IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' prolonged run of mediocrity, which has produced one playoff win in 17 seasons, has featured one constant.
That, of course, leads to one logical question. And one absolutely illogical answer.
"It's often said that, why don't I get someone to be the GM?" Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "Why don't I get someone to pick the players? Well, who in the world do you think that person when they walk through the door and say, ‘We want to get this player or we want to pay this player,' what in the world do you think I'm going to do? I'm going to sit down and I'm going to go through it and I'm going to say, ‘Show me the player. Show me everything about the player before I write the check. Show me the player and let me see everything about the player.'
"Well, rather than that have happen, I get involved in it and know everything about the players before they get to the door. That, if you've got the time to do it, that's a better way to do it."
Why hire an architect when you've got time to decide how you want your house to look, right? Never mind that you keep building houses with leaky roofs and crumbling foundations.
Jerry is just too stubborn to admit the Cowboys would be better off if he got out of the way and just focused on his strength, which is being one of the premier marketing men in sports history. He refuses to admit that he's a football fool, and he has three Lombardi Trophies in his office to show anyone who wants to argue otherwise. (Jimmy who?!)
Much breath has been wasted on this maddening subject over the years, but Jerry has made it clear he didn't buy this fancy toy to let somebody else play with it.
He'll change coaches and the roster on a regular basis. But the GM who can't get it right has a job for life.