As a life long Dallas Cowboys’ fan, I try to intermingle with other fans as much as I can. I really don’t think Cowboys GM Jerry Jones realizes just how frustrated the fans are. That being said, I decided to give the fans an opportunity to tell him just how they feel. I have included the input from some of my readers and loyal fans alike.
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-US PRESSWIRE
Mr, Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ fans are the ones paying the salaries of your players. No fans means no revenue for the team. The bottom line is, we are all silent partners in the franchise and our voice deserves to be heard. Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garretts’ philosophy of always coddling the players after a bad performance and repeatedly using the excuse that the guys played hard, they did well against a real good football team even when the opponent was 2-8 etc, sends the message that losing is acceptable. The Dallas Cowboys franchise went from 20 consecutive winning seasons to 1 play off win in 16 years. Enough is enough. Even as someone who loves the Cowboys, I don’t want to cheer for losers. The excuse coming out of Valley Ranch is: “well, the salary cap changed things”. That’s BS. Under the same rules, New England has had 11 consecutive winning seasons and been to the Super Bowl 4 times. The NYG won 2 super bowls in the last 5 years.
The salary cap isn’t the problem, it’s how the salary cap is managed. Poor drafting, poor developing of players, and poor coaching.
I am sorry, but we (the fans) need something to cheer for! There needs to be some FEAR in Dallas again and that comes from accountability. Jimmy Johnson said it best, “it’s a country club and everyone is buddies”! Get us a hard nosed coach that not only has the ability to motivate these players, but coach them up and bring some discipline. A coach who is smart enough to realize that Tony Romo needs a “REAL” offensive line if this team wants any hope of being successful.
Mr Jones if you don’t come to the realization that the fans are fed up, you may just be sitting in a palace full of empty seats. The fans are already booing them off of their own field. You sold the product, it’s time to honor the warranty.
Open Letters to Dallas Cowboys GM and Owner, Jerry Jones, from Cowboy fans:
November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reacts to a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
My name is Roger Snow, and I hail from the heart of Redskin country here in Richmond, Va. I’ve been a Dallas Cowboys fan all of my life, and as bad as they are, I always will be. As a fan looking on and a genuine lover of the game, I would truly like to see an Offensive Coordinator come in here that can game plan according to our strengths. I realize Garrett is still a Rookie head coach, and to be honest I’ve seen good qualities in him there. BUT, he needs to focus exclusively on that job, and not attempt to handle the play calling as well. Clearly in former HC Wade Phillips 1st season the offense was still geared from Sean Payton and Tony Sparrano’s influence. Since Jason Garrett took over, it has continually declined. I love Rob Ryan, and with all our injuries he has still kept them playing with confidence for the most part. As a true fan, PLEASE Mr. Jones……fix our offense by 1st giving us a committed Coordinator, as well as an offensive line to work with. Thanks and many blessings to you and yours!
Chris Gonzalez Santa Barbara, Ca:
I am a life long California Dallas Cowboys fan, then again I grew up in the 90’s so it was easy to follow them then. Older generations grew up during the Landry/Staubach era, I had Johnson/Aikman. These past 5 years, well actually since the 2000’s began, has tested our relationship. I will always bleed blue, but lately it has become more stressful and frustrating. I appreciate how much work and effort you have put into the team and the new stadium. Even though I have not been to it, it’s still amazing. However Mr. Jones, this team is underachieving, and ‘under’ is a bit of an understatement, add way or completely in front of it and it’s right on. I have come to terms with the fact that you will always be handling everything to do with the team, but we the fans deserve better than this. I’ve wanted to start a petition nationwide with the rest of the frustrated Dallas Cowboys nation to boycott Cowboys games, but I know that will never be successful, not because Cowboys fan wont do it, but because all the Cowboys haters will make sure that everything stays the same with the team.
Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts on the sideline against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter of the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
We need and want a new head coach Mr. Jones, a coach who will get the best out of our players, a coach who will light a fire under them. Unfortunately, Mr. Jason Garrett is not that coach, the whole country knows it after going 2-5 in nationally televised games. We have no home field advantage, and I know that must hurt you Mr. Jones as much as it hurts us fans. What our team needs is a fresh start and a new coach will do just that. Sincerely, a die-hard frustrated fan.
Scott M. Knudsen:
Jerry, I love you and the commitment and excitement you bring to the game, especially due to the passion you have for the Dallas Cowboys. Your life story, of working hard and risking, entitles you to the demands and accolades as an NFL Owner. I, personally, would want no one but you in possession of this franchise, however, there are inherent flaws in the organization. One, and the hardest, to be absolute direct, is your distance and approximation to the “field.”
You own the place and built the greatest sporting/entertainment facility in the entire world. Because of that, you have every right to occupy every inch of the place, but the “field” reference intimates that you are “way too close” to the action. Your proximity, style, and management configuration undermines the authority of Jason Garrett and/or any Coach you would have in charge of game-day actions. Your style allows frequent “end-arounds” the Head Coach who should be the ultimate source and consultation point as it comes to player personnel and football operations management. No serious Head Coach candidate, wanting player personnel say and control, will ever come to Dallas. It burnt out Jimmy Johnson, and it exhausted Bill Parcells. Great things were happening under the reigns of both men, but you could not stay far enough away, and both of them ultimately left. No Head Coach is going to desire to coach for you. Not as long as the current management chain and decision-making structure is in place.
You have the say, and you should always be involved, as you’re Owner and President, but the General Manager is needed to act as a buffer. Players need to go to the Coach, and if, and only if, resolution is not possible, the buck stops with the General Manager’s decision-making capabilities. You’re way too close, Jerry. You need someone to save you from yourself, and that person has to be a bonafide General Manager with authority. No figure heads. Let all the football operations flow through a proven football man or woman. Get out of the way of your own self. Love your drive, enthusiasm, and will to win, but swallow the pride, and step aside when it comes to all Football Operations.
If not, this 40+ year fan is ready to jump ship to the Chicago Bears, and that’s not a threat or lie. It’s a prudent decision if things don’t change in Dallas/Arlington. As things sit right now, we will be stuck in mediocrity forever. This franchise is too proud and successful for that to be the state of affairs from now until whenever. We CAN’T win with the current organizational structure. Just can’t, and won’t. Rich Blessings and Best Wishes.