Star Blog FireGMJerry.com Published 9 years ago on January 30, 2009 By Bryson Treece Share Tweet Communities are what keep this country going … Wouldn’t you agree? Whether it’s a community trying to keep local culture and commerce alive with family owned business and small-town flare for familiarity, or it’s a community of football fans all pulling for the returned success of the Dallas Cowboys. Community is behind it all. That’s the purpose of CowboysNation.net, community. Cowboys fans are as diverse as they are many, and yet we all come together over a singular topic nearly every day … that topic? It’s a simple question, really, albeit complicated to answer. How can the Cowboys regain the glory of old and hoist a sixth Lombardi Trophy into the charged atmosphere that only a Super Bowl victory can ignite? Okay, so maybe that was a little dramatic, but here’s something that’s not at all dramatic. It seems that my friends over at www.FireTheCowboysGM.com aren’t the only ones hoping for a change in regime at Valley Ranch. Covering both past and current events, FireGMJerry.com nicely constructs a chronicle of Jerry Jones’ failures as the GM of the Dallas Cowboys. Searching for a way only to bring another Championship title to Dallas, you can see quite clearly that a change at the top is needed. Well … being the dutiful fan that I am, I’ve made a new friend in Ryan, the author of www.FireGMJerry.com. Here’s a piece of his message to Jerry Jones … “Unfortunately, you are not an elite general manager. You make questionable calls to bring in talented, yet troublesome players who destroy team chemistry. You listen to the wrong people and ignore sound advice. Be honest, Mr. Jones – if someone else had the same record as GM over the past 10 years as you, would he still be your employee? Of course not, because you demand the excellence that is needed to be a dominating force in the NFL.” – FireGMJerry.com, “Dear Mr. Jones” Reading through his features … Injuries & Usurpations and original posts from the author … he makes a good case for his argument, and I encourage you all to check out his site. The biggest trials of this quest are that of numbers, and through our voices we can spread the word, and we can make a difference. ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Jerry JonesLombardi Trophy Up Next What a Game! Super Bowl XLIII, Steelers vs Cardinals Don't Miss Should Jerry Jones, the GM, be fired? Bryson Treece Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter – @InsideTheStarDC Advertisement You may like The Dallas Cowboys’ Problems Start at the Top Jerry Jones “Absolutely Not” Considering Cowboys Coaching Changes Jerry Jones Expresses Excitement About Young Cowboys Secondary Cowboys Emerge Winners in a Lose-Lose Situation Jerry Jones: Carrying 3 QBs “Very Likely” On 53-Man Roster Cowboys en Español: Ezekiel Elliott y Una Batalla Contra la NFL 10 Comments http://firegmjerry.com Ryan Thanks for the shout-out, Bryson! Much appreciated. Also, my thanks to Kristi & Mike for their help. Without them, there would be no injuries, usurpations, nor letters to Jerry. 🙂 To you, Mr. Jones… please fire GM Jerry! https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson I still don’t think we can put too much into what Roy Williams says in his comparison. I mean come on, he’s talking about the infamous 0-16 Detroit Lions. If they aren’t practicing harder than every team in the NFL, then they don’t deserve to be around at all next year. Of course, Wade has led a soft camp the past two years and that does need to change. Like I said elsewhere … Players need to stop wasting time pointing fingers, that time is better spent resting right now, and then working their overpaid asses off during camp better-not-be-cupcake. And I stand behind that. Danny Could not agree more!! Just today WR Roy Williams was interviewed on the FAN ripping the coaching staff that GM Jerry allows to remain in place. I quote “The Detroit Lions practiced harder than the Dallas Cowboys!!” Are you kidding me. GM Jerry on your way out grab Coach Cupcake and the Redheaded One and take them with ya!! RedTexan After reading “Boys will be Boys”, I’m almost ready to jump off the Cowboys bandwagon after being a loyal fan of over 30yrs. At first I thought it would make me a more solidified fan. But now, after seeing all of the things Jerry Jones has done with the organization, I’m getting froggy. His ego overcomes logic. He usurps the power of whomever he hires, as coach, for want of notoriety. He is, as a GM, becoming more of a joke to NFL fans than Al Davis. Offering a Reality Show winner a roster spot? REALLY?? Is that what is going to win a playoff game for the 1st time in 10yrs? I’m a born Texan, and as I used to say, “A Cowboy fan by birthright”. Now I’m ashamed at the path they are taking. To turn your head to the cancer in the locker room (T.O.), look past the ill-advised drafts and free-agent signings you’ve been party too, and make a mockery of the team by instead creating a reality show about it (rather than actually try to better the team for monetary gain) makes me hang my head in shame. Can anyone else think of a GM, or even an owner, in the NFL who craves the attention, to the detriment of their team like Jerry? Steinbrenner, in MLB, is at least somewhat forgivable since he is not the GM. I think Redskin and Raiders fans are happy that their owners/GMs are not portrayed as such idiots. I WANT to root for the Boys. I WANT to have pride in the team I so willingly gave my loyalty to for so many years. But If Jerry Jones doesn’t give in and hire a competent GM, one who truly understands personnel and gives power back to his coaches, I’m gonna start shopping for another team. Jerry, I defended you after hearing such a great and moving introduction for Michael Irvin for the Hall of Fame. After learning how much you take care of players & their families. Why can’t you use that wisdom for the sake of a franchise in peril? Its rock bottom. Time to wake up https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Sounds like we’ve got another http://www.FireGMJerry.com and http://www.FireTheCowboysGM.com supporter here … at least for now. Frank Jerry ” Useless ” Jones = OUTTTTTTTTTTTTT ! Enough to dealed with ; -Tony Romo -Roy Williams -Marion Barber -Zach Thomas -Adam Jones Enough with the bullshit , Mr. Jones u need to understand something ; u cannot bought Championship !! STOP TRYING !!! championship came with ; EMOTION , Not $$$$ …. Heart , Not HUGE contract , Chemistry , Not putting Superstars players TOGETHER….. MMMM ! as the actual team lolll Anyway! its time to go Jerry …….. Bye-Bye Charlie !!! Randy Bush As a native Pittsburgher, life-long Steeler fan & current resident of Plano, I’ve watched in horror at the disintegration of one of my respected rivals. Every team has had droughts. Hell, we did nothing for 2+ decades until Bill Cowher finally got the chemistry right. The point is, the Rooneys didn’t jump all over the map looking for quick solutions. It took time, careful use of the draft and, especially, sticking to the concept of building TEAMS. Mr. Jones has no issue with spending money. Looking at his CV, he clearly was an excellent & successful businessman in the Gas & Oil field. Mr. Jones, however, doesn’t get NFL management. Does he love football? Absolutely. Does he love the Cowboys? I have no doubt. Does he want to win championships? I’m certain of it. In his position of GM, however, he’s like a plumber trying to be an electrician. He knows just enough to be dangerous. His micromanagement of the Cowboys through a puppet coach have resulted in loose discipline, low expectations and, therefore, lousy team chemistry within a group of talented men that have been allowed to develop an “every man for themselves” attitude. We have a saying in my business: “Fish rots from the head down”. The players are simply mirroring their perception of Mr. Jones’ expectations by means of his actions. We all know Mr. Jones needs to step back, hire a real GM & give him authority. 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? https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson That’s a good question, so I blogged about it … heehee Kimberly A-MEN! Mr. Jones, firing GM Jerry would be the best thing you could do for this team. Would you please kindly consider it? 🙂 Star Blog Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense? Published 5 hours ago on January 16, 2018 By Sean Martin Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season. On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason. It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign. This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins) For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though. The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods. With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018. As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes. Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward. A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out. The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford. With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays. Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season. Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan. He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond. This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two. Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball. Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline. Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level. Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever. A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense. The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off. With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons? Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”? Published 7 hours ago on January 16, 2018 By Brian Martin The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly. Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed. The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott. It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight. The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career. Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”. Enter Tight End Rico Gathers. Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party. We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension. Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball. The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs. And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to. Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards. That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott. Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career. Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field. Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers. There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster. If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”. Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”? ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Months Later, it Seems Jaguars S Barry Church was Right Published 24 hours ago on January 15, 2018 By Kevin Brady About five months ago, before the 2017 NFL season had even begun, former Cowboys safety Barry Church made comments which made Cowboys Nation scratch their heads. Now a Jacksonville Jaguar, Church said his current team was more talented than his former, the Dallas Cowboys. At the time, many fans and writers alike laughed off his comments and chalked it up to typical preseason hype. Most people thought Church was crazy for suggesting a 13-3 team had less talent than the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team led by Blake Bortles. Well, five months later, it’s become clear Barry Church was right. Brian Chojnacki on Twitter Jaguars safety Barry Church says he feels this Jags team has more talent than his #Cowboys squad last season. Dallas went 13-3. https://t.co/EcbxfUGsvy This weekend the Jaguars went on the road to Pittsburgh, and came away with a wire-to-wire victory in January. The Jaguars were the more physical team from start to finish, and dominated from the opening kick off. On the road. Against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers. Now the Jaguars are preparing to do something the Cowboys haven’t done in two decades: play in a conference championship game. The Jaguars and Cowboys will be linked for the next decade or so due to decisions each made during the 2016 NFL Draft. And while it appeared the Cowboys pushed all the right buttons in 2016, it now looks as if the Jaguars are preparing to compete for AFC supremacy for years to come. With their talented secondary, dominant defense, and physical rushing attack, the Jaguars have built their team in the mold of past champions. 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