Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Fiddles While Rome Burns

Gene StrotherCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23:   Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys before a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Cowboy Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Rams 34 to 7.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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It is time for a Jones family coup.

It is time for the Jones family to salvage what is left of their dignity and community status. This mess Papa Jones is making of the Dallas Cowboys threatens to destroy every shred of goodwill the people of Dallas/Fort Worth ever had for the Arkansas clan.

After the Cowboys concluded yet another disappointing, playoff-missing season with an 8-8 record, which they achieved by dropping four of their last five games, Jones was peppered with the usual questions about hiring a general manager.

The stubborn ol' coot once again stood his ground, set his jaw and defiantly declared himself the best man for the job. At this point, exactly one person in the universe believes that to be true: Jerry Jones.

Jerry's reasoning is beyond ridiculous.

David Moore of DallasNews.com shared the belligerent owner's reaction to the idea of the Cowboys bringing a football man like Bill Polian on board as GM:

"I know we can do better, but I think there are some positives there."

"I'd call on the very same kinds of influence and people and the information that someone like Bill Polian does."

"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."

If you really listen to what Jones is saying, it is pretty clear that he has lost the last shred of sanity he possessed.

He thinks that telling Joe Fan that he hasn't been acting unilaterally all these years will make the mediocrity he has mired this club in easier to digest.

He thinks he can fool the entire world.

He thinks that if he can just make you understand that he really is the best choice for GM of the Dallas Cowboys, everything will be just fine.

But you ain't buying it. Neither am I. Neither is anyone else in the known universe.

During the 15-year period from 1997–2011, Jerry Jones' Cowboys have posted a regular season record of 120–120. They have been to the playoffs six times. They have one playoff victory.

The Dallas Cowboys plowed through five head coaches during the aforementioned span. Jason Garrett is coach number six. One of those coaches, Dave Campo (the current defensive backs coach), was the head man for three consecutive 5–11 teams.

We are not talking about the Cardinals here! This is the Dallas Cowboys. And these are the Dark Ages in this team's storied existence. Fans of America's Team continue to suffer through the longest Super Bowl drought in franchise history with no sign of relief on the horizon and no reason to hope for a better tomorrow.

Still, Jones says hiring a general manager would "deter from the mix" at Cowboys headquarters. This has to be among the most insane things the man has said to date. He is overseeing a faltering, failing organization but does not want to mess up the chemistry?


Jerry "Nero" Jones continues to fiddle while Rome burns and nobody can do a thing about it. Unless...his own family joins together and overthrows the tyrant.

A Jones family coup may be the only thing that can save the Cowboys from the destructive force of an insane owner.