Randy Bush writes, “My question to all of you Cowboys fans is this: Do you feel that Mr. Jones VALUES winning enough to find making these fundamental changes worthwhile?”
That’s the end of a comment left on the FireGMJerry.com feature from last week (redacted post), and I felt compelled to take a shot at answering his question while giving other fans a more noticeable chance to do so as well.
My take on Jerry Jones is that through his years before buying the team; he learned to assume that he’s right and to fix it when he’s not. The oil business that he got rich from requires a lot of educated guesses and luck, and that line of work can really teach you a lot about your own judgment skills.
As the Cowboys Owner he’s had 20 years to experience some similar things to what he did in the oil business. They’re both up and down regarding success and they both take time and money.
He seems to approach this team like he probably used to approach an empty field that he suspected had oil under it. You find a place you think is right and you start throwing money and man-power at it until you strike gold.
He got Jimmy and Troy and the rest, and he, like the other famous hillbillies, struck gold. But that well dried up after a while and ever since he’s been trying to find a new one. He still feels his judgment is right on queue, and he’s not that far off most of the time. Maybe just enough to make him a better Owner than a GM.
But a football team isn’t like an oil field. More money doesn’t always equal better production, even if everything else is just right.
Drills and pipes and wrenches don’t have personalities, girlfriends, or egos; they’re just tools. And that’s what Jerry fails to realize; every well-oiled machine needs the right tools.
On the flip side, in that business you learn after a while that when you look for one specific trait in a prospect that you think makes it a good place to drill, and you get enough bad results, you have to take a step back and look at things. You start changing your crew out to find better guys because the old ones didn’t get you that oil, then you try different equipment for the same reason.
But eventually you have to see that the only common thread remaining is you and your obsession with finding that one special trait you always look for.
Well right now Jerry Jones is still going for that one special trait, and it happens to be the very control that he has believed would bring another championship to Dallas. We’re just along for the ride until he does finally realize that he’s the only link on this Cowboys team to the failures of the all of the last 12 years.