Dallas Cowboys: Why Jerry Jones Is One the NFL's Worst GMs

Jason Henry@thenprojectCorrespondent IMay 19, 2011

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Depending on who you listen to Jerry Jones is either one of the worst GM’s in the league or one of the best. He’s responsible for drafting Dez Bryant and Felix Jones but he also decided to sign Brad Johnson as a backup quarterback and hire Wade Phillips as a head coach.

Yeah, Phillips won a lot of games in Dallas, but did anyone really think he had the metal to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl? With a player like Terrell Owens in the locker room, who had the louder voice?

At any rate, Double J has made his fair share of questionable moves and it’s evidenced by the Cowboys' lack of postseason appearances.

Dallas won its first playoff game since 1996 in 2009, ending a 13-year drought. The last time Dallas sniffed a Super Bowl, it was held in their own stadium and two of their rivals played in it: the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Talk about a buzz kill.

So what exactly has Jerry done to make the Cowboys such a bad team? He’s aggressive, isn’t afraid to spend money and frankly, he isn’t scared to make a mistake. But isn’t that why Dallas is so…so…1990s?

How many times have you heard someone say that Dallas is America’s team and you either yell at the TV screaming “No, they aren’t!” or the person next to you says it before you can.

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Just to quantify, does anybody remember Roy E. Williams?

Yeah, the guy Jerry gave up a first-, third- and sixth-round draft pick for. Not to mention the $26 million in guaranteed dough he received.

Roy has been nothing short of a disappointment in Dallas and fans have been screaming for Jerry to rid the team of his services for a while now. Too bad that contract doesn’t shrink with Roy’s production.

That’s not Jerry’s only bad move as GM of a team who consistently plays below expectations. He failed to properly address the team’s offensive line concerns over the past few years and the Cowboys suffered badly because of it last season.

The team’s secondary tanked last season and instead of picking a few cornerbacks and safeties up in the draft, Jones chose a wide receiver and a fullback.

Not bad moves or bad players, but the need at other positions seemed so great.

Then there is the hiring of Mr. Wade Phillips. Bum’s son was brought in because he was the total opposite of Bill Parcells. He’s not a strict disciplinarian and his style was more laid back.

Phillips let the guys plays cards and shoot the breeze before practice. The ‘Boys were missed that element from their locker room so Jerry thought it would be a good idea to add a guy like Phillips to the fold.

Wade was fired last season after the ‘Boys started 1-7 following a embarrassing 45-7 loss the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Now to Jerry’s credit for lack of a better term he was forced to sign Phillips to an extension following the 2009 season. Wade was responsible for leading the team to its first playoff victory in over a decade and the team emerged as division champs.

How can you not sign a guy to a contract extension after that?

When Phillips was hired he beat out the likes of Ron Rivera, Jim Caldwell, Norv Turner and Mike Singletary. Still think that hire made sense for Dallas?

Jerry has made more than a few wonderful moves for Dallas, like signing Deion Sanders and drafting DeMarcus Ware. He may not personally responsible for doing either, but they happened under his watch.

But for a team with as much talent as the Cowboys shouldn’t there be a few more playoff wins and maybe another Super Bowl trophy at Valley Ranch by now?

Success is measured in wins and trophies and as of late, Dallas has neither.

So that makes brother Jerry Jones one of the worst general managers in the National Football League.