Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones Needs to Hire a General Manager

Del KerbyContributor IFebruary 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones leaves a meeting at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute during a 7 day extension of talks.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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If ever there was a time to identify the most pressing position needed to be filled by the Dallas Cowboys, it's now.

Jerry Jones has got to recognize that his team is not going in the right direction.  To say it's like a ship without a rudder, is putting it mildly. 

Sure he's made some good decisions over the years, nobody is doubting that.  But the issue is his micro-management philosophy is hurting his team.

There is no owner more dedicated to his team, but Jones as a general manager is average at best.

If we look at the most successful teams in the league, we find that they all have full-time general managers, GMs that spend all their time working for just the team.

An example of an owner getting out of the way are the San Francisco 49ers.  When John York appointed his son Jed York to run the team, that was the first move in a long time that was right.

Jed's first move was to call former owner Eddie DeBartelo and ask for advice on how to build a winning franchise.  It was a good move, who better to ask than the owner who brought five Super Bowl trophies to the Bay area.

DeBartelo gave him two pieces of advice.  First, hire a quality general manager to run the team and find a coach.  Second, to get out of the way and let him do his job.

So this year what happens?  The 49ers go from 6-10 to being the second best team in NFC, and almost make it to the Super Bowl with a first-year coach.

Jones should take heed to this and at least reassess his role with the Cowboys.  Take a long hard look at himself and place the needs of the team first.

If he can locate a quality general manager  then the Cowboys would probably advance back to the elite team they were.  Someone like San Francisco's Trent Baalke or New England's Vice President of Football Operations Scott Paoli.

The Cowboys deserve a full-time general manager who has the experience and dedication to make them better. 

What they don't need is a full-time owner who's also a part-time general manager, micro-managing the day to day operations of the team.