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Jerry Jones: I decide when the windows close in Dallas

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There’s been a lot of talk in Dallas this offseason about how much longer this core group of players and coaches will be competitive. Owner Jerry Jones has said the team needs to win this year because there may not be many more opportunities, but quarterback Tony Romo has said the window isn’t closing.

Jones, however, made perfectly clear exactly where he stands today: The window may close rapidly, and anyone in Dallas who doesn’t think so should remember that Jones is the one who decides just how long anyone keeps his job with the Cowboys.

“There is an urgency. It’s my perception that decides when the windows are and where they are,” Jones said. “With that in mind, I’m saying that we need to get out here, get down to business, get in some playoffs and get knocking on the door.”

That could be interpreted as a shot at Romo, and perhaps a warning that if the Cowboys don’t win this year, Jones will close Romo’s window whether Romo thinks he’s done in Dallas or not. But Jones, who will turn 70 this year, said it’s not just Romo’s window or coach Jason Garrett’s window that’s closing. It’s Jones’s window, too, and that’s why he so desperately wants to win now.

“I think about it in everything I do,” Jones said. “I remember when I was younger I wanted to be older so people would pay more attention and I could talk to them better. So it seems like we’re always referring to that, experience or age, but from my perspective right now, I don’t have time to have a bad time.”

And if Jones has a bad time watching his team this year, some of the people who work for him are going to find that their windows have closed.

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73 Responses to “Jerry Jones: I decide when the windows close in Dallas”
  1. cakemixa says: May 30, 2012 5:06 PM

    In order for a window to be open, there has to be a window to begin with.

  2. kylexitron says: May 30, 2012 5:10 PM

    I think the calendar trumps mr. jones since the window seems to close around december for the Cowboys every year.

  3. beerbaron says: May 30, 2012 5:11 PM

    Old people are always closing windows because they get cold easily. Maybe it’s time to open the door, though, for a real GM?

  4. joetoronto says: May 30, 2012 5:13 PM

    The windows have closed on the Cowboys and the Chargers.

  5. kylexitron says: May 30, 2012 5:14 PM

    someone needs to make an iOS game where you’re jerry jones and you have to run around Cowboy’s stadium re-opening every window as fast as possible while they’re constantly closing behind you.

  6. hiltonandastoria says: May 30, 2012 5:14 PM

    That’s my secret Captain
    I’m always an egomaniac

    Rawr!!!!!!

    Jerry>>>The Cowboys, Dallas, the Fans
    In Jerry’s mind

  7. lucky5934 says: May 30, 2012 5:14 PM

    Dear Jerry,

    Um, that is not how it works. Deal with it.

    Sincerely,

    The Football Gods

  8. gmeninaz says: May 30, 2012 5:15 PM

    “I decide when the window closes in Dallas.” – Jerruh.

    If you forget, ELIte will take care of it for you…it’s starting to become customary anyway.

    Haha.

  9. blacknole08 says: May 30, 2012 5:16 PM

    Romo/Payton window is definitely closing in Dallas if they don’t make the playoffs this season. Their poor decision making costs the Cowboys the division last season.

  10. poet92581 says: May 30, 2012 5:17 PM

    Jerry Jones’ pimp hand is way strong young Jedi. Rule the dark side he does.

  11. nflcombineresults says: May 30, 2012 5:18 PM

    Jones’ window most likely won’t open until he stops trying to play GM.

    They’ve made the playoffs one time in the past four seasons — is that typically referred to as a window?

  12. len462 says: May 30, 2012 5:20 PM

    Jerry should just have his doc inject some of his Botox into the window. Then it won’t be able to close for a little while longer…

  13. tfbuckfutter says: May 30, 2012 5:20 PM

    Holy crap….Jerry Jones is only 70?

    Are you sure?

  14. citizenstrange says: May 30, 2012 5:21 PM

    I believe the window slammed shut with a sonic boom when Jimmy Johnson left.

    Barry Switzer was able to sneak one in the back door though.

  15. dirtybird28 says: May 30, 2012 5:23 PM

    Nothing like forcing pressure and urgency to scurry your young team and new coaching staff into failure.

  16. dvdman123 says: May 30, 2012 5:25 PM

    The Cowboy’s window has been boarded up for ages now.

  17. electionconfidential says: May 30, 2012 5:26 PM

    Actually he’s right…. his decisions are behind all the closing windows… Always have been since he fired Jimmy Johnson.

  18. omegaichiban says: May 30, 2012 5:27 PM

    I’m a Dallas fan…I always wonder how many more Superbowls we would have won if his big ego/mouth hadn’t run off Jimmy Johnson??

  19. lolb23 says: May 30, 2012 5:31 PM

    Window closed in the 90’s

  20. millertime30 says: May 30, 2012 5:40 PM

    @Blacknoleo8 who is the Payton in this Romo/Payton combination you speak of?

  21. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2012 5:43 PM

    Hopefully Jer does a better job deciding when to close the window than he did deciding when to close the doors at the SB.

  22. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 30, 2012 5:43 PM

    Or whenever he kicks the bucket. Whichever comes first.

  23. moagecu says: May 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    Can this guy retire as a GM finally?

  24. rarelyclever says: May 30, 2012 5:53 PM

    There aren’t many things more terrifying than having Jerry Jones standing outside your window beckoning you to open it. Unfortunately, it’s just what we Dallas residents have to deal with.

  25. victorycruz says: May 30, 2012 5:53 PM

    I’m a Giants fan, but I think they should’ve never fired Parcell, and work on that horrific secondary a long time ago, which I see they finally addressed now. Their offense is fine besides bad turnovers, and for some reason not showing up in clutch situations and in Dec/Jan.

  26. jakek2 says: May 30, 2012 5:53 PM

    Cowboys’ fans should take comfort that Jerry is almost in that senile stage that Al Davis slipped into once he turned 70. Then, they’ll only have another 10 years or so of more suffering.

  27. gpete1962 says: May 30, 2012 5:54 PM

    citizenstrange says: May 30, 2012 5:21 PM

    I believe the window slammed shut with a sonic boom when Jimmy Johnson left.

    Barry Switzer was able to sneak one in the back door though.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    JJ just couldn’t admit Jimmy was the foundation and personality of that whole group players

    Ray Handley could have won a Superbowl with that team !!

  28. Slackmo says: May 30, 2012 5:55 PM

    Cowboys fans will be jumping out of windows soon.

  29. cliffordc05 says: May 30, 2012 5:55 PM

    The Cowboys have a decent roster. That being said, does anyone really believe that Tony Romo will win a Super Bowl with the core of players on the current roster.

    I know this sounds like a slam but I just do not see the Cowboys winning a Super Bowl with this group of players. There just seems to be something missing.

  30. historicfacepalm says: May 30, 2012 5:58 PM

    The minute he hired Garrett as his head coach he closed his own window. Great coaches are not great yes-men, which is what Jerry ultimately wants.

  31. racksie says: May 30, 2012 6:05 PM

    Well that last Super Bowl was a huge success, so why not give him another chance to embarrass himself in front of tens of millions of people. And screw 3000 people out of their seats.

  32. promickey says: May 30, 2012 6:06 PM

    Wow Jerry! You also decide when the Dallas Cowboys are going to lose, not make the playoffs and when the Cowboy fans should forget about the Super Bowl. That’s right Jerry because you make all the inept decisions that allow failure to prevail.

  33. londonbengal says: May 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    Jerry Jones in Dallas, Dan Snyder in Washington, Mike Brown in Cincinnati, and Al Davis in Oakland.

    All clubs whose overpowering owners who think they can be the team GM

    = clubs with lousy records over the last 2 decades.

    Get a clue Jerry, fire yourself and hire a proper football GM. Same applies to the guy in Cincy.

  34. armoderate says: May 30, 2012 6:10 PM

    I guess verbal skills are not a prerequisite in becoming a millionaire or owning an NFL team….“There is an urgency. It’s my perception that decides when the windows are and where they are.” Huh?

  35. blacknole08 says: May 30, 2012 6:11 PM

    Wow that was a gaffe on my part millertime. I meant jason garrett.

  36. chargerzz says: May 30, 2012 6:20 PM

    Good luck eagles and giants run that division hahaha cowboys suck

  37. johnnytubetop says: May 30, 2012 6:21 PM

    “There’s been a lot of talk in Dallas this offseason about how much longer this core group of players and coaches will be competitive.”

    ———————-

    In case no one’s noticed, the Cowboys haven’t been competitive since 2009.

  38. patriots123456 says: May 30, 2012 6:29 PM

    I just can’t picture Dallas winning a SB with Romo, just as I can’t picture Sanchez or Tebow winning a SB.

  39. wipemysweatjackoff says: May 30, 2012 6:30 PM

    The Cowboy hating trolls are out in full force….Garrett’s hiring was JJ’s single best personnel decision. In the short amount of time Garrett has been head coach the entire organization has taken a 180 degree positive turn. Anyone who is a true Cowboy fan understands that ole’ JJ makes you laugh with his sound bites – he really can’t take himself serious that is why his son Stephen and Garrett are slowly taking over the organization.

  40. jerruhjones says: May 30, 2012 6:38 PM

    I’m the decider!

  41. butch815 says: May 30, 2012 6:39 PM

    Bill Parcels closed the window the day he left Dallas. The recent improvements made by the Eagles, Giants and Redskins have nailed the Cowboys proverbial window shut for quite a few more years.

  42. sd5547 says: May 30, 2012 6:41 PM

    Too bad after your last face lift you can no longer decide when the eyes will close on your face.

  43. wipemysweatjackoff says: May 30, 2012 6:42 PM

    Why do Cowboy hating trolls believe that Jerry is a true GM? Do you think it says GM on his business card or letterhead? Who do you really think controlled the draft room this year in Dallas? Jerry is as much of a GM then me being President of the US. Stephen Jones and Garrett are taking over the reins of the organization and if anyone thinks Garrett is going anywhere then you are sadly mistaken because Stephen and Garrett are very tight and have an outstanding working relationship and have the same vision for the organization. even if JJ wanted to cut Garrett loose – Stephen would stop it just like JJ wanted to keep TO but Stephen stepped in and got TO busted out of Big D.

  44. nygf says: May 30, 2012 6:44 PM

    The window will stay closed if the QB can’t hit WR who are wide open to ice games.

  45. idoesthis25 says: May 30, 2012 6:45 PM

    Jerry needs to relax but I know that will not happen. The fact of the matter is the window never opened. Espn and media just like making a mockery of Dallas.

    The core of this team is young. The last few years were rebuilding years but cowboys fans dont want to hear that. Demarco murray, austin, bryant, claiborne, carr, tyron smith is 21, sean lee, carter, connor, scandrick all in their early to mid 20s..even the.older guys witten and ware are only approaching 30.

    Romo is 32. hes a young 32 because he became a starter in his 4th year I believe. The point is if the cowboys make the playoffs THEN the window cracks open. It starts with taking care of the division. If they cant do that then quite frankly they just arent better than the other nfc squads. Wins will change everything. in the nfl that can happen on a flash ask the giants

  46. butch815 says: May 30, 2012 6:46 PM

    RGIII is going to break Jerah’s Cowboy window.

  47. bobhk says: May 30, 2012 6:52 PM

    There’s always drama with the Cowboys. Some people say one thing. Jones says another.
    At the end of the day, it’s Jones’s word that really matter. So Romo and Garrett better try to win now.
    One more poor season and Jones will be looking for replacements.

  48. footballfanatic1906 says: May 30, 2012 6:52 PM

    Hey londonbengal Dan Snyder has been hands off for the past 3 years the Bengals made the playoffs with a rookie QB and WR and al Davis is dead. Dude you need to google and read up before you post.

  49. snyper94z28 says: May 30, 2012 7:09 PM

    the window is missed opportunities? or the window of mediocre? how about the window of disillusion?

    at least D. Snyder had admitted he has no idea what hes doing and hired a real GM.

  50. snyper94z28 says: May 30, 2012 7:11 PM

    lodonbegal, i guess the news to london takes five years or so to get there. Dan Snyder hasnt been hands on since Joe Gibbs came back, he also hired a GM…you might not of gotten that news yet over there in jolly ol england. the redskins have hired a GM, his name is Mr. Allen, son of a old redskins coach. wait a few more years, that news will get there eventually.

  51. wipemysweatjackoff says: May 30, 2012 7:15 PM

    You are wrong Bobhk – Read my previous posts and stop with the blabber. JJ’s word is not the final say so – JJ understands that you can’t wish a champion on the field and it takes time and consistency within the organization especially at the Head Coach position and coaching positions as a whole. He is done with the let’s hire a big name coach and pay him 6 million a year so Dungy, Gruden, Cowher etc. aren’t coming to Dallas.

  52. azpackerbacker says: May 30, 2012 7:19 PM

    I’m sure that the General Manager will make sure things run smoothly there this year and beyond.

    Wait a minute……

  53. Frazier28/7 says: May 30, 2012 7:21 PM

    We slammed that window shut in the 2009 divisional round playoff game at the Metrodome.

    Get a real general manager. Jones makes Spielman look like a genius.

    And Drew Pearson still pushed off!

  54. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: May 30, 2012 7:28 PM

    i hope jerry jones keeps that window open come winter or else the stink that is december / january Cowboys football would really stink

  55. oldcracker says: May 30, 2012 7:29 PM

    The Cowboy fans & J.J. deserve each other.

  56. cowboysallday says: May 30, 2012 7:43 PM

    Window opens when you hand over your GM responsibilities to someone else Jerry

  57. dd393 says: May 30, 2012 7:45 PM

    Jerry Jones closes the Cowboy’s Super Bowl window every day that he goes to work.

  58. bobhk says: May 30, 2012 7:53 PM

    wipemysweatjackoff says:
    May 30, 2012 7:15 PM
    You are wrong Bobhk – Read my previous posts and stop with the blabber. JJ’s word is not the final say so – JJ understands that you can’t wish a champion on the field and it takes time and consistency within the organization especially at the Head Coach position and coaching positions as a whole. He is done with the let’s hire a big name coach and pay him 6 million a year so Dungy, Gruden, Cowher etc. aren’t coming to Dallas.
    ———–
    Laughable stuff. Firstly you have no insight into Jones’s thinking, do you? Are you related to him or on his staff? Jones’s thinking is consistency and yet he forced Johnson out and Parcells left in 3 years. Is this why no head coach has lasted more than 4 years in Dallas (after Johnson)
    And yes, since Jones signs the check, his word is the final. Just ask him.
    Quit flapping your gums.

  59. wipemysweatjackoff says: May 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    Really – I would definitely say more insight then you. How is my above comments laughable? Which one of my comments is inaccurate? JJ simply is relinquishing his day to day functions more to his son and his current HC, those are facts not my opinion. Instead of trolling this website why not go read dallascowboys.com, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Dallas Morning news, and other Dallas Cowboys related media. it’s not that complicated.

  60. wipemysweatjackoff says: May 30, 2012 8:13 PM

    And you don’t believe he has learned from a mistake he made with Johnson from 20 years ago? Parcells is a mercenary type of coach – he wasn’t in it for the long haul and he and JJ had a solid relationship. The teams which have the most consistency in there coaching staffs are your teams with the most consistent Wins and Losses record as well as playoff appearances. I believe that JJ finally understands that fact so Garrett isn’t going anywhere even the Boys went 8-8 again he will be back and probably get a contract extension.

  61. tonyromoisterrible says: May 30, 2012 8:19 PM

    I love the fact that jerrah always needs to flap his gums to the world. He is a leather faced joke and won’t win a thing before he is 6 feet under.

    HTTR!!!!!!!!!

  62. skins1970 says: May 30, 2012 8:45 PM

    That window has been shut closed for 17 years and counting.

  63. backindasaddle says: May 30, 2012 8:51 PM

    They’ll never go all the way because Tony Romo will pull a bonehead move and lose the whole thing.

  64. bobhk says: May 30, 2012 8:53 PM

    wipemysweatjackoff says:
    May 30, 2012 8:07 PM
    Really – I would definitely say more insight then you. How is my above comments laughable? Which one of my comments is inaccurate? JJ simply is relinquishing his day to day functions more to his son and his current HC, those are facts not my opinion. Instead of trolling this website why not go read dallascowboys.com, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Dallas Morning news, and other Dallas Cowboys related media. it’s not that complicated.
    ———
    Relinquishing day to day stuff is a far cry from the being the guy who owns it (and by extension is the person who pays everyone and is the final decision maker). It’s true of any business.
    Since you are claiming that all this day to day stuff being handed to Stephen and Garrett why not post a link to it.
    As far as learning his lesson is concerned, it’s taken him 18 years and 5 booted head coaches to learn his lesson? Must be a slow learner.
    I interpret his comments above to imply that he does not want to endure too many disappointing season now that he’s 70. If they don’t start winning soon, no one is above being replaced.

  65. bobhk says: May 30, 2012 8:55 PM

    BTW @ wipemysweatjackoff
    The quote from Jones is: “It’s my perception that decides when the windows are and where they are”.
    I don’t know how anyone can be any more clearer that it’s not Jones Jr or Garrett that makes the call.

  66. jucam1 says: May 30, 2012 9:14 PM

    The worlds biggest clown with money…. You’re a douche!

  67. frankdatank23 says: May 30, 2012 9:35 PM

    thats the problem jerry………..

  68. 49er4life says: May 31, 2012 12:32 AM

    People. The message behind Jerry Jones’ statement was directed mostly at Tony Romo. Either Romo steps up his game, and starts to take care of business when it truly matters, or J. Jones is gonna find another QB who will. HELLO!!

  69. kappy32 says: May 31, 2012 4:14 AM

    The window closed before it was ever opened.

  70. bbk1000 says: May 31, 2012 6:10 AM

    As bad as Jerry is, he’s better than Matt Millen, but it’s close.

  71. londonbengal says: May 31, 2012 11:01 AM

    @ ‘footballfanatic1906′ &
    ‘snyper94z28’…..

    ==============================

    How do you know I’m a ‘dude’ living in England ? I might be a girl living in London Ontario for all you know,,,,,,,

    I know Al Davis is dead; (RIP Al); and I know who Snyder has hired.

    I just re-iterate the obvious that Jones, Snyder, Brown and Davis are/were overpowering charachters, who dominate their franchises, but who have failed miserably in terms of results in recent years.

  72. axespray says: May 31, 2012 9:23 PM

    Cowboys got a handful of decent players… but in the NFC, they’re going up against teams that are loaded in every aspect.

    Packers/49ers/Saints/Eagles/Giants/Bears/Lions/etc.

  73. davidcl77 says: Jun 1, 2012 6:38 AM

    He’s a blowhard, plain and simple. He needs to shut the hell up and let someone who knows what they’re doing run the team.

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