Granted, Jerry Jones was the team owner for seven of those ‘good years,’ but he also had not yet really perfected the art of meddling and had in his employ a really good coach who ran the talent and the coaching show. Two championships and two clashing egos later, the slide began, even though Dallas had two more seasons of elite status, thanks to Jimmy Johnson afterglow.
Since Johnson, six coaches (none the right one, by the way — pretty harsh I know, but while I’m at it), and just one general manager. Therein lies the problem.
Not exactly an epiphany, to be sure, but if enough people say it loud enough and long enough... No? You’re probably right.
Whether the target of long-suffering fan criticism be the Cowboys, the Redskins or the Eagles — well, I’m actually good with Eagles’ fans being long-suffering — most passionate fans have their 10,000-foot view of what has yet again gone wrong, and continues to do so, with the Cowboys.
Bash Romo. Blame the defense. Fire the defensive coordinator (oh yeah, did that). Fire the head coach (stay tuned). Insist it has all gone downhill since John Wayne died. Whatever. Fans have diverse and varying opinions about what needs to be done to fix the ‘Boys so they can prompt a response beyond rolling of the eyes when someone utters “America’s Team.”
Mr. Jones has done some wonderful things in his tenure as the organization’s owner. Jerry-World is a state-of-the-art venue hosting feature college games, bowls and UIL state football playoffs. And there is that huge, high-def TV any couch potato would love after a major remodel of his living room.
But I am resolved — in the future, if Romo throws a pick, I am blaming the general manager. Dez drops a pass, another demerit on the GM’s permanent record. Special teams allows a 105-yard kickoff return, it’s going to be “darn-it, Jerry” (or something in that vein) through clenched teeth.