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Jerry Jones: Cowboys don’t have a country club atmosphere

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Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson got into a tiff with owner Jerry Jones last year about Johnson’s claim that the Cowboys are run like “a country club where everybody’s buddies.” Jones still says that assessment is false.

Jones spoke to Cowboys season ticket holders on a conference call today, and he said the players are working far too hard for anyone to think it’s a country club.

“I don’t think that we do have a country club atmosphere around here,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “There’s too much competition.”

Jones also said that head coach Jason Garrett has the right leadership style to get the Cowboys to take the next step.

“We’ve got as good or better leadership than my experience in 24 years with the Cowboys has seen. I think the stage is set with the attitude, the personnel, what Jason Garrett is doing relative to his leadership. All of those things will come to bare. We just need to win a couple of games that we didn’t win, let’s say each of the last two years, get in the tournament and go from there,” Jones said.

Jones said he has studied the last two Super Bowl winners, the Ravens and Giants, and he doesn’t see any reason the Cowboys can’t get where those teams are.

“Baltimore and the Giants are really encouraging. It’s hard for me to say, but we know how the Giants got there and won the world championship, we know how Baltimore [did it],” Jones said.

Those teams didn’t get to the Super Bowl by treating training camp like a country club. And Jones insists the Cowboys aren’t doing that, either.

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66 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Cowboys don’t have a country club atmosphere”
  1. berniemadoffsides says: May 1, 2013 7:03 PM

    Step 1: Fire yourself.
    Step 2: Hire a real GM.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: May 1, 2013 7:04 PM

    Jerry I wish you would keep your trap shut sometimes.. Every word you speak attracts criticizism.
    Here come the hating trolls.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 1, 2013 7:05 PM

    More like a motorcycle club atmosphere.

  4. my2cents27 says: May 1, 2013 7:06 PM

    They also don’t have a quarterback!!

  5. mrbigass says: May 1, 2013 7:06 PM

    Well, you could start by not drafting a 3rd rounder in the first round……LOL

  6. thestrategyexpert says: May 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    So if the Cowboys fail this year, what possible excuses will you use? And what will your response be to all of the concerns I had that you didn’t share? Would you admit that maybe my observations are significantly relevant?

  7. felonius1 says: May 1, 2013 7:10 PM

    Hey Jerrah, you know what those two teams have that yours doesn’t? A Proper GM

  8. jeremywflores says: May 1, 2013 7:10 PM

    They just play volleyball shirtless a la Top Gun.

  9. rcbn says: May 1, 2013 7:12 PM

    The problem as I see it is that Jerrah is doing the evaluating and opinionating!!!

  10. vikesfansteve says: May 1, 2013 7:17 PM

    Remember when he tried to claim it was his draft choices that built the Cowboys in the early 90′s not Jimmy Johnson. Now clean my glasses.

  11. willsco16 says: May 1, 2013 7:20 PM

    Yes, because Jerry is the only one reaping the benefits.

  12. selldannysell says: May 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    If he really studied Baltimore and the Giants, why is he still the GM?

  13. kd75 says: May 1, 2013 7:51 PM

    Note to Jerry: Leadership starts at the top.

    Lead. Follow. Or get out of the way, Jerry.

  14. obsessedvikingfan says: May 1, 2013 8:04 PM

    Keep doing what you are doing Jerry. One less team to worry about.

  15. bcgreg says: May 1, 2013 8:07 PM

    As he says sitting on his golf cart in shorts, golf shirt and hat.

  16. bcdc26 says: May 1, 2013 8:36 PM

    Ya huh

  17. jiggy3198 says: May 1, 2013 9:04 PM

    Thank you for being you.

    Signed rest of the NFL

  18. greymares says: May 1, 2013 9:17 PM

    Do not change a thing the Cowboys under your leadership are well on their way to multiple championships. You have proven to be a talented G.M. and why not it’s your team you own it, who knows better than you what is needed for YOUR team. please keep up the great work, thanks. the Giants, Redskins and Eagles.

  19. romo4life says: May 1, 2013 9:23 PM

    Haters gonna hate

  20. rmal83 says: May 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    Go Cowboys!

  21. odessabucs says: May 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    I grew up as a Cowboys fan and well remember the Ice Bowl! Jerruh Jones, the fact the Cowboys have such a dismal playoff record in recent years is testimony to the fact that you are incompetent as a GM, and you made a serious personal mistake by running off Jimmy Johnston. You’d be even richer. Clint Murchison, Tex Schramm and Tom Landry are rolling over in their graves.

  22. totallydisgusted says: May 1, 2013 9:32 PM

    I would characterize it more of an insane asylum than a country club. Amazing how Cowboys fans laughed at the Redskins for years while their team slowly and steadily became a raging tire fire.

  23. crazemastercraze says: May 1, 2013 9:39 PM

    I imagine him on his death bed after years of refusing to step aside as GM and his team failing in horrendous fashion. As he’s about to die, he realizes the damage he’s done due to his own narcissism and says “I’ve wasted my life”.

    Fin.

  24. rajbais says: May 1, 2013 9:40 PM

    You don’t.

    You have a “know nothing” atmosphere.

    Your DBs know nothing about pass defense
    Your coach know nothing about high octane offenses
    You know nothing about building a team.

  25. bucrightoff says: May 1, 2013 9:46 PM

    Its more like the circus

  26. thegregwitul says: May 1, 2013 9:47 PM

    The Cowboys have a ‘clown owner’ atmosphere. I heard a real GM could do wonders in clearing that all up.

  27. rcali says: May 1, 2013 9:48 PM

    I don’t know, Tony Romo is pretty good at golf.

  28. antneejay2 says: May 1, 2013 9:49 PM

    “he doesn’t see any reason the Cowboys can’t get where those teams are.”

    I wonder if he has a mirror handy.

  29. thejuddstir says: May 1, 2013 9:50 PM

    Jerrah is truely delusional and lives in a constant state of denial. I think the NFL should expand it’s drug testing to owners (Jerrah) and headcoaches (Rexy)

  30. lennydpocketqb says: May 1, 2013 9:52 PM

    jeremywflores says:
    May 1, 2013 7:10 PM
    They just play volleyball shirtless a la Top Gun.

    __________

    AKA… Wednesday’s at Cowboys training camp.

  31. drez146 says: May 1, 2013 9:54 PM

    Love Jerry Jones…..anytime I need a good laugh I find articles about him and the cowboys….thanks again Jerry

  32. gammynomnom says: May 1, 2013 9:58 PM

    vikesfansteve says: May 1, 2013 7:17 PM

    Remember when he tried to claim it was his draft choices that built the Cowboys in the early 90′s not Jimmy Johnson. Now clean my glasses.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Name all the great draft picks Jimmy Johnson made at Miami.I mean, he built the Cowboys, right?

  33. ken49ers says: May 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    Colin Kaepernick has more playoff wins last year than “America’s Team” has had in the past 25 years.

    LOL @ Dallas.

  34. bunglesandbears says: May 1, 2013 10:05 PM

    The country club atmosphere Jimmy’s describing isn’t amongst the players and coaches that Jerry’s cut and fired throughout the years.

    It resides with the GM/owner who win, lose or draw keeps getting to swing the bat.

  35. pens5829 says: May 1, 2013 10:05 PM

    Keep it up Jer! You’re providing a lifetime of entertainment.

  36. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 1, 2013 10:12 PM

    Jason conducts a tougher training camp than Wade Phillips did but I think Jimmy made a fair point and he wasn’t referring to training camp.

    Players knew Jimmy Johnson would cut people for falling asleep during a meeting. He did it.

    By country club, Jimmy was referring to Romo playing very poorly in critical games yet again this year but still getting his big contract with a photo of Jerry sitting on the couch playing with Romo’s kid. Disgusting.

    Brent chilling on the Cowboys sideline after he had a drunk driving accident that killed a teammate.

    Jason coddling players and making excuses for them.

    Oh yes Jerry, I’m afraid you have a good old boys club sure enough.

  37. classyjacklambert says: May 1, 2013 10:23 PM

    Yeah a country club intimates an element of class.

  38. ambitoos says: May 1, 2013 10:27 PM

    Maybe not this year but they have in the past.

  39. descendency says: May 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    Jerry Jones has whatever world he wants to live in because his guys around him are yes men.

    He needs someone who can come in and manage his team. He’s clearly lost his edge. It happens to everyone.

  40. cags777 says: May 1, 2013 10:43 PM

    No country club atmosphere, eh? When you have field level suites and cushy seats in the endzone (as opposed to your average joe six pack Cowboys fan) at Cowboys Stadium, Jimmy Johnson’s assessment of the team isn’t that far off.

  41. tigerboye says: May 1, 2013 10:47 PM

    “Jerry Jones: Those teams didn’t get to the Super Bowl by treating training camp like a country club. ”

    And the cowboys don’t treat training camp like a country club… Normally Jones reserves the country club atmosphere for the regular season

  42. deadeye says: May 1, 2013 11:07 PM

    Jerruh can truthfully described as the NFC East MVP. Where would Washington, Philly, and NYG be without him?

  43. beerjunkie69 says: May 1, 2013 11:11 PM

    Jones is simply delusional.

  44. lawyermalloy says: May 1, 2013 11:24 PM

    “We’ve got as good or better leadership than my experience in 24 years with the Cowboys has seen”
    yea, because the head coach will do whatever I tell him!

  45. droyer85 says: May 1, 2013 11:24 PM

    I’m pretty sure Bill Polian is looking for a job, and I’m pretty sure Jerry can easily beat his ESPN salary. Done. You’re welcome.

  46. footballhistorian says: May 1, 2013 11:26 PM

    EVERY time he gets pegged by Jimmy Johnson and then tries to come back with some bs to counter what Johnson says; Jones ends up looking like an even bigger tool…

  47. neva4get5 says: May 1, 2013 11:46 PM

    Does a real owner have to answer such questions about the atmosphere of his football team?… And can someone tell Tony that he cannot leave his putter on the goal line, it’s distracting the offense from scoring during the two-minute practice drills!!

  48. macdaddyspeed says: May 1, 2013 11:47 PM

    Can’t wait to read about other teams who don’t want a country club atmosphere

  49. bert1913 says: May 2, 2013 12:33 AM

    jerry the owner would have fired jerry the gm a long time ago, and jerry the gm would never be offered another gm job for the rest of his life.

  50. riverhorsey says: May 2, 2013 12:51 AM

    he never had anyone lead that team as well as jimmy johnson

  51. hawkstradamus says: May 2, 2013 1:41 AM

    And we have our first useless cowboys offseason non-story, story.

  52. coachbeck says: May 2, 2013 2:13 AM

    Seeing owners like Jerry Jones and Al Davis and whoever seems to own the browns. Make me proud and happy to have Mike Brown as my owner and GM.

  53. bigsdawg says: May 2, 2013 3:12 AM

    He too busy studying the past two Super Bowl winners, key word is “past”. That’s all he ever does plus he is a horrible evaluator of talent. I say quit studying the past and just create a future, have teams want to study about the Cowboys. Being in my late 20′s every year I get older the more I despise Jerry as a GM, his draft picks after the big Hershel Walker trade collectively have been trash. It’s frustrating I mean this dude let Dave Campo coach the team for like 3 years and drafted Quincy Carter in the 2nd round oh and gave away 1st round picks among others for Joey Galloway a Roy Williams. I want to say Joey Galloway’s first game with the Cowboy’s in week one got injured and was out for the season.

  54. calwilliams06 says: May 2, 2013 4:58 AM

    You have to feel for the Cowboys fans.

    Storied franchise…Jones arrives…early mega-success under Jimmy (Cowboys fans, and some neutrals, thinking dynasty to end all dynasties)…Jerry gets drunk, shoots his mouth off, digs himself into a hole he can’t get out of…takes the Cowboys down with him…

    Nigh on 20 years later, he’s still there sabotaging it.

    Funny thing is, the man who wants success so badly just cannot see that it is himself who is preventing it.

    How ironic.

  55. gammynomnom says: May 2, 2013 5:50 AM

    I like how my comments keep getting deleted altho all I keep asking is where were Jimmy Johnsons great draft picks in Miami?

    Dez was right.

  56. dwats says: May 2, 2013 5:51 AM

    May you live forever Jerry.

  57. vaphinfan says: May 2, 2013 7:45 AM

    I’m pretty sure he is not at every off season workout like their coaches but yet his opinion is the one that matters. Saying that I”m sure the players do work hard when he is around but when hes not they probably don’t becuase they know they just have to impress him and not the coaching staff.

  58. fresh1120 says: May 2, 2013 8:22 AM

    With all the DUIs and drug arrest in Dallas it is much more like a night club than a country club

  59. talong70 says: May 2, 2013 8:26 AM

    Ah Jerry Jones, a legend in his own mind.

  60. str8cashhomey says: May 2, 2013 9:29 AM

    Another comment gone….but this one saying nothing will most likely not be deleted

  61. bigsdawg says: May 2, 2013 10:12 AM

    Jimmy Johnson had a couple draft disappointments but also drafted Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Sam Madison, and Patrick Surtain in his era from 1994-99

  62. walkinginthewasteland says: May 2, 2013 11:39 AM

    “Jones said he has studied the last two Super Bowl winners, the Ravens and Giants, and he doesn’t see any reason the Cowboys can’t get where those teams are.”

    Apparently JJ glossed over the lack of egomaniacal owners who think they are all the GM their team needs when he reviewed the Giants and Ravens.

  63. gammynomnom says: May 2, 2013 1:15 PM

    Players knew Jimmy Johnson would cut people for falling asleep during a meeting. He did it.
    _________________________________

    dude, Irvin stabbed a guy in the neck and didn’t get cut.

  64. denverdude7 says: May 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    With Jerry Jones continuing to run the Cowboys as the teams GM it is easy to see them becoming the Jets of the NFC.

    Keep on keepin’ on Jerry !!!!!!!

    Luv Ya !!! Mean It !!!

  65. gammynomnom says: May 2, 2013 1:23 PM

    Jimmy Johnson had a couple draft disappointments but also drafted Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Sam Madison, and Patrick Surtain in his era from 1994-99
    ______________________________

    so in 4 years Jimmy drafted 4 memorable players in Miami but gets the credit for all the players that built Dallas’ Super Bowl teams?

    No… just no.

  66. twelsh36446 says: May 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    Jerry Jones is the biggest joke of the NFL. He should hire a GM and stay away from his players completely. The man has made up his own rules and expects the rest of the teams to put up with his interference. That team will never win until he walks away from it. They’re worse than the Detroit Lions.

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