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Jerry Jones: Always To The Extreme

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 16:  Owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, looks on during warmups before the game against the Washington Redskins on November 16, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Martin LongCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

I've always had a love-hate relationship with Jerry Jones.

The reason why is because moderation is not a word that appears in Jones' dictionary. Whenever he has an idea, it's always to the extreme or not at all.

Back when Jerry first bought the team in 1989, he made the gutsiest move of all and fired Tom Landry. He slotted in Jimmy Johnson as head coach, resulting in an uproar from the fans. As we all know, the questionable move paid off as the Cowboys went on to win two Super Bowls under Johnson's rein.

Jerry eventually ran Johnson out of town though by claiming that any coach could of won two Super Bowls with the talent he compiled. After Johnson left the Cowboys' went onto win another Super Bowl, but after that win the 'Boys'went into a downward spiral and have not won a playoff game since 1996.

Jerry took a new approach in 2006, which was to not worry about player history and just look at the talent. Jerry then went on to sign Terrell Owens and Tank Johnson. In 2007, this didn't seem to be a problem as the Cowboys went 13-3.

At the start of the 2008 season, Jerry then went on to trade for Adam "Pacman" Jones, who was suspended at the time of the trade.

Pacman never made an impact and just caused trouble during his tenure in Dallas.

After a sub-par 2008 season in which the Cowboys' went 9-7, not to mention team chemistry was being questioned, Jerry decided to completely clean the house of anyone who had caused an iota of trouble.

The result of this: the departure of Terrell Owens, Adam Jones, Tank Johnson, and Greg Ellis.

It now seems as though Jerry has a new fad, which is team unity instead of talent.

I will always thank Jerry for the things he's done as an owner. He is a great marketer and businessman, but when it comes to dealing with football, Jerry makes some strange decisions. I think that if he really cared about winning, he would either step down from his role as GM or at least hire a skilled adviser to help him make some wiser player personnel decisions.

Jerry is far too proud and has too big of an ego to even contemplate doing this. For Cowboy fans, be prepared for many more seasons to come of you scratching your head and asking why.


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