Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (R) during a timeout against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Why Jerry Jones Is a Bad Business Man

Well I guess we all have our answer, Jason Garrett returns for another season. While I, like many fans, think this means we are stuck with another 8-8 season, the bigger question is why keep Garrett. The scary thing is what Jerry Jones has said recently. It shows it doesn’t matter who is the coach of the team, it is all about the owner. It might be time for Stephen to step in and take the team from dad.

A few days ago Jerry Jones said he didn’t want to give up on Jason Garrett because they have taught him so much. Read that again, taught him so much. Why on Earth do the Dallas Cowboys, or any team, have a head coach that has to be taught how to coach? Jerry Jones is the answer. We have covered how bad he is as a GM and how his ego will never allow for the needed changes. What amazes me is the complete lack of understanding of simple business by such a shrewd business man.

Looking at any good business or even the military, the CEO or commander makes decisions based on best courses of action. He allows the people below him to manage and compile the necessary data and present it to him in order to make the best decision for the best outcome. While there is some outside things that go into the thought such as stock prices, reviews, promotions, or any other personal gain issues, he is open to all possibilities brought to him. The big problem with Jerry is he dictates all courses of action and does not allow those he has in place any say. The core idea is you never see the CEO in the factory watching the foreman do his job, much less teaching him his job. He simply trusts the person in that position knows how to do the job. Which brings us to the big AH HA! What other company do you know hires an upper level manager who has to be taught the job? None. Where is the business sense, where is the accountability, where is the business savvy? It is mind blowing.

Jerry Jones for all of his business prowess has shown he is too far removed from actually understanding anything below his level. It has been far too long for him since he got his hands dirty. Everyone around him is either afraid to say something to him, or are yes men, so there is no one to say negative things to him.

It is time for Stephen Jones to realize his father is no longer capable of leading an NFL team. An intervention needs to happen, and the Jones family has to step in and tell Jerry it is time to retire. Any other business would have the executive board, stock-holders, or VPs step in and have the incapable leader removed, retired, and would move on. The time has come and the clock is ticking.

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  • Old Frog

    Totally disagree. Corporations routinely promote people to bigger jobs they then have to grow into. No CEO started as a CEO; he got years of training from someone along the way – product manager > department manager > group manager > national director > president > CEO. Stephen is being trained as is Garrett. Nothing wrong with that. You may not like the results but there is nothing inherently wrong with training people you have high hopes for in the future, even if they fail to meet you expectations.

    • n0ble

      While I agree that people are moved into positions, they had some idea before they were put into that position of the expectations and roles. If you hire someone who was a middle manager of logistics, you don’t put them as VP of logistics. You don’t take a fairly fresh accountant and make them CFO. Jason Garrett was never an OC, he was a position coach. So according to your model he would have gone QB coach, Asst. OC, OC, HC…he skipped over a few levels there. In any business if a guy can’t do the job he is replaced. Except here.

      • Old Frog

        How many coaches and coordinators has Jerry hired and fired since Jimmy Johnson? Obviously that isn’t working out for him. Making a long term investment in a guy he thinks can do the job might be the best thing to do. Besides, if you think Garrett skipped a few steps along the way, that’s a good reason to grant him extra time to get up to speed.
        So many people insist that Jerry needs to fire Garrett now, but seriously, what other coach do you think he could convince to come work for him that would do any better, especially when he would have to start over with new staff, new systems, salary cap hell, over-paid aging players, etc.? You’d still be at least 3 years away from a successful contender so why not just keep Garrett and hope he can do it sooner?

        • n0ble

          I agree totally with your last paragraph, except the 3 years away thing, look at the playoffs this year and the tenures of the coaches. Kelly 1, Rivera 2, McCoy 1, Carroll 3, Reid 1, Harbaugh 2, Payton 7, McCarthy 7, Belichek 7, Fox 2, Pagano 2, Lewis 10. It isn’t always a 3 year thing. I am for letting Garrett go not because of just the learning thing, but because it seems he hasn’t learned over the last 3 years as much as I would like to see from any HC. You don’t coach for 3 years and call a timeout with enough time on the clock for the other team to get the ball back…just unreal he did that.

          Hiring a coach is more than just a guy standing on the sidelines. A real owner and GM hires a coach who has input into his staff, players, and schemes. Jerry hires people he can exert control over.

  • Earl Robertson

    Waste of time to even suggest that his family will step in he made them 2 billion dollars they love the guy!!

    • n0ble

      Someone has to say it. I know almost every fan thinks it. That is the thing if it is never said, it never hits the light of day. I am not saying I think it will happen, I am suggesting that the idea be there and discussed.

  • Jim in Austin

    This is a ludicrous article on multiple fronts. Jerry won’t ever relinquish power without gunfire. Next, it doesn’t matter where, when or if Garrett is properly trained because Jerry won’t ever allow anyone to actually run the team while he is above-ground. Jerry must be properly motivated … so how about this approach …. Jerry you have made a zillion dollars with an average team … but you could make two zillion if they win a Super Bowl every decade or so.

    • n0ble

      It isn’t my job to say things that will always happen, I am really bringing up the point that many have been really afraid to say. I know he won’t go quietly, I know we are stuck with him. But the idea needs to be brought to the light of day.

  • Tom

    Who is this Guy Kidding? We have been begging Jerry to hire some Football People and get Him and his Kids out of the Way of Said Football People for the last 15 years. We can’t even hope for Jerry to go away for Health Reasons, His kids will take over right where he left off. Wait until Next Year, I been waiting for 16 years now. The Cowboys are irrelevant in every sense of the word and there is NO hope. Fan & Brickholder since 1960.

    • n0ble

      I know exactly how you feel. I thought the same about the Chicago Blackhawks years ago when Wirtz owned the team with his son as VP. Wirtz was so bad he cut all TV and radio coverage of the team and thought if fans were fans they would only go to games. Once he passed his son took over and I thought more of the same…but nope they have 2 Stanley Cups in the last 4 years. So it can happen. But as for Jerry, someone at some point needs to step in, or you are more than right, no hope of change at all.