Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) during the 2013 Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins at Fawcett Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry's Loyalty Is Killing The Cowboys

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&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Let me start off by saying that I don’t hate Jerry Jones, nor do I think that the Cowboys would be better off with out him.  I believe that Jerry Jones does everything possible to win with-in the strictures of the salary cap era.  There is not a doubt in my mind, that if he could, he would buy a championship whenever the possibility to do so arose.  That is not the NFL world that he lives in though. 

Jerry cares a great deal about winning, but he also cares a great deal about his players.  He treats most of them like family and he wants everybody to be a Cowboy for life, this really hurts the team.  Jones consistently renews his veterans’ contracts when they are too old.  Sometimes giving a player that third contract is not a good idea, sometimes the second deal wasn’t even a good idea.  We have seen him jump the gun on guys like Marion Barber and Miles Austin before as well.  So it is a little bit of both worlds.

When Jay Ratliff signed his second deal with Dallas it was right around a 5 year 19 million dollar contract, very team friendly.  In this case the Cowboys should have let him play out the contract and said “good day”.  Nope.  They decide, instead, that Ratliff is outperforming the deal and shred it up 3 quarters through.  Jay Ratliff gets a 6 year extension for 40 something million and does nothing after the fact to earn any of it.  It might have seemed shrewd at the time but Jerry should have held off.

Demarcus Ware and Jason Witten are 2 veterans that are eating up a huge chunk of cap space at the moment.  Ware is only on his second contract but he is not worth the hit, not even close.  Demarcus has one year left in Dallas if he is lucky, so all of those times that he restructured is going hit this team when they do finally cut-ties with the future Hall-Of Famer.  When he re-signed in 2009 he was coming off of a 20 sack season so this one is hard to get mad about.

Witten was re-signed in 2011, the same season as Ratliff.  He was already signed through 2013, why extend him at this point?  Let him play through the contract.  Jason Witten did not warrant this extension and  Tight Ends of his un-athletic ways are going extinct.  Jerry was too loyal.

These two moves are just examples of the types of moves that the Cowboys  must avoid in the future.  Transactions, such as these hinder a team from making the leap that this team is so desperate for.

So Mr. Jones, start treating this like a business, which everyone accuses you of anyways.


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  • SmartThinking

    Your premise is skewed. Jones has mismanaged this cap situation to the point where it’s the worst in the league. His boneheaded moves and ridiculously large contract structures to players well past their due date makes this team the laughingstock of coaches and GM’s who all know better. He’s hurt this team’s future short-term and put Dallas in a cap hole it may not climb out of for a decade … all because he thinks he knows what he’s doing but fails again and again because he doesn’t understand the nuances.

    It’s not loyalty he’s showing to players, in my opinion. On the surface, maybe. As you clearly point out, Jones is a businessman (mediocre, but that’s another argument). You misinterpret his loyalty with making good business decisions. If he were all that great a businessman, he’d stand back, observe the entire situation, fire himself as GM and quickly employ a qualified football GM with the same fervor he’s demonstrated in his contract negotiations with Ware or Ratliff for example.

    Jones’ ego won’t let him trust the judgment of other more knowledgeable football professionals, particularly in judging draft talent. We’re in a cap abyss because he’s a poor negotiator and an even worse judge of character.

    • Earl Robertson

      What happen to the Jones that wouldn’t give a young and great Emmitt money causing him to hold out for 2 games but now gives these old one year wonders a bunch of money??? Is like Aikman said He can’t figure out why Jerry continues to flip flop how he runs things! It is bad enough that Jones thinks he can be the one but at least stick to a plan and be good at something!

  • BradAustin

    His loyalty issues to me relate more to arrogance than business. He throws big cash behind “his guys”. He also promotes and sticks with awful players that HE picked to be good. Awasu-Ansah, Phil Costa, and a whole host of others. This will be the case again with Heath and Webb, and both were huge liabilities and will be going forward. He doesn’t know how to fish and if nothing is biting, make the hard choices to cut bait. Regardless if he picked the empty fishing hole, it shouldn’t matter. The key is move on and find the next fishing hole that is productive. Being a good GM is not about getting accolades for picking successful players. It’s just like being a good CB…sometimes you win, sometimes you get burned. The key is to line back up without it effecting you and go at it full tilt again with confidence. Jerry just has a burning desire to prove to the world he is a great talent evaluator, and he simply is awful at it. A real man knows his strengths and weaknesses, and let’s others fill in the gaps where he needs help.

    • JoeDaBeast

      You are totally right. And I don’t know how someone can call Jerry a “mediocre” businessman and his pockets are much fatter than the comment maker. Makes one believe that no matter what Jones does, will not be good enough for the Monday Morning Quarterbacks.

      • GoalLineStan

        Who’s the someone your talking about? I don’t think Jones is a very good businessman. Just because he’s fallen into a pot of money doesn’t mean he spends it well or makes good decisions. Think about it. We’re all Monday Morning Quarterbacks here and we all have a right to our opinions, even you.

        • JoeDaBeast

          Referring to someone who “Think”s he’s “Smart”. And you’re right, we all are MMQBs, but besides he decisions in Dallas, what other poor business decisions are you referring to?

          • SmartThinking

            Bust is not so subtly referring to me, Stan. He won’t offer an original idea to this forum for open debate or present an opposing argument for polite discussion. He just throws derisive comments out there about my responses. It’s creepy having my own stalker. But that’s the risk you take when you offer differing opinions to people who aren’t equipped to present an original opposing view.

        • JoeDaBeast

          Love the stalkers who believe they are being stalked, especially by one who berates someone who disagrees with them. I ignore them now and wait for his head to pop.

    • ctcowboy1968

      Exactly! Spot on Brad. JJ’s ego wants to prove everyone else wrong. Like he knows more than them. But he is a complete failure at outsmarting everyone else.

  • Old Frog

    As I’ve said before, I think JJ has some sort of attachment disorder. He just can’t let go of players once he falls in love with them. Hopefully these experiences have taught him that not only is the cap a liability, it is potentially a powerful weapon. Cut or trade the player and force your competitors to deal with the financial problems it creates.

    • JoeDaBeast

      Or become like Cleveland or Buffalo that lets players go after their first contract and serve as the “minor leagues” for the teams that pick them up.

    • bressonnemesis

      He prizes players the way a thoroughbred horse owner prizes a young stallion. Further, JJ doesn’t have the temperament to be a GM. He craves stability and familiarity too much and avoids disruption. Then there is his megalomania which assumes a man surrounded by consultants can overcome an intellect with deficits in strategic and innovative thinking.

  • Juanito Juanito

    you can call it loyalty, i call stupidity