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Jerry Jones: Cowboys Owner Should Actually Fire Himself as General Manager

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the field prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2012

Jerry Jones the owner probably would have fired Jerry Jones the general manager back in the day, but these days Jerry Jones the owner wants everyone to know that Jerry Jones the general manager isn't going anywhere.

Yes, my brain just spontaneously combusted as well. Sounds like someone in Dallas is going through a little existential crisis.

It's okay, Jerry—we've all been there.

But let's all take a deep breath, step back and try to figure this one out. A few days ago, Jones conceded that the owner version of himself would have fired the general manager version of himself if, you know, they weren't the same person.

Here's Chris Chase from USA Today to clear up that matter:

In an interview that aired before Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas asked Jones whether he'd have fired himself as general manager following his team's years of struggling:

"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."

Okay, so theoretically speaking, Jones the general manager deserved to be fired but Jones the owner couldn't bear to do that to himself. 

Both Jones the owner and Jones the general manager cleared that up on Tuesday on his twice-weekly radio show on KRLD-FM (via Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas):

We are not structured that way. We didn't structure it that way with my ownership. There's no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That's never been anybody's misunderstanding. It's been a debated thing, but it's just not going to happen.

And by "it's been a debated thing," he means somebody brought it up and than this happened:

But Jones really should step down as general manager of his team and let somebody more qualified handle the post. Honestly, it's just time.

As Watkins noted in his piece, Jones is the man who brought you Roy Williams for three draft picks; signed Ken Hamlin, running back Marion Barber and guard Marco Rivera to big money; took major gambles on other mercurial receivers like Dez Bryant and Terrell Owens; and couldn't get along with Bill Parcells, the best thing to happen to the Cowboys since Jimmy Johnson.

The Cowboys haven't won a playoff game since 2009. Since winning the Super Bowl in 1995, the Cowboys have made the playoffs seven times in 16 years, won just two playoff games in that time and only advanced to the postseason four times since 2000.

For America's Team, that isn't good enough. And with a 3-5 team this year and the recent failings of head coaches such as Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett, it's hard not to question Jones' football judgement.

The definition of "insanity" may be constantly referring to the "definition of insanity" cliche every time you want to make a point about the absurdity of continuity in the face of failure, but it's also Jones' decision to ignore that his position of power as an owner and passion for the game do not necessarily mean he is good for the Cowboys as the team's general manager.

I'm not saying he hasn't made some solid decisions, and I truly admire his passion for the game and all he's done for the organization as an owner. Truly, I do.

But if you were to take ego out of the picture, would he still be calling the shots?

I don't think so. Of course, as Drew Magary of Deadspin notes, we're not exactly covering new ground here on the "Jerry Jones the owner won't quit Jerry Jones the general manager" topic, so perhaps it's time to close out this article.

This exact article has been written every year for fifteen years.nfl.com/news/story/0ap…

— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) November 6, 2012

We get it, Jerry—you love you some you. But if you really are as passionate about the Dallas Cowboys as you claim to be, and if you really only care about winning another Super Bowl ring, maybe it's time you let yourself go.

And with that, the remaining fragments of my brain that survived the first spontaneous combustion are now burning up as well.

 

Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets aren't afraid to get emotional after a big win.

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