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Reeves: "Coaches Never Punch A Clock"

Dan Reeves remains mystified that his prospective consultant job with the Dallas Cowboys fell apart over team owner Jerry Jones’ insistence on a contractual clause that required Reeves to work a certain amount of hours, according to Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“Coaches never punch a clock,” Reeves said.
Months later, Reeves is still surprised that the deal unraveled at the eleventh hour.
“Although I respected Jerry’s decision, I didn’t understand it, and it wasn’t something that was even negotiable,” Reeves said.  “I just couldn’t sign something that, in my opinion, would mean I’d be working day-to-day.
“But for some reason, Jerry felt like he had to [have in writing] that I work as many, or more, hours as the head coach [Wade Phillips] and offensive coordinator [Jason Garrett].  That meant, at any time, [Jones] could say, ‘You didn’t work as many hours as Wade did yesterday, therefore, you’ve voided your contract.'”
Reeves had turned down the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator offer prior to nearly landing in Dallas.
Reeves recalled that Jones was the one who first acknowledged that the punch-the-clock issue was a deal-breaker.
“If I feel it’s important and you feel it’s something you can’t live with, why don’t we just part ways?” Reeves said.  “Maybe it was a case of Jerry changing his mind [about me], and this was the way to get out of it.  I don’t know.”

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  1. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 11:07 AM

    Just drop it, old man. You’re being pathetic.
    Reeves wanted a guaranteed contract and the ability to make his own hours, obviously.

  2. Ganggreen86 says: Apr 12, 2009 11:08 AM

    I don’t know, I agree with him. Jones has shown a persistence in the past decade to run a team when he simply doesn’t know how to.
    I hope Dallas appreciated the 90’s, because days like those will never come to the “Big D” for a long, long, loooong time.

  3. houskat says: Apr 12, 2009 11:10 AM

    Coaches make millions, how much would that be an-hour?

  4. DandyDodgeRoboQB says: Apr 12, 2009 11:14 AM

    it wasn’t about punching a clock, it was about jones wanting Reeves to be available everyday.
    http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/02/punching-in-punching-out.html
    Can we just clarify something on the Dan Reeves’ front?
    In no way did Jerry Jones want Reeves to actually punch a time clock for work. He did want a commitment from Reeves on being available on a daily basis and sought to ensure that in the contract.
    But it had nothing to do with clocking in at 9 a.m. and leaving at 5 p.m., or with any actual amount of hours per week. When Reeves said he didn’t want this to be a coaching contract, Jones outlined that he wanted Reeves to work comparable hours to what an assistant coach would spend with the team.
    Jones wanted protection in the deal in writing. Reeves didn’t want it in there. They moved on.
    Pardon me, while I go punch out on the DMN clock.

  5. skinnysweatyman3 says: Apr 12, 2009 11:22 AM

    Yeah, the Cowboys don’t need an actual coach hanging around Wade Phillips. He’s got everything under control down there.

  6. MarkB says: Apr 12, 2009 11:23 AM

    Kindergarten teachers don’t punch a clock – how do you ask an executive consultant to? ALL executives make their own hours. If you don’t trust someone to work enough, you don’t hire them.

  7. garyofferdahl says: Apr 12, 2009 11:24 AM

    You think Parcells or Marv Levy when he was the Bills VP punched a clock?

  8. rayg says: Apr 12, 2009 11:29 AM

    asking a consultant to punch a clock is ridiculous.

  9. HobnailedBoot says: Apr 12, 2009 11:34 AM

    Vox, you are one ignorant mo fo.
    Are you Jerruh’s lapdog now?
    Are you such a blind Cowgirls fan that you believe (as Jerruh does), that the sun shines from his butt?
    Dan Reeves is an unimpeachable man of class and grace, two things that Jerruh and his organization sorely lack.
    Jerruh is a d-bag who had the stones (or the lack of brains) to actually demand that Dan Reeves, who has never given less than 100% in anything he’s done, sign a frakking time sheet?
    Shut the heck up!

  10. bearsfan69 says: Apr 12, 2009 11:37 AM

    …Or else “Ol’Jerry” wanted a real coach to cover for his fake coach, and didn’t want Reeves being able to back out when he realized the magnitude of the mess Wade has made.

  11. VOR says: Apr 12, 2009 11:40 AM

    Gee, another bad decision by Jones? Whodathunkit?

  12. getagrip says: Apr 12, 2009 11:47 AM

    Generally, the point of working as a consultant is to, you know, avoid having to put in face-time. Zuh?

  13. Bill In DC says: Apr 12, 2009 12:06 PM

    1) Last sentence, exactly.
    2) He wasn’t going to be a ‘coach’, he was going to be a consultant to a coach. This is, I think, the key to the whole issue. Jerry most likely figured out that Reeves was not grasping his role and was thinking of himself as a coach, not a consultant and was not going to change his thinking. At that point I don’t think Jerry wanted to hire him and the ‘time on the job clause’ was a face saving way out of it for them both. As I recall that clause was inserted late in the game.
    Reeves just needs to either sign the contract, recognize his role as ‘consultant’, or just move on. Stop whining about it.

  14. Bill In DC says: Apr 12, 2009 12:07 PM

    rayg,
    Yes, that would be, but that wasn’t the case. he was required to work as long as the HC, not ‘punch a clock’. People are too literal minded.

  15. Bill In DC says: Apr 12, 2009 12:10 PM

    Hobnailed,
    So, what are you? A pathetic anti-Cowboy, anti-Jones who just bleats nearly incoherent ramblings and grade school insults?

  16. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 12:24 PM

    yeah I agree with Bill. What does what coaches do have anything to do with what Reeves role would have been? “Coaches never punch a clock”? Who said he was going to be a coach? Reeves may be senile.

  17. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 12:25 PM

    “I honestly can’t believe anybody would actually want to work for the Cowboys anyway.”
    That’s ok. I can’t believe that anybody would have the stomach to root for the cheating Patriots.

  18. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 12:27 PM

    “Dan Reeves is an unimpeachable man of class and grace”
    So what? Are you saying that he deserves to write his own ticket because he’s a nice guy? You pay him, scrub.

  19. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 12:27 PM

    “Kindergarten teachers don’t punch a clock – how do you ask an executive consultant to? ALL executives make their own hours. If you don’t trust someone to work enough, you don’t hire them. ”
    That’s pretty much what happened, isn’t it?

  20. BradyGazelle says: Apr 12, 2009 12:28 PM

    I honestly can’t believe anybody would actually want to work for the Cowboys anyway.

  21. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 12:29 PM

    “…Or else “Ol’Jerry” wanted a real coach to cover for his fake coach, and didn’t want Reeves being able to back out when he realized the magnitude of the mess Wade has made.”
    Bitch please, you’re a freaking BEARS fan.

  22. KBall7326 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:36 PM

    Why does Jerry Jones hate the Cowboys? Dan Reeves would have been a great addition to the front office.

  23. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 12:39 PM

    “You think Parcells or Marv Levy when he was the Bills VP punched a clock? ”
    More importantly, who cares what those dinosaurs that haven’t won jack in a long time did? Yeah, Jones won a lot of games a long time ago too, he has more Super Bowl rings than those two guys put together and they’re all more recent.

  24. gallaghedj311 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:42 PM

    There is a hundred dollar bill in the middle of an intersection. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are at opposite sides of the intersection along with Vox at another side and Tony Romo on a Monday morning the day after winning a playoff game at the fourth and final side. Who gets the hundred doller bill?
    Vox does. Why, you ask? Because the other three people are figments of your goddamn imagination! Happy Easter Vox! Phucking Phrontrunner…

  25. ronmexico says: Apr 12, 2009 12:51 PM

    Let it go, Dan. Let it go.

  26. lee says: Apr 12, 2009 1:00 PM

    more proof positive that Jerry Jones is a football dumbass.
    no living human being means cowboy as much as Dan Reeves.
    Its pretty clear
    Jerry Jones runs a carnival or circus like PT Barnum.
    Dan Reeves is a football man
    period.
    sometimes the 2 just dont intersect where the ringmaster wants them to.
    Jerry Jones
    shame the …. on you for letting your ego get in the way of your success, your teams success and your family’s success.
    what a legacy to leave behind. hopefully stephen learns alot of what
    Not To Do from Dad.

  27. Detroit_Arizona_Connection says: Apr 12, 2009 1:04 PM

    Hey…Did Scotty Bowman ever punch a clock when he was a consultant with the Detroit Red Wings? No. JJ is nuts…

  28. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 1:12 PM

    “shame the …. on you for letting your ego get in the way of your success, your teams success and your family’s success.”
    What a loser, he’s only a self-made BILLIONAIRE (laugh out loud).
    Quick, how much money you got in the bank, Lee?
    Shame the hell on you for failing your family like that.

  29. ozinsd says: Apr 12, 2009 1:12 PM

    Maybe players and coaches should start punching clocks instead of their wives and/or girlfriends.

  30. Vox Veritas says: Apr 12, 2009 1:15 PM

    “Because the other three people are figments of your goddamn imagination!”
    Tony Romo’s not a figment of anybody’s imagination, Eagirls dummy. he is a real person.

  31. EskinSux says: Apr 12, 2009 1:28 PM

    It’s obvious Jerrah wanted a return on his investment,and wanted it in writing…..I mean after all, what he paid Phillips and Garrett has produced zero results….

  32. Hermoso says: Apr 12, 2009 1:34 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I am not a Cowboys fan and I dislike Jerry Jones. However, why do you guys keep on twisting the words around and saying “punch a time clock”. It never says that in the article. It says that Reeves had to work a certain amount of hours, which I don’t see a problem with.

  33. Big M says: Apr 12, 2009 1:40 PM

    Vox….
    wow man, funny how you’ll rant on the other misconceptions of other teams that Florio harps on, yet you’re quick to defend the sleaze-ball owner of your team. in fact, you’re so adament that you took the time on Easter Sunday to respond to each person who disagreed with you. why don’t you move on and find a way to be productive. the economy is in a rut- go volunteer at a soup kitchen or something.

  34. Ganggreen86 says: Apr 12, 2009 1:55 PM

    Shhh…JJ doesn’t want anyone to know Romo is a fraud.
    Whoops, secret’s out!
    Shhh…

  35. stevehg says: Apr 12, 2009 2:43 PM

    Thank God for Jerry Jones!
    He’s the one thing that makes Dan Snyder look good-or at least not as bad.

  36. Primetime says: Apr 12, 2009 3:50 PM

    It’s always good to see other fans come on here and try to start up and say stuff on the Cowboys. I especially enjoy watching the never did anything in the NFL EAGLES FANS come in here and say stuff. Here’s the deal no matter if its football season or the offseason the Cowboys will be in the headlines 24/7. I understand that fans wish the attention was focused on their team but it’s not. Good news or Bad the BOYS will be in your face. EAGLE FANS keep ranting, here’s A fact for you EAGLE FANS, since your existence (1930’s) how many Super Bowl wins do your club hold? How many times has your team smelt the trophy? EAGLE FANS I know it’s hard to be a 2nd tier club but hey someone has to CLAIM THAT HONOR.

  37. MightyB says: Apr 12, 2009 7:14 PM

    Dan Reeves has been out of coaching for years…….and he’s still won a playoff game more recently than the Cowboys have:)

  38. 777 says: Apr 12, 2009 9:47 PM

    Vox got his panties in a bunch

  39. Long Ball says: Apr 12, 2009 10:25 PM

    Everyone knows what happened — Cuzzin Jerruh shook hands with Dan the Man, had an agreement in principle, went home, had a few drinks and then realized “If the Cowboys are successful this year, everyone will say it’s because of Dan, not me!” So, what “poison pill” could he insert into the contract after-the-fact? Yep, that’s it — insult the integrity and work ethic of Dan the Man!

  40. mikemboston says: Apr 13, 2009 9:06 AM

    stevehg, tell us what the hell Dan Snyder has done with his time in DC. Zero, he could be the worst owner in the league, by a mile!! Look, I’m not a JJ fan but the man helped deliver one of the best dynasties of the last 40 years. Sure it took the other JJ to be the architect and coach, but he hired him and gave them everything they needed. That team was strong enough to win a title with Switzer pulling the strings!
    You can’t take away 3 rings no matter how foolish he has looked the last few years. Snyder on the hand should sell and move on, the skins are a joke!

  41. VOR says: Apr 13, 2009 9:35 AM

    Big M: Amen. Talk about hypocrisy.
    Reeves should be thankful. Jones did him a favor. The Cowboys are going to be one hurting team this year.

  42. Stlrfan1 says: Apr 13, 2009 9:44 AM

    Mighty B said:
    “Dan Reeves has been out of coaching for years…….and he’s still won a playoff game more recently than the Cowboys have:) ”
    That was pretty damn funny man!

  43. rgott28 says: Apr 13, 2009 1:56 PM

    Jerry Jone’s is quickly becoming Al Davis. I can’t wait until the Al Davis syndrome sets in completely. GO REDSKINS!!!!

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