to say according to,

Don’t give me a quiz. Really, I don’t know the entire roster on the defensive line. The no-name group, we’re talking about the defensive line.”

Said the owner and GENERAL FREAKING MANAGER, Jerry Jones.

Excuse me? You mean to tell me the General Manager doesn’t know every player on the team? The person who is supposed to know everything about everyone? The person solely responsible for player personnel is laughingly admitting he doesn’t know his roster?

What other professional sports organization would tolerate this kind of ignorance from its GM? Jerry himself wouldn’t tolerate this from one of his employees, why would he accept it from himself?

The problem with the Dallas Cowboys is this right here. The structure of the front office is absurd. If the owner is also the general manger then how can anyone be held accountable for poor personnel moves?

If there is no accountability then what is the great motivator in making intelligent fact-based decisions?

You see, in the real world, the one you and I live in, we are paid to make decisions. Depending on your specific occupation you will see varying degrees of importance on your decisions. If you repeatedly make poor decisions you know you will be fired. You don’t necessarily operate out of fear but you know consequences exist and risk must be weighed in your actions.

The consequence is an important element in the decision making process. Without a consequence you and I would take considerably more risks. We wouldn’t think things through as long. Simply put, we wouldn’t be very good at our jobs.

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with son executive vice president Stephen Jones during halftime against the St. Louis Rams at AT

Many of us know Jerry’s son, Stephen, is taking a bigger role in personnel than even Jerry himself. Jerry, despite holding the GM title, really has Stephen doing most of the leg work. But does that change anything? It’s pretty safe to say Stephen holds a considerable amount of job security. He’s the boss’s son for goodness sakes. Just like Jerry, Stephen has no accountability for his poor decisions. It’s the same issues and the same broken structure.

In victory Jerry mistakenly admitted how broken this system really is. Kinda a downer topic coming off a big division win, huh? Sorry about that. But I blame Jerry.


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  • mrfoofoopants

    This article looks like it is written by someone who has been up for the last 7 days, without sleep, drooling at the keyboard, praying for Jerry to have another verbal slip-up because they missed out on breaking the “moral victory” story. And then FINALLY!!! IT HAPPENED!!!! I CAN WRITE A BASH PIECE AND GO TO BED!!!!!!! Anyone who thinks Jerry is really the acting GM is either an idiot, or doesn’t actually follow the team; In either case, they shouldn’t be writing about it. Anyone who thinks a title matters in a family run business really needs some guidance in understanding how business works.

    • Reid Hanson

      Surprise. I’m not a person who loves to bash Jerry. I am of the few who actually believe he IS a true “football guy” having had valuable experience on the field as a player and in the office with multiple Hall of Fame Coaches. What this is, is an indictment on the structure of his front office and how it’s essentially set up to fail. If you actually read the article you would see that I give Stephen the credit for having a bigger role in personnel than Jerry himself. Which proves the point more: the structure is flawed and there is no accountability.

      • mrfoofoopants

        I read the “article”. As soon as you say “But does that change anything?” it refutes your previous few sentences and throws them out the window as if you shouldn’t have even included them in “article”.

        • Reid Hanson

          Well if that’s your “story” it’s hard to believe. You said in your post “Anyone who thinks Jerry is really the acting GM is either an idiot, or doesn’t actually follow the team” Since I said point blank, Stephen has a bigger role in personnel than Jerry, you clearly got upset before completing the article. It also doesn’t refute anything since it didn’t change the underlying problem – the structure and lack of accountability for anyone doing the job of the GM.
          In addition, I’m not sure what you have against moral victories. While I don’t personally believe in them I support someone else’s right and ability to have one. I don’t think one should dictate morals to someone else so if it was a moral victory to Jerry – then good for him.

          • mrfoofoopants

            Wow. I have nothing against moral victories either, and your inability to understand that by the comments I made in my first post tell me that any further conversation with you is a waste of my time, a waste of anyone’s time that may read this.. and well.. I’ll just let Billy Madison finish my thoughts on your “article” and replies:

          • Reid Hanson

            I agree, I don’t believe we’re getting anywhere in our conversation. I refuse to name call as you have done repeatedly, and prefer a discussion. BUT – I still welcome your opinions on Jerry Jones and the structure of the Dallas Cowboys. It’s the differing opinions that make it interesting. If you would like to put down some thoughts on the issue I would welcome it. You can post it here or email it to me. I can do a write-up next week (giving you credit for your thoughts and contribution) and we can give Jerry a fair shake in this. It’s up to you – no pressure either way – but it may make for a nice balanced discussion about a topic Cowboys fans are fairly passionate about.

  • SK_Jersey13

    I agree that the Cowboys’ front office structure carries a load of risk, because the accountability is huuugely diminished, as you point out. But I actually tend to be okay with a lot of Jerruh’s decisions, as he and his staff have shown enormous growth since they first took over. From the business side, he “grew” arguably the biggest brand in all professional sports, and exercises patience in decision making. On the football side, he’s shown wise restraint – as we have not blown money on a big name player (see Nnamdi) and are investing in young guys, like the innumerable UFA gems we uncover each year. I think if one were to take issue with Cowboys management structure, the resulting issue lies not in the player personnel, but the Coaching staff. Also, JJ is incredibly stubborn. I think the system is flawed, but it could work if the top dog listened more than he spoke. And regarding the quote, I think you’re right. If JJ made himself the General Manager, it’s his responsibility to know everyone. The structure and everything may make it all okay and understandable, but still – if that’s your title, you gotta own it.