Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admits there is some “inadequacy” with the team’s personnel, but anyone who thinks that means Jones needs to hire a general manager is wrong.
That’s what Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, where he said it would make no sense for the Cowboys to hire a general manager because if the Cowboys hired a general manager, that person would still report to Jones.
“It’s often said, Why don’t I get someone to be the G.M.? Why don’t I get someone to pick the players?” Jones said. “Well, who in the world do you think that person, when they walk through the door and say, ‘We want to get this player, and 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 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 get to know everything there is to know about the players before they get through the door.”
Jones’s explanation, however, seems to miss the point: If Jones hired a general manager, the idea would be that Jones would put his trust in that general manager to make the right decisions, and not say, “Show me the player,” before allowing the general manager to make a signing.
But the reality is, it doesn’t matter what Jones’s reasons are. He bought the Cowboys because he thinks it’s fun to run a football team, and he’s going to continue to run the football team.