One person will wear GM hat in Dallas — Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones is beginning the evaluation process for the Dallas Cowboys after another season without a playoff appearance but his thinking isn’t about to include the addition of a general manager to the mix.
No, the owner is going to continue to wear that hat because another person in the front office would “deter from the mix,” Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on 105.3 FM in Dallas.
“I'd call on the very same kinds of influence and people and the information that someone like Bill Polian does," Jones said, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “The way we're structured and the way it is, our fans need to understand that I have the ability to go get anybody and any bit of information that there is, sports or football, and I do. I go get it. We get it from a lot of sources.”
Jones is confident in his ability to run the show but the Cowboys continue to languish in the post-Jimmy Johnson era. They haven’t found the right mix, whatever that is.
"One of the first jobs of a GM is to have good coaching," Jones said. I think we've got good coaching. I know that they know it can be better, but every team can say that. I look at our coaching and I like it.
"I look at our personnel. We had a total of 71 players on the roster all year, 31 were new players. I look at the mix of players, the veteran, the young player, where we're going to be with our core. I know we can do better, but I think there are some positives there."
Criticize Jones all you want for not being from a pure football background. That doesn’t bother him one bit.
"The facts are I've spent, what, 22 years doing this,” he said. “I've made a lot of changes from year to year as time goes along, but frankly I know that when we do not have the kind of success, when we don't have expectations lived up to, then the one that should get the most heat is the one who ultimately makes the decisions, period, and that's me."
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune