Jerry Jones gets emotional when asked about handling of Cowboys organization
Jerry Jones of course serves as both the owner of the Dallas Cowboys as well as the organization’s general manager. Many have suggested over the years that holding those dual roles creates a conflict of interest, but Jones unsurprisingly doesn’t see it that way.
What’s more, the belief that Jones would ever cede control of the Cowboys front office is almost universally viewed as a nonstarter, most importantly by Jones himself.
The outspoken Cowboys owner/GM recently was confronted with the notion that wearing those aforementioned two hats has contributed to the team’s lack of substantive success over the past few decades. The belief is that the motivations of an owner often conflict with the goals set forth by a typical team’s front office.
Asked on the Cowboys’ flagship radio station whether that was indeed the case, Jones pushed back and became emotional while doing so.
“Where the misnomer is that I care any more or less about that than I do making a first down,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, his voice cracking as he spoke, per Todd Archer of ESPN. “That’s where it goes [awry] and that’s where it’s not right. Every chance I’m given an opportunity to trade dollars, or if you will, trade an issue of visibility or an issue of promotion, every chance that I get a chance I go for the first down, every chance — I’ll go back to when I bought the team.
“That was the most money that had ever come out of anybody’s pocket to get into sport. And, somehow, God willing, I got the spot to do it and I gave every damn bit of it up to buy the Cowboys, because I would rather have that than have the money.”
The narrative surrounding whether or not Jones should relinquish his duties as general manager recently resurfaced after John Elway stepped down as Denver Broncos GM while retaining the role of president of football operations. It was reinforced by how Jones recently bragged about the Cowboys breaking attendance records in the “world of pandemic” amid a nightmarish 2020 season on the field.
The fact that the Cowboys have not won a championship since 1995 and boast only four postseason victories since that Super Bowl XXX victory obviously is unflattering when it comes to Jones’ management — or arguable mismanagement — of the iconic NFL organization over the past two-plus decades.
In fact, Jones’ patented heavy-handed and domineering approach to running the Cowboys — both as GM and owner — have long been cited as the prevailing reason why the team continues to come up short in matching the organization’s esteemed championship pedigree.
Still, it would be foolish to expect Jones to change his approach and stop being the face of the NFL’s most valuable franchise, even if many outside the Cowboys organization have long seen the writing on the wall.