Jerry Jones has finally hit the nail on the head, though I'm not sure he meant to do it.
Jones was interviewed by NBC's Bob Costas before the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9 when he said he would have already fired the team's general manager by now if not for the fact that the job was his:
Well, I think so … because he was there to dismiss. I’ve always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager (h/t Star-Telegram.com).
Basically, Jones is admitting his failure to build a winning franchise.
He needs to take his own advice and fire himself for the good of the team he so dearly loves and treasures—not to mention the loyal fans who have been driven to boo him mercilessly as of late.
The only way to save the Cowboys and the only way to save Jones from becoming the next Al Davis is for him to relent control of football operations to a real football man with a strong vision. It's time for the Cowboys to hire a real general manager—someone who will take an objective look at the team's deficiencies and make the necessary changes.
Ever since Jimmy Johnson left, Jones has been the man in charge of making all personnel decisions and all the hiring and firing of coaches. Barry Switzer came in and won another Super Bowl for "America's Team" thanks to Johnson's foundation.
But Johnson's foundation soon crumbled, and things haven't been right since.
The Cowboys have only won a single playoff game in the past 15 years, and Jones' decisions are the primary reason for this drought.
Just taking a quick glance at his current roster, Jones has overpaid Miles Austin ($57 million), Orlando Scandrick ($28 million) and Gerald Sensabaugh ($25 million). The team's offensive line is in shambles, and there isn't a healthy running back on the roster.
Oh, and don't forget that Jones has been threatening to re-sign Tony Romo to a long-term deal this season and has continuously spoken up for Jason Garrett, despite the overwhelming evidence of his incompetence as a head coach.
Jones has ruined his team. It's time for someone with a high degree of football acumen to come into the situation and stage a complete reformation.
Don't let your ego get in the way of a fantastic idea, Mr. Jones. You're really on to something, so now make it happen.