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Jerry Jones defends his decision to talk to Garrett during the game

Tony Romo, Jerry Jones AP

During Saturday’s loss to the Eagles, Cowboys owner Jerry Jone went down to the sideline to talk to head coach Jason Garrett, to make sure Garrett knew the Giants had won earlier in the day and therefore the Cowboys didn’t have anything to play for.

Some fans and media members have suggested that Jones was out of line by doing that, but Jones says he can’t understand why anyone would think the owner of a business shouldn’t be involved in every element of that business.

It has amazed me to be criticized for really walking down on the floor of the company,” Jones said on KTCK-AM 1310, via the Dallas Morning News. “The more involved your top management, the more involved ownership can be, I’ve always thought made the best way for it to work.”

Jones says he doesn’t act any differently on game days now than he did in the 1990s, and that it worked out pretty well then.

“You didn’t see that kind of criticism very early on, but we were winning Super Bowls,” Jones said. “And it was the same exact way that we handled our decision-making and the exact same way that we handled our ultimate information gathering system. We’ve been doing it ever since I owned the team. The exact same way.”

Jones says he doesn’t tell Garrett who can play and who can’t, but he did want to make sure Garrett understood that quarterback Tony Romo didn’t need to take any chances by playing in an essentially meaningless game against the Eagles.

“That’s Jason’s decision, but he doesn’t need to be making that one by himself,” Jones said. “So I wanted to, very briefly, step down there with just a few minutes gone in the first quarter, sit there and say, ‘Here’s the lay of the land. Romo’s got a hand injury, but it looks like we’re going to have him for New York.'”

And if Jones thinks his coach might not know the lay of the land, Jones is going to make sure his coach knows the lay of the land. That’s going to be the case as long as Jones owns the Cowboys.

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73 Responses to “Jerry Jones defends his decision to talk to Garrett during the game”
  1. kinguga says: Dec 26, 2011 8:27 PM

    Go hire some good football minds, Jerry.

    Wait. I hate the Cowboys.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Jerry.

  2. hallcyon says: Dec 26, 2011 8:29 PM

    Jimmy Johnson wouldn’t have any of that, which is why he is long gone.

  3. jebdamone says: Dec 26, 2011 8:29 PM

    i don’t always love the decisions JJ makes but i have to agree with him that, as the owner, they are his to make…and i hate the cowboys.

  4. cakemixa says: Dec 26, 2011 8:30 PM

    Jerry Jones too involved, and out of line? No way!

  5. cunninglinguist69 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:33 PM

    Considering some of the recent decisions that Jason Garrett has made, I don’t necessarily blame Jerry for making sure his head coach knew what the heck was going on.

  6. gmen5280 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:39 PM

    Garret is truly a figure head. Jera is the ultimate micro manager. Successful business owners/bosses surround themselves with people that are experts in their field. Jones is under the allusion that no one knows football x and o’s better than he. Sooner or later, Jera will have the headset on in the owners box with a direct line to Garrets headset.

    Well at least Jera didn’t go done and push Romo around in a wheel chair, ala Art Blank.

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

  7. gadgetdawg says: Dec 26, 2011 8:41 PM

    Maybe Jones should hang around on the sidelines during future 2 minutes drills. It seems the coach would benefit from having someone down there to explain ‘the lay of the land’ to him.

  8. raynman49 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:42 PM

    It’s Jason’s decision, but he can’t make this one by himself.?? What does that mean? It means Jerry is owner, general manager, and supreme poobah. Nut case. just tell it like it is.

  9. ajknox88 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:42 PM

    “The more involved your top management, the more involved ownership can be, I’ve always thought made the best way for it to work.”

    true statement that many companys can say employees appreciate. However, that is not the time for you to get involved. Break the news to them after they play. Either way it’s a win-win.

    1. If you won, you automatically made your own way into the playoffs.

    2. You lost, and you automatically got into the playoffs.

  10. tampajoey says: Dec 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    It’s called micro-managing and it’s crippling effect contributes to inefficacy in companies across the country. Surround yourself with good qualified people and let them do their job. Hold your people accountable, but stay out of their way.

  11. hughjassphd says: Dec 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    So how long until Jerry decides to suit up?

  12. seatownballers says: Dec 26, 2011 8:50 PM

    Stay in the owner box jerry. You look silly being so involved. You come off as a control freak that loves media attention. Why didn’t he use the phone our send an errand boy to deliver the message? Cause he choses to be seen controlling things! Ughh!

  13. irishgary says: Dec 26, 2011 8:50 PM

    The entier organization is a joke and it starts at the top.

    Giants -3 is a gimme.

  14. melikefootball says: Dec 26, 2011 8:52 PM

    Surly God-del can figure out a way to get a fine in here before the New year.

  15. milehighsal says: Dec 26, 2011 8:55 PM

    Will PFT please make up their mind on who is to blame for Dallas’ demise. I mean every other day it changes with you people. One day it’s Romo’s fault, then it’s Garretts, then it’s Big Rob Ryans fault and finally it’s JJ’s fault. It’s a ferris wheel. Perhaps we should blame Tom Landry?

  16. commandercornpone says: Dec 26, 2011 8:56 PM

    in jerry’s case, what curtain?

  17. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 26, 2011 8:56 PM

    The Cowboys will never be good again because this idiot doesn’t know his role.

  18. macker1283 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:00 PM

    It shows that Jerry has no confidence in the people he hires to make the right decisions.

  19. dalaus9963 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:01 PM

    Jerry Jones is an idiot. He’s destroyed the franchise…but he has a nice stadium his team spends a lot of time losing in. And I’m a life-long Cowboys fan.

  20. 122u says: Dec 26, 2011 9:04 PM

    I think Jerry should do what Jerry is good at:
    Stay up in the booth and enjoy his drinks.
    This is a good example between a privately owned team and a publicly owned team, such as the Packers. In a privately owned team, the owner can more or less do as he wishes. He can stagger on the field half drunk and pretend to be the coach or move the team to California if he wishes. I count my blessings every day I’m a Packer Fan and treasure that worthless piece of stock :)

    The Road To The Lombardi Trophy
    Goes Through Lambeau Field
    Where It Belongs &
    Where It’s Gonna Stay!

  21. FinFan68 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:07 PM

    I see nothing wrong with what JJ did in this case. He doesn’t routinely talk to the HC during a game but as an owner it is perfectly within his rights to advise the people he works for of his wishes and the newest information. It may be micro-managing, but honestly, Garrett has not made good decisions lately and the stakes are too high for Jones to sit back and hope the correct decision is made.

  22. goforthanddie says: Dec 26, 2011 9:08 PM

    Yes, Jerry. Nobody else in the stadium, nor those colossal scoreboards you installed, could possibly have told him the score.
    Shut up Jerry. We know you’re the owner, and we know you’re an idiot. PLEASE stay the fsck out of the headlines and let intelligent people run the team so that some day I might be proud to say I like the Cowboys.

  23. bluvayner says: Dec 26, 2011 9:11 PM

    Does Jerry’s new $1B stadium not have phones installed on the sideline?

  24. rcampore says: Dec 26, 2011 9:11 PM

    Jerry reminds me of the owner of my company. He’s older and seems to be stuck in the successes of the past. Reminiscing about how things were in the past and set in the old ways. Just because something worked in the past doesn’t mean it will work now. Jerry seems to think that just because he won Super bowls 20 years ago doing the same things, it will work now and that will be his Achilles heel.

    As a Giant fan though, I am glad that he will not change and will continue to do this for years to come.

  25. scytherius says: Dec 26, 2011 9:14 PM

    Hey, it’s his team, he can do what he want. Having said that he is a man with ZERO respect for the game and his meddling has kept the Cowboys from being anything more than a “not bad to meh” team.

    No SBs for Cowboys as long as this meddling fool runs the show. I guess that means “ever”.

  26. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Dec 26, 2011 9:14 PM

    Jerry should stay home and watch the games. What an idiot this guy is.

  27. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 26, 2011 9:16 PM

    Worse coaching job in the league. I would rather coach the Jaguars.

  28. aaronzona2011 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:18 PM

    isn’t this what the telephone is for?

  29. damnyankee13 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:18 PM

    Jerry Jones —-shut the hell up < YOU are the reason the Cowpies are Losing. Yes YOU.Matter of fact, dont shut up till the Giants put a New York style whuppin on your girlie cowpie butt!!

  30. selmonfan63 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:20 PM

    They don’t show the scores from other games in that stadium? Seems like Garrett could have easily figured out the winner of the Giants game.

  31. abninf says: Dec 26, 2011 9:28 PM

    It’s his team. At least he gives a *hit.

  32. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 26, 2011 9:29 PM

    It’s sad but true. It is his company and he can do what he wants. Yes he may have did that in the 90’s and they won super bowls but things change. I don’t carry a zack Morris cell phone around anymore. I change to keep up with the times. Companies change the way they have to operate to stay competitive. That being said, just because it worked then doesn’t mean it works now.

  33. omegaichiban says: Dec 26, 2011 9:30 PM

    The best hire Jerry made was Jimmy Johnson.
    Then his ego got in the way and Jimmy quit. End of SB run. The triplets decided to take the team over and won another after underachieving in Switzer’s first year. Annnnd no Super Bowls since…so whatever Jerry is doing, isn’t working. Idon’t know that it ever has. and I’m a Cowboy fan.

  34. omegaichiban says: Dec 26, 2011 9:32 PM

    Having said all that, send an assistant down.

  35. cliffordc05 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:36 PM

    Jerry doesn’t understand why a micro-manager should not always be a micro-manager.

  36. djstat says: Dec 26, 2011 9:39 PM

    Who is not rooting for the Giants? I mean the look on jones face losing would be priceless

  37. blmonroe12 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:39 PM

    Jones doesn’t get it. Being a successful business man doesn’t make you a knowledgable or capable NFL executive or talent evaluator. He needs to stay in the box and let football men do what football men do.

  38. rangersteve says: Dec 26, 2011 9:39 PM

    As a lifelong Cowboy fan, I can only say I’m so happy the Rangers are doing as well as they have the last 2 years. When MLB’s Winter Meetings have more meaning to me than the current Cowboy’s fiasco, that’s saying something.

  39. keepitsimplestoopid says: Dec 26, 2011 9:40 PM

    Jerry is also amazed more people don’t know he poops rainbows and pees sunshine….

  40. childressrulz says: Dec 26, 2011 9:45 PM

    Jerry is one of the biggest idiots in professional football. The Cowboys are complete crap and will be forever. That is why they are no longer America’s team.

  41. hushbrother says: Dec 26, 2011 9:52 PM

    And this is why the Cowboys will never win anything as long as Jerry Jones owns the team. As soon as they come close to having a championship caliber team, he’ll start meddling, to ensure he will be given the lion’s share of the credit. It never works.

  42. jpb12 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:57 PM

    Probably couldn’t have predicted the Giants winning scenario during the week, and talked about it.

    Also robs Jerral of the TV time he he’s entitled to in his contract

  43. bigperm33 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:25 PM

    couldnt that info been passed to garrett without jones walking down and telling him? garrett is wearing a headseat, i imagine there are scoreboards all around, put the score on that huge video screen. Jones wasnt just passing along this information, he was telling garrett not to play romo. i dont see the owners of the teams that are good year in and year out doing this types of things. but keep at it jerry.

  44. fittytuckin says: Dec 26, 2011 10:25 PM

    Can’t wait to see him on the sidelines as the head coach next year.

  45. charliereno says: Dec 26, 2011 10:32 PM

    I love how Jerruh tries to disguise meddling as ‘being involved’. He’s just as pretentious as he is arrogant.

  46. tinbender2000 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:38 PM

    Funny when I worked for other people/companies I never had an owner tell me how to weld in a frame rail or pull out a quarter panel. If a foreman or another tech had a suggestion I’d listen, but an owner in a suit who never did the work? Come on man.
    On a side note this is why Rob Ryan’s not the head coach. He wouldn’t put up with this crap.

  47. cmack21 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:55 PM

    it worked in the 1990’s…
    yes we are going into 2012, so how has it worked out since then? Cant wait to see them get stomped Sunday night

  48. 1captain1 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:58 PM

    By god if I own something I’ll do what the he!! I want!

  49. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 26, 2011 11:01 PM

    Who the hell would want to coach the Cowboys? Jerry Jones is about ten years away from being Bud Adams.

  50. nightrain42 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:18 PM

    That’s Jerry being Jerry. He’s a liar. Garrett didn’t hve any say so as to Romo going back in. Jerry tld him he better not!

  51. goblue714 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:18 PM

    Teams with nosey owners always suck…point blank.

  52. the1849ers says: Dec 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    Jerry Jones is the new Al Davis.

  53. johnshawisgay says: Dec 26, 2011 11:56 PM

    What’s really amazing is that the people of Dallas keep giving money to this circus clown…

  54. yevrag3535 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:20 AM

    Jerry – nice face, Cowboys will choke. No guys on that teams.

  55. commonsensedude says: Dec 27, 2011 12:25 AM

    In honor of the most annoyingly intrusive owner in professional sports, I wrote a short tribute to Jerry Jones. Since it’s all about a Texas-sized ego, sing it to the tune of “Home on the Range”:

    [i]
    Oh, hire me a coach
    Who will let me encroach
    Into every part of his day

    I’ll pace the sideline
    Coach the Offensive Line
    And I’ll call the occasional play

    Home, home or away
    My employees can’t keep me at bay
    I won’t seek and find
    A great football mind
    So we won’t get no more rings this way[/i]

  56. cup0pizza says: Dec 27, 2011 12:46 AM

    I hate Jerry Jones, and I’m a Dallas fan. One day this crap has just got to change.

  57. ezg1 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:05 AM

    Jacka$$ Jerrugh, it appears, fails to understand how his asinine actions adversely effect his organization. Undermining his staff publicly to inflate his own selfish self centered ego defies basic management principles.Those who continually make the same judgmental errors and expect different results are considered…..

  58. rmac63 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:45 AM

    I’ve been a life long Dallas fan. No, they are not my favorite team any longer. Why? Because Jerry jones can’t let his people alone. That’s why Jimmy left. That’s why there has been no super bowl run, since they had a jimmy Johnson team. With boomer sooner’s win, it was still Jimmy’s team.
    Do we see any likenesses here now? Jerry does not trust Garrett, Garrett does not trust Romo. We don’t trust Jerry to make knowledgeable decisions regarding the game of football. He’s a marketing manager at best. Jerry! find someone who can bring back America’s team! Then, leave them alone!

  59. dladd79 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:51 AM

    The man’s a successful 3 time champion. Getting criticized by broke couch riders. As a Cowboys fan I envy his position. He is a fan of the game that owns his favorite team. Again getting criticized by part time fans. When its all said and done we will be talking about at least the 3time Superbowl winning owner Jerry Jones. Most teams don’t even have 1. Easy to criticize when your at home on your CPU calling shots.

  60. PantySTEELER says: Dec 27, 2011 2:51 AM

    Can anyone please explain why this mickey mouse group is supposedly “America’s Team”. Are they the winning-est team in the history of the NFL??? Are they consistently making long runs in the post-season??? I’m not even boasting about the steel curtain but just really tired of hearing about consistently under-achieving team with and an owner who thinks he’s Al Davis!!!

  61. dladd79 says: Dec 27, 2011 4:13 AM

    childressrulz says: Dec 26, 2011 9:45 PM

    Jerry is one of the biggest idiots in professional football. The Cowboys are complete crap and will be forever. That is why they are no longer America’s team.

    _________________

    No longer America’s team is exactly why everyone is commenting on this nothing a$$ story. I would say hey pal gimmie 5 but you probably can’t.

  62. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 27, 2011 4:17 AM

    They show the scores of other games in stadiums. At least I assume they do it in Dallas too.

  63. 1fast84 says: Dec 27, 2011 4:45 AM

    Every cowboy fan and most nfl fans act like Jerry Jones is the worst owner possible. I beg to differ.
    Jones good points-He actually played football in high school and was co captain of the 1964 National Championship football team( University of Arkansas
    Cowboys achievements with jerry jones as owner
    Playoff appearances
    1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009
    Division championships
    1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009
    Conference championships
    NFC: , 1992, 1993, 1995
    Super Bowl Championships
    1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), 1995 (XXX)

    Okay now the owner of my local football team Mike Brown who took control of the cincy bengals after his dad died.
    Mike Brown never played football at any level.
    Brown does not care if the team wins or loses as long as he gets his NFL profit sharing.
    And finally the bengals achievements after Mike Brown
    Playoff appearances
    NFL: 2005, 2009
    Division championships
    AFC North: 2005, 2009

    So now does Jerry Jones look any better as owner?

  64. dladd79 says: Dec 27, 2011 7:46 AM

    tampajoey says: Dec 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    It’s called micro-managing and it’s crippling effect contributes to inefficacy in companies across the country. Surround yourself with good qualified people and let them do their job. Hold your people accountable, but stay out of their way.
    ________________________

    Your job at McDONALD’S is no comparison.

  65. gs7101 says: Dec 27, 2011 7:49 AM

    Jones is the one who signs the team’s checks and has every right manage his company at his discretion; however, it’s ludicrous for him to say he only wanted to inform his coach the Giants had already won their game. Surely, Garrett saw the final score on the Cowboys stadium’s gigantic scoreboard — I’m not buying his explanation for talking to his coach during the game; no one wants their boss to be looking over their shoulders while at work!

  66. crubenst says: Dec 27, 2011 8:49 AM

    What Jerry doesn’t realize is that moves like that completely undercut Garrett’s authority with the team and render him useless as the leader of the team.

  67. luckyarmpit says: Dec 27, 2011 9:05 AM

    @1fast84 – You make an excellent point, and I agree with the statement that Jerry Jones is the owner, and the Cowboys are his to do with as he pleases. However, please see the following statements from the article –

    “Jones says he doesn’t act any differently on game days now than he did in the 1990s, and that it worked out pretty well then.

    “You didn’t see that kind of criticism very early on, but we were winning Super Bowls,” Jones said. “And it was the same exact way that we handled our decision-making and the exact same way that we handled our ultimate information gathering system. We’ve been doing it ever since I owned the team. The exact same way.””

    That shows why the Cowboys have been pathetic since the 90’s… he’s using a system that’s been around since the 90’s. You have to change and adapt as time goes on.

    None of the 31 other teams (that I’m aware of) has an owner that comes down from his/her suite to tell the coaches what decisions to make. He should quit hiring/firing head coaches and put the headset on himself. Either that, or stay in his suite and sign the checks.

  68. howley1 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:13 AM

    Things could be worse. The Cowboys could have a Men’s Wearhouse salesman as President, an Ernst & Young accountant as GM, a disconnected documentary producer as owner and a Lane Bryant moomoo model as head coach.

  69. sslugnuts says: Dec 27, 2011 9:55 AM

    If that’s what you want to do, that’s fine, how about get on the headset and talk to him. Quit being a jackoff Jerah, you are wearing us thin!!!

  70. tampajoey says: Dec 27, 2011 11:09 AM

    dladd79 says: Dec 27, 2011 7:46 AM

    Your job at McDONALD’S is no comparison.

    ——————————————

    Your comment speaks volumes to the type of person you are. You treat people disrespectfully to compensate for your own intellectual and physical inadequacies.

  71. CKL says: Dec 27, 2011 1:03 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 9:07 PM
    I see nothing wrong with what JJ did in this case. He doesn’t routinely talk to the HC during a game but as an owner it is perfectly within his rights to advise the people he works for of his wishes and the newest information. It may be micro-managing, but honestly, Garrett has not made good decisions lately and the stakes are too high for Jones to sit back and hope the correct decision is made.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Correct, he owns it he has every right to do what he pleases. Problem is looks like he wants it to be more about him wanting to be right than it is about winning.

    If you hire a guy and would rather humiliate him publicly (and as another poster correctly pointed out, undermine his coach’s authority) by trumpeting that what you did was advising him on the sidelines to sit his QB during the game and that he doesn’t need to make that call by himself, that shrieks of ego & insecurity over wanting the team to succeed. He could simply have said, “What coach and I spoke about in that time is between us.”

    Also, it ultimately calls his judgment as an owner into play since he is the one who hired Garrett in the first place. The buck stops with JJ either way.

  72. vincentbojackson says: Dec 27, 2011 1:14 PM

    Apparently Jason Garrett does not possess the ability to see or understand the out of town scoreboard.

  73. dladd79 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    Just tired of wannabe men in here getting so called thumbs up for hating. And as for some of those other ship jumpers and fair weather Cowboys/football fans talking bout. Hey I’m not a Cowboys fan anymore getting thumbs up. You and everyone voting for you are and have never been real anyway. As a Cowboys fan I respect Justin Tucks hatred for the Cowboys he plays the game and he is obviously a real fan and understands loyalty to his own team unlike some of the clowns on this thread.

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