If there’s a more discussed owner currently in the National Football League than Dallas Cowboys leader Jerry Jones, there must be a 33rd franchise no one knows anything about.
Jones took over the Cowboys in 1989 and immediately made a splash, (or what it a thud?), by firing head coach Tom Landry, the only sideline leader the franchise had know over its first 29 seasons.
The Hall of Fame coach was replaced by Jimmy Johnson. Johnson inherited a 3-13 team and promptly led them to a 1-15 season.
You probably know the rest of the story.
Johnson and Jones would go on to glory in Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII, but Johnson was gone after the second championship due to personal differences between the two men.
Enter Barry Switzer, who led the club to the NFC title game in 1994 and a win in Super Bowl XXX a year later.
Enter, (and exit), have become popular terms in Dallas as Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett have all been head coaches during the Jones Era.
And since the Cowboys last Super Bowl appearance in 1995, the team is 138-134 during the regular season and 2-7 in the playoffs.
Today, Jones remains the central figure of the league’s most discussed team. It will be interesting to see if the franchise, as currently constructed, can once again return to Super Bowl glory.
It’s anyone’s call.
Or is it?