Jerry Jones: I'm the GM 'Cause I Write the Checks
If any Dallas Cowboys fans thought that the embarrassing loss to Green Bay would make Jerry 'Ebenezer Scrooge' Jones see the light, they'd be wrong.
Scrooge ... I mean, Jones ... says despite the Cowboys problems, he'll continue to be the general manager because he writes the checks.
"It's often said that, why don't I get someone to be the GM?" Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM (via ESPN.com). "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 have that happen, I get involved in it and know everything about the players before they get to the door," Jones added. "That, if you've got the time to do it, that's a better way to do it."
Jones has every right to do that, but at some point when do you put your ego in check and realize that maybe, just maybe it's your fault that your team is bad.
31 other teams have the opinion -- granted, to varying degrees of success -- that a person with total focus on personnel matters is more suited for making those decisions. If that person does a poor job over time, he's fired, which is a businesslike way of demanding certain standards be met.
That can be tricky when the owner serves as his team's GM. If that owner has an ego the size of his stadium scoreboard, it can be downright tough.
I guess, in Jones's case, that also means it's never gonna happen.