Jerry Jones isn’t going to be firing himself as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys.
The owner runs the show and it’s going to remain that way.
Jones was interviewed on NBC prior to his team’s 19-13 loss Sunday night to the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. His team is 123-124 since 1997 and he was asked if he would have fired the general manager responsible for that stretch if there was one.
Jones said he probably would. But he’s the boss and he’s not letting himself go. According to the Dallas Morning News, Jones clarified the issue during an appearance on KRLD-FM in Dallas.
“We are not structured that way,” Jones said. “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. We’ve had success doing it this way and we’re going to have success in the future doing it this way. It eliminates some very serious issues when you look around the league, as to creating an additional layer that you’re continually having decisions, making changes, doing those kinds of things.
“It’s real clear. I was asked the question, ‘If you were an owner and you had a general manager, would you make a change?’ Under those circumstances I speculated that I would probably have made a change, but that’s not our situation. To change, I’d have to change myself. People don’t do that. If you’ve got the commitment and you have the investment, and I’m talking about in time, effort, all of those kind of things, you change yourself. You don’t change out and have someone else go in there and do it. And that would be misleading to begin with because no one would believe you if you hired somebody at that spot and really believe that he’s not sitting there and ultimately at what I want to do. Somebody would say, ‘Why don’t you just mentally let them go do it.’ I’m not built that way.”
So, there you go. If the Cowboys don’t turn things around this season, there will be immense speculation that Jones will fire coach Jason Garrett. If he does, then Jones the GM will be able to conduct another coach search.
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