Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he needs to do some self-reflection when evaluating his franchise. Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, this is just more hot air from their team's high-profile owner. If he hasn't changed in 25 years, there is little reason to think Jones is going to this offseason, especially when considering the recent coaching changes.
"I've got to evaluate my own role -- I need to look at the man in the mirror and really be honest about why we keep coming up short," Jones told Mortensen following his team's third straight 8-8 season.
That look in the mirror has led to Jones hiring former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to be his offense's passing game coordinator. Bill Callahan is still set to stay on as offensive coordinator. Team vice president Stephen Jones has told Mortensen that Callahan is less than happy about the Linehan hire.
As if the Linehan/Callahan situation wasn't enough, the team has demoted former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to an assistant coach and promoted former defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to his boss' former position.
So Rod Marinelli calling the defenses and Scott Linehan officially named play-caller on offense. Nobody fired but responsibilities shifted— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 29, 2014
It should be noted that Mortensen reported that head coach Jason Garrett was allowed to call the shots on Linehan's hiring and Marinelli's promotion.
These events raise two flags: one being that it's sad that something as simple as Garrett making changes to his own staff has to be given a green light by at least one Jones. Secondly, no other team would demote its defensive coordinator or take one of the two jobs away from its offensive coordinator.
The recent turn of events in Dallas show that Jerry Jones has no intentions of looking in the mirror or changing his ways. The fact that his team has been essentially .500 for the past decade or so hasn't made him want to change how he goes about things.
His team's recent failures when given a chance to punch its playoff ticket in season finales hasn't even made him embarrassed. When asked if he was after his team's loss to Philadelphia in Week 17 of last season, he replied: “Would you get embarrassed if you were standing in this stadium? Seriously The answer is no.”
Jones looks at the Cowboys from a financial perspective because that's how he made his initial fortune that allowed him to buy the team. He has made Dallas quite the lucrative franchise but that's all he knows how to do. He won't stop pretending he can't build a Super Bowl-contending team.
It would be great if Jones was telling the truth to Mortensen when he said he was going to look in the mirror. The Dallas faithful knows that's not the case nor is it going to happen.
Until Jones admits his own shortcomings, the Cowboys' woes will continue on the field and that isn't going to happen anytime soon.