The Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame class of 2017, but Jones has more feats to accomplish.
On the eve of Super Bowl LI, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones received news he had been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017. It’s an accomplishment that is well deserved.
Since 1989, the legendary owner has been the face of America’s Team. Jones took a struggling franchise and made it relevant again. The Cowboys had plummeted to being the laughing stock of the NFL.
One of the greatest coaches of all time, Tom Landry, was fired by Jones. That was the sin of all sins because nobody was supposed to fire the untouchable Landry.
Jones brought in his hand picked coach and former college teammate, Jimmy Johnson, who was a championship winning coach with the Miami Hurricanes.
But in four short years, Jerry and Jimmy won their first Super Bowl together, going from a 1-15 record in 1989 to the best team in the league.
Under Jones, the Cowboys were the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls in four years. The Cowboys were once again the most recognizable sports franchise.
That is one of the reasons Jerry is headed to Canton in the contributors category.
But there are other reasons, too.
For instance, Jones spear-headed the salary cap in the league, played a pivotal role in how the NFL handled television and marketing deals, and was instrumental in professional football returning to the city of Los Angeles.
There are other things he’s known for, like creating drama to keep the Cowboys in the news, but that’s a different discussion for a different day.
With Jerry’s well deserved induction into the HOF, his job is not complete.
One of the first things Jones has to do is get out of his own way and let son Stephen Jones, head coach Jason Garrett, and personnel director Will McClay do their jobs.
To some degree, Jerry has given Stephen more control of the team, and Jerry leans heavily on McClay when it comes to drafting and finding football players. However, Jerry still likes to meddle in the football decisions that needs to be left alone, like the quarterback situation involving Dak Prescott and Tony Romo.
If Jerry does this, the Cowboys can get back to winning on a consistent basis and win some Super Bowls. Jerry is the primary reason Dallas hasn’t won a SB in over two decades.
With the brand name of the Cowboys and the cache it brings, Jerry needs to do something unthinkable, like promote McClay to general manager and let Stephen run day to day operations.
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I’m sure it will never happen, but it’ll be a step in the right direction for this historic organization. Besides, Jerry can say he has an African-American in a top executive job with the most valued sports franchise in all of sports. That alone speaks volumes in itself.
Jerry won the hearts of Cowboys Nation when he brought Dallas three Lombardi trophies and some of the best talent in NFL history with Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Darren Woodson, Erik Williams, and Larry Allen to name a few.
Those were the good ole days, as the saying goes. Jerry has to get Dallas back to those days, where Aikman won more games than any quarterback in the 1990’s.
I want Mr. Jones to take Dallas back to the glory days — like right now. Not just the 90’s but back to the 1970’s too, when the Cowboys ruled.
It’s heart breaking to know the cheating New England Patriots have tied the Cowboys with Super Bowl wins (5) and have more SB appearances (9).
I want to see Dallas consistently in the playoffs, participating in the NFC championship game, going to the Super Bowl numerous times, and being the most loved and hated NFL team at the same time.
Well, Dallas is still hated, but Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have a slight edge after being the reigning SB champions.
The reason I’m so hard on Jerry is because he knows what success tastes like, and that’s why Cowboys fans everywhere blame him for everything that goes wrong with Dallas.
The good news is that the Cowboys have a good nucleus of players to build around, like rookies Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Anthony Brown, veterans Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and a dominant offensive line to boot.
Dallas has won the NFC East two out of three years, and the arrow is moving in the upward direction.
But until America’s Team win a few more Lombardi trophies and becomes public enemy number one, Jerry Jones has more work to do.
His job is not complete.